Improving Capacity without Additional Capital

By |2021-06-24T17:45:42-04:00June 24th, 2021|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Uncategorized|

These uncertain times have added an abundance of pressure to manufacturers looking to keep up with increased consumer demand. The problem is that this pandemic world has also led to dramatic decreases in workforce capabilities, leaving companies scrambling to increase their output without increasing their spending. Companies that have adopted Lean strategies, however, are far better [...]

Lean Pitfalls

By |2021-05-11T15:06:59-04:00May 11th, 2021|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Uncategorized|

While there are many things that can constitute a Lean pitfall, there are three main pitfalls to be wary of. 1. Rules before Tools! Lean tools are powerful aids to improvement. However, you must first understand Lean thinking and learn the key Lean principles before using the tools. This is the only way you will be [...]

What Can Lean Do for You?

By |2021-03-16T14:29:56-04:00March 16th, 2021|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Fundamentals, Lean Learning, Uncategorized|

Lean methods consistently show staggering results across many sectors. A famous example of this is Harley Davidson. Facing bankruptcy in the early 80’s, Harley Davidson’s CEO decided to implement lean practices in order to turn things around. In a few years, Harley Davidson went from turning inventory twice a year to seventeen times per year, increased [...]

Lean Certification Programs from the Lean Learning Center

By |2020-03-15T21:08:11-04:00March 15th, 2020|Categories: Certification, Lean Learning|Tags: , , |

Working with thought leaders in industry and education over the past four years, the Lean Learning Center has developed a comprehensive, competency-based lean certification program designed to deliver results.  Hundreds of individuals at select sites have been certified through this program already. The Lean Learning Center is now making these certification programs available to everyone.  This [...]

Eliminating Waste, One Kanban Card at a Time

By |2019-12-03T17:14:20-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Lingo|Tags: , , , , |

Many people who are familiar with Lean methodologies, are also familiar with Kanban (not to be confused with Kan Jam – the popular tailgating game). Kanban is a proven method of managing materials and workflow to minimize waste and maximize productivity. Kanban’s humble beginnings can be traced back to a Toyota company in Japan in the [...]

What is The Beer Game?

By |2019-07-09T11:07:28-04:00July 9th, 2019|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Lean Training, The Lean Experience®|Tags: , , , , |

You may have heard about a Lean training module called The Beer Game. Well, it is not really a game and you do not get to drink beer during the game.  (Although many people drink beer after the game) The Beer Game is a simulation of a supply chain that illustrates how systems and processes impact [...]

Lean Thinking in Construction Processes – Part 2

By |2019-02-26T14:26:45-05:00February 26th, 2019|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Thinking, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , |

Read part 1 of this series by clicking here. The most logical first step is putting lean thinking into action is “mapping” the process. A detailed start-finish map, which divides the entire project into 5-6 major segments was essential. For instance, the construction of a building can be divided into site clearing and cleaning, foundation and [...]

How important is a manufacturing apprentice program?

By |2018-03-28T13:47:39-04:00March 28th, 2018|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Learning, Lean Training, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , |

If a manufacturing apprentice program is not one of the items on your company’s list of potential improvements, after learning about its many advantages you may wish to consider implementing one. In last week’s blog, we quoted Tooling U-SME Learning and Performance Improvement Leader (LPI) John Hindeman’s six reasons for starting a manufacturing apprentice program, as [...]

Learning is the Key to Successful Capital Formation

By |2018-02-22T12:46:01-05:00February 22nd, 2018|Categories: Business, Corporate Learning, Culture, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , , , , |

“Learning is the human capital accelerant of the enterprise,” writes Michael E. Echols, Vice-President of strategic initiatives at Bellevue University, in the April 2016 issue of CLOmedia.com. According to Echols, a significant segment of the country’s corporate culture believes that human capital formation only includes the process of training or developing new employees. Echols contends that [...]

Learning Professionals Must Be Learners

By |2018-01-31T20:16:03-05:00January 31st, 2018|Categories: Corporate Learning, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , |

Learning is a Lifetime Pursuit for All Professionals Any professional who considers learning a lifetime pursuit will never be left behind in today’s highly competitive marketplace. This certainly holds true for learning professionals. In today’s Information Age, no one can afford to retire their brains and ingenuity if they want to stay current with their profession. [...]

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