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1. Applying Lean to MRO
MRO (maintenance, repair and operations) purchasing is one area of procurement that consistently flies under the radar. Might it be a good target for process improvement and cost reduction?Kevin Tacek ...
Created on 02 August 2016
2. The Importance of Future State in VSM
Value stream mapping is a critical tool for process improvement. However, many leave out an important component: future state.On the Supply Chain Digest site, Drew Locher explains why this gap is crucial. ...
Created on 11 April 2016
3. What's Better for Performance: Lean or Tech?
What's the better approach to improving supply chain performance: process improvements via Lean, or technology implementations? It's an interesting question whose answer might depend on which part of the ...
Created on 29 June 2015
4. The Lean 3PL
It's obvious that if you're evaluating 3PLs to support a portion of your supply chain, you want to ensure you identify one with a 'quality' culture. But saying it's so doesn't mean it is.According to Steve ...
Created on 05 January 2015
5. Supplier Collaboration is Crucial
The value of supplier collaboration is undeniable. If that's the case, then why is it so hard to implement?In a great article on the LeanCor site by John Szoke, an example based on a lean continuous improvement ...
Created on 05 March 2014
6. The Success Trap
Success is obviously a worthwhile goal, but it sometimes becomes a hazard to companies that aren't continuously improving. The great Peter Drucker examined this phenomena decades ago and his lessons are ...
Created on 05 March 2014
7. Kaizen Training
Employee development is one of the best investments a business can make. Using a continuous improvement approach can make it very effective.Eric Bigelow, in a Reliable Plant blog, tells us how to build ...
Created on 05 October 2013
8. Keeping Ahead of Your Customers
In an article on the Huffington Post site, Dorie Clark discusses strategies for staying a step ahead of your customers.Although it doesn't advocate traditional Continuous Improvement methodologies, the ...
Created on 30 September 2013
9. Lean Essentials
There's a lot involved in Lean, so much that it's sometimes necessary to review what the essential concepts and tools are that are critical to the approach.In a Process Excellence Network article, Patange ...
Created on 08 August 2013
10. Take the Time to Improve
Time is a commodity that none of us has enough of, but you need it to improve. An 'improvement time' policy is a necessity!Tim McMahon, in his A Lean Journey blog, tells us why making time is so important. ...
Created on 11 July 2013
11. Job Satisfaction and Lean
Recent research seems to indicate that a significant percentage of American workers just plain don't like their jobs. Help can be found in some unexpected places.Mark Graban on his Lean Blog explains the ...
Created on 07 July 2013
12. Lean in Action
We always like to see real-world examples of the topics we see often in this column. The continuous improvement principles of Lean are a good example.How they are used at a Toyota plant (no surprise there) ...
Created on 01 July 2013
13. Here's a Suggestion
Al Norval on the Lean Pathways blog tells us how to make a quick and easy change to your ideas for improvement process. The old suggestion box just doesn't work too well in most cases.That's what we like ...
Created on 30 April 2013
14. The Value of Small Changes
Tim McMahon's "A Lean Journey" blog has become a favorite based on its content vs. brevity calculation. Tim's latest about the value of small changes is right up my alley.Check it out HERE.
Created on 05 March 2013
15. Lean Learnings at the Waffle House
If you're not familiar with Lean and other continuous improvement methodologies, the process and jargon can seem pretty impenetrable. In a guest post on the Gemba Tales site, John Domagala describes ...
Created on 10 June 2012
16. Lean Healthcare
Continuous Improvement methodologies continue to make inroads in our healthcare system. In Healthcare Technology On-Line, Ken Congdon talks about what's been done and where opportunities still exist. ...
Created on 14 May 2012
17. Another Lean Example
Quality is important in every facet of our industry. Lean is one of the best approaches around to improve it. I discovered a great example of a minor change that resulted in big savings at Boeing. Mark ...
Created on 26 March 2012
18. Using Pilots
What's the best approach to use when implementing a change to fix a problem? Mark Graban has a good idea. In his Lean Blog, he uses an example from a recent trip to make his point. Read it here.
Created on 24 March 2012
19. Can You Improve? Continuously?
... n born and raised in manufacturing, but it’s most definitely applicable to processes across the business. The tools you’ll often hear about are approaches like 6 Sigma, Lean, and Kaizen. You can find a pletho ...
Created on 31 December 2010