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    This page contains links to various discussion topics that relate to Lean Management, Lean Enterprise or Lean Manufacturing.  This page was last updated on 11th November 2019. Please click on the links below to see the definition, and best reply to the application question. 

    • Autonomation/ Jidoka  - Discussion -  Explain the term Jidoka in modern day context with examples that bring out the difference between automation and autonomation. 
    • CLOSED MITT - Discussion - The wastes that are categorised in seven categories in Toyota and remembered as WORMPIT or TIMWOOD widely, were categorised as ten types called CLOSED MITT at Boeing. Compare and contract CLOSED MITT with the classical seven wastes.
    • Drum Buffer Rope - Discussion -  Explain Drum, Buffer and Rope approach and describe how it relates to Kanban.
    • Gemba - Discussion -  Gemba Walk was developed at Toyota while Management By Walking Around (MBWA) traces its origin to HP. Two world class companies using two methodologies where managers walk the shopfloor. Is it just a case of having different names or are the two fundamentally different?
    • Hansei - Discussion -  Why is Hansei considered to be a “Central Idea” in Japanese Management? How does Hansei relate with Kaizen?  
    • Inventory - Discussion -  Explain the meaning of the word “inventory” as one of the “seven wastes’’ in Lean Philosophy for different industries. 
    • Lean Six Sigma - Discussion -   Lean and Six Sigma are two different approaches for process excellence, where Lean focuses on efficiency and Six Sigma focuses on effectiveness. In the more recent times, Lean and Six Sigma have been combined to form Lean Six Sigma. What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of combining the two approaches?
    • Waste elimination - Discussion - Please refer to https://www.benchmarksixsigma.com/forum/make-this-lean/ Once you have seen the eight checks in the post, visualize how and whether some of these checks can be reduced at the Airport? Without compromising on Safety and Accuracy, how can you make this process as Lean as it can be?
    • Little's Law- Discussion - Little’s law is one interesting concept which has multiple applications in the business world. Enumerate some of the powerful applications of Little’s Law highlighting how and why it is an unavoidable tool in certain specific situations.
    • Point of Use Inventory- Discussion - Explain the term Point of Use Inventory as used in Lean Management. How does POUS help reduce classic Lean waste/s.
    • Poka Yoke- Discussion - 
    • Productivity - Discussion - Do you think it is possible to manage “Creativity” in such a “Productivity-obsessed” corporate environment?
    • Pull System and Push System- Discussion - While Pull based flow is considered better than Push based flow in many ways in general, it is not always that a pull system can be implemented. Please mention in your own words how and why the pull system is not practically better than push system in certain situations. 
    • Push, Pull and Continuous Flow- Discussion - Compare Push vs Pull vs Continuous Flow Systems. When should we prefer one over the other?
    • Kanban Board - Discussion - Kanban Board was initiated as a Physical Board for teams who have a standing meeting every day to allocate tasks, report progress and take decisions. It has evolved in different ways in different domains. Provide examples for different kinds of Kanban Boards. 
    • Genchi Genbutsu - Discussion - While Genchi Gembutsu seems to make perfect sense in manufacturing, how do you infer its relevance in highly intangible services like trouble shooting in Software Development or issues found in e-commerce platforms? You may like to provide more examples of relevance from other service sector.
    • Kaikaku- Discussion - Explain the meaning of Kaizen, Kaikaku and Kakushin (The three approaches used in Lean Implementation). How are the three different from each other? How do they complement each other? What would a company lose if one of these as a concept was not utilised?
    • Kaizen- Discussion - The term “Kaizen” used for “continuous improvement,” originally translates from Japanese as “change for better.” Talking about the priority in such improvements, TPS expert Shigeo Shingo provided us with four targets in order of their priority: 1. Easier 2. Better 3. Faster 4. Cheaper. Do you agree with the priority of the targets? What do you think it should ideally be? 
    • Kakushin- Discussion - Explain the meaning of Kaizen, Kaikaku and Kakushin (The three approaches used in Lean Implementation). How are the three different from each other? How do they complement each other? What would a company lose if one of these as a concept was not utilised? 
    • Kanban- Discussion - While Pull based flow is considered better than Push based flow in many ways in general, it is not always that a pull system can be implemented. Please mention in your own words how and why the pull system is not practically better than push system in certain situations.
    • Kano Model 1- Discussion - Basic needs, performance needs, and excitement needs. Kano model provides the description and the method to identify the three needs. Once understood for a specific product or a service, what would be your approach for putting these needs to good use? 
    • Kano Model 2- Discussion - Kano Model helps identify the attributes in a product that a customers think of as "Threshold, Performance and Excitement". The attributes shift over a period of time i.e. what is Performance today may become a Threshold requirement and what is Excitement today may become Performance. How does Kano Model help an organization? What kind of decisions can one take based on Kano Analysis? 
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