Lean Thinking

Enhanced Decision Making: Breaking Free From the Spiral of Indecision

By |2022-04-26T18:15:44-04:00May 24th, 2022|Categories: Lean Thinking, Management|Tags: , , |

Big life decisions, like applying for a new job, having kids, or starting your own company require a more sophisticated decision making process. These decisions require research, weighing the costs and benefits, and perhaps even consulting with loved ones or other professionals. Sometimes, we can easily acquire these resources to quickly identify the best choice for [...]

Theory of Constraints: How to Identify Weakness to Increase Flow

By |2022-01-31T13:45:20-05:00January 31st, 2022|Categories: Blog, Eliminating Waste, Lean Thinking|Tags: , , |

What is the Theory of Constraints? Every organization faces bottlenecks, or constraints, in their daily operations. These constraints are often found in a manufacturing line when there is an issue with a process or procedure. However, constraints can occur across an organization, from personnel to issues with technology. The Theory of Constraints offers a methodology to help [...]

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 [...]

Building a Lean Culture: 5 Key Elements

By |2021-03-31T16:49:06-04:00March 31st, 2021|Categories: Culture, Lean Thinking, Uncategorized|

Before we dive into the five key elements, it’s essential to understand that culture is a learned process. Good or bad, folks in any organization will notice the rules and standards that exist around them, and they will perform accordingly. Of course, changing a negative culture to one that is more positive is possible, but it’s [...]

Total Productive Maintenance

By |2020-02-25T11:52:21-05:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Lean Lingo, Lean Thinking, Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , |

Productive maintenance involves establishing a routine set of care activities with a focus on the following goals: Zero accidents Zero delays Zero deficits Zero failures This does not mean replacing a machine when it goes down, but coming up with effective strategies to keep the machine from breaking down in the first place. Just like you [...]

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 [...]

Quit Asking Leaders for Support; Drive Your Own Lean Transformation

By |2019-07-02T13:40:17-04:00July 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 |2019-05-21T14:33:54-04:00May 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 |2019-05-07T21:07:09-04:00May 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, [...]

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