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Chaku Chaku & Other Lean Terms You Should Know

Chaku Chaku & Other Lean Terms You Should Know

We’re constantly told that change is a good thing, and, depending on the details of your current operation, most lean experts would also agree with that sentiment. Take the concept of Kaizen, for example. Kaizen is the environment of constant improvement and elimination of waste – in both time and materials – that lean operations

PDCA: How Can this Tool Help You?

PDCA: How Can this Tool Help You?

You may have heard of PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act), but how much do your really know and understand about it? Have you tried using this method in the past? Was it successful? If it wasn’t successful, what may have contributed towards its ineffectiveness? These are some questions you should ask yourself before making a true, valiant effort

Talking Kaizen and Lean with Mark Hamel

Talking Kaizen and Lean with Mark Hamel

Mark Hamel In this week’s interview, we are highlighting the expertise of Mark Hamel, a leader in lean and six sigma implementation, as well as an established author and blogger. He authored a book entitled, “Kaizen Event Fieldbook” and is an avid blogger for kaizenfieldbook.com. In this interview he answers questions related to Kaizen and Lean

Going Lean: Five Common Misunderstandings

Going Lean: Five Common Misunderstandings

The practice of implementing lean is becoming increasingly popular and it looks like lean might be here to stay. However, it is important to remember that lean isn’t just a quick fix or “extra” program. Instead, implementing a true lean mindset takes time. When lean is done correctly, it will help your business to grow

The Skepticism of Kaizen

The Skepticism of Kaizen

Kaizen continues to gain momentum as an exceptional tool for continuous improvement within many different employment sectors such as manufacturing, healthcare, business management, etc. However, despite a positive track record the Japanese derived term “Kaizen” still comes under harsh criticism from many employees and managers alike. Many people just don’t believe such radical changes can

Want Results? 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies that Work!

Want Results? 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies that Work!

Continuous improvement is the task of frequently seeking out ways to improve processes, products, or services. However, when it comes to the ongoing and ever-changing task of continuous improvement, it is important to remember that persistence and perseverance are vital. For instance, when cell phones first came out they were oversized, bulky, offered less than

Kaizen – An Organizations Journey towards Perfection

Kaizen – An Organizations Journey towards Perfection

Quality and productivity in an ideal situation should always go hand in hand. However, where there is a pressure to perform they are always pitted against each other. Business managers are always under a lot of pressure to hit targets and increase their output; this has a resultant effect of compromised productivity. Customers, due to

An Overview on Kaizen Techniques

An Overview on Kaizen Techniques

Kaizen refers to betterment and continuous improvement in any area of process like manufacturing, business, nursing, management, etc. There are two elements of Kaizen: improvement and continuity. Successful implementation of this technique requires the contribution of all the workers in an organization. Every member has to be the asset of the organization. The use of

3 Tips to Help Develop a Strong Lean Culture in Your Workplace

3 Tips to Help Develop a Strong Lean Culture in Your Workplace

Attempting to implement and sustain any new plan, including Lean, in a factory or even an office can meet a lot of resistance or bitterness, depending on the climate of your work environment and the attitudes of your employees or coworkers.  Management almost always needs to be involved and educated on both the production processes

Different Options in Safety Line Marking Materials

Different Options in Safety Line Marking Materials

Safety floor marking in any industrial facility can attract your attention since these are specifically regulated to do so. These markings are meant to promote safety and good working conditions as a part of the company’s 5s or Kaizen program that aim to improve business and the workplace by dealing with things like waste reduction,

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