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Lean Supplies Chain Management for Companies

Lean Supplies Chain Management for Companies

Lean systems are meant for producing the best products and services with little or no wastage of various kinds of resources. Lean supply chain management purports to create a well designed supply chain management system where all the resources are effectively utilized. The people, processes, technologies and suppliers will be optimized at the beginning of

Soaring Yields with Six Sigma

Soaring Yields with Six Sigma

The basics of management posit that input will more often than not equal the output. A meager input will result to insignificant yields with no prospects of progress creating a vicious cycle of low productivity. For any business manager to be able to reverse this, an intense and critical examination of all the aspects of

Who Is Interested in Lean Manufacturing?

Who Is Interested in Lean Manufacturing?

Matt Wrye of Beyond Lean set up a poll to see who was interested in reading about lean. According to Wrye, the majority of folks reading about lean on his blog were in middle management: “Who is reading Beyond Lean? 1. Mid-Level Managers = 40% 2.Senior Level Managers = 20% 3. Consultants = 20%” This

A3 for Lean Implementation

A3 for Lean Implementation

A3 image via Reliableplant.com Today, I was looking for a decent A3 problem-solving template for an engineering friend who was planning on implementing a lean program for his company, and I came across a helpful article on ReliablePlant.com by Larry Rubrick and a cool A3 powerpoint presentation at PowerShow.com (don’t hit download, just hit play).

Does Lean Mean “Easy and Simple”?

Does Lean Mean “Easy and Simple”?

Mark Hamel’s Gemba Tales blog is one website to which I continually return.  Hamel is an accomplished fellow, and that comes through in his writing.  Without sounding haughty or pompous, Hamel can throw real-world examples into his posts, and the reader will come away with something they didn’t know before. So, when he was writing

Lean Doesn’t Always Mean "5S First"

Lean Doesn’t Always Mean "5S First"

The other day, I wrote a post about an article I read by Bruce Hamilton on whether to start a lean program by using 5S. Today, I noticed Jamie Flinchbaugh’s lean blog, in which he cites his comments on that Old Lean Guy, Hamilton’s article, and he offers his concept that lean is more of