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Here are 3 words you probably haven’t heard, but are critical to your Lean journey. YOKOTEN HANSEI HEIJUNKA Like many lean terms we commonly use, they originate in Japan, and we continue to use the Japanese term here. To be honest, I’m not 100% sure why, but it does make it a little more interesting […]

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3 Principles of Lean learning

I personally have what feels like hundreds of favourite quotes. It seems for every situation or scenario I can pull out an appropriate quote from Henry Ford, Taichi Ohno Shigeo Shingo or Dale Carnegie and many of my favourite quotes come from our lean community. Well, this week, I heard another one that stopped me […]

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There are 2 sides to every improvement

Whether you are in full swing and have your whole factory making improvements on a daily basis, or you’re just getting started. Here are some considerations with respect to having your people making improvements. Let’s kick this off by defining what “improvement” means. There is what you may find in a dictionary and I will […]

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Are you solving problems?

Lean at its core could be summed up as continuous improvement through the elimination of waste. So we wage war against waste trying to identify it and eliminate it. Some of it’s easy to see and get rid of or at least reduce, and typically team members can be doing that on the shop floor […]

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The secrets of a shop that just does it, right!

Recently, Lynn and I had the pleasure of going back to work with a long time customer for another week. The success of this company is absolutely nothing short of staggering. The company I’m talking about is Hunter trim and cabinet Co. of Fort Worth Texas and the man in charge is Dustin Hunter. From […]

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3 Ways to Fail

There are volumes written on what we need to do to succeed, So I’m going to take a slightly different approach and outline the 3 keys to ensuring you fail. Perhaps this perspective will resonate differently and help get you going on the track you need to be on. Step 1: Stay in your comfort […]

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There are more than just the 8 wastes!

If you’re practising lean in your organization, it is almost a certainty that you have heard of the eight deadly wastes. And in all likelihood, you even have them memorized. If you really got it together you talk about them every day with your team and how to reduce or eliminate them. We hear those […]

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Do you have a control point?

Would you say your factory is completely under control? You know exactly what’s going on at each station, your people know where they should be, and when, everyone knows whether they’re having a good day or a bad day in a glance and you know exactly what data to base every decision in the entire […]

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We’re going lean how do I tell my people?

It’s pretty unlikely you just woke up in the morning and decided hey I’m gonna take my company on this lean adventure, I should tell everyone today. Probably you read a bunch of books, mentioned it to your leadership team and spoke to a few key employees. Then undoubtedly that disseminates through the ranks and […]

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Process V.S. People

We got this question last week, that sparked some wonderful debate in the Quantum lean community. “What percentage of time should I spend on the process V.S. the people”. All too often people are looking for a black and white formula to apply to a problem, and it’s seldom the case, particularly when it comes […]

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