Lean Thinking

What is The Beer Game?

By |2019-07-09T11:07:28+00:00July 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 [...]

Quit Asking Leaders for Support; Drive Your Own Lean Transformation

By |2019-07-02T13:40:17+00:00July 2nd, 2019|Categories: Culture, Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

It is important for workplaces to enable their employees to engage their creative sense in finding solutions for various challenges. A team of employees with a problem-solving mindset can push the organization to great heights. Many employees often find it difficult to get their leaders to engage with their ideas, so the ideas just “fizzle out”. [...]

Lean Thinking Will Reveal Some Leadership Lessons from Jazz Musicians

By |2019-05-21T14:33:54+00:00May 21st, 2019|Categories: Leading Lean, Lean Thinking|Tags: , , , |

To many, Jazz and leadership have nothing in common. To the few that can see the broader perspective, they find a lot of lessons to lift from how jazz is played, and how they can be bought into the boardroom. Whether you are an executive at a company, or you are an entrepreneur, there are some [...]

Lean Thinkers Know the Essence of the Perfect Working Environment

By |2019-05-07T21:07:09+00:00May 7th, 2019|Categories: Business, Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

Farmers use greenhouses to provide the perfect conditions for the growth of their plants. The conditions in a greenhouse are often set to ensure maximum benefit to plants. Compare that to planting the same plant in a cold and dark plot. The yield obtained from the two places would be very different. Thinking from that perspective, [...]

The Layered Process Audit: Part 2

By |2019-04-24T12:38:37+00:00April 24th, 2019|Categories: Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

This is part two of The Layered Process Audit. If you haven’t already, you should read part one.  In many organizations, the line supervisor has the responsibility for auditing to ensure that structures and processes such as standard work, 5S, safety, and quality checks are adhered to. The supervisor is usually the only one who is [...]

Why You Need Lean Thinking in Your Digital Transformation

By |2019-04-02T14:20:52+00:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Lean Thinking|Tags: , , , , |

Digital transformation is being sought by every business that wants to be a serious contender in their respective industry. Some are digitizing their product, optimizing operations, or reinventing business models. The fear of getting beaten by competitors is real. However, it is hampering lean thinking among business leaders. Many businesses are ending up just copying what [...]

Lean Thinking in Construction Processes – Part 2

By |2019-02-26T14:26:45+00:00February 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 [...]

Lean Thinking in Construction Processes – Part 1

By |2019-02-18T13:07:39+00:00February 18th, 2019|Categories: Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , , |

The popular belief is that “Lean” is a tool that is only used to enhance a “manufacturing” process. Its suitability in food, health, service, government, sales, among other business enterprises has for long been perceived as inappropriate and misaligned, to say the least. However, it appears Lean Thinking can be quite successful in such enterprises if [...]