Lean Project Management: How to Apply Lean Thinking in Your Next Project

Lean Management of projects are concerned with channelizing them in the most profitable direction. Waste elimination by thinking Lean, is a concept that is used to maximize the ROI and add value to the processes. It also helps in on-time delivery by using nominal budget and resources. There are certain catchphrases that the practitioners of […]

Is Lean a Waste Elimination Program or Striving for Excellence?

  Thinking around lean is going through a metamorphous that builds on that fundamental insight. As we know Toyota is the original model for lean and there have been many interpretations (and misinterpretations) of what Toyota does to be excellent. In Toyota Kata author Mike Rother has a different interpretation than many lean programs that […]

Tools Used In Lean

Even though Lean and Six Sigma are more than a set of tools. Here are some commonly used tools / methodologies in Lean: Waste Identification Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) Continuous Improvement (Kaizen) Value Stream Mapping (VSM) Metrics (Cycle Time, TAKT Time, Process Cycle Efficiency) Planning (A3, Hoshin-Kanri) Mistake Proofing (Poka-Yoke) See full story on benchmarksixsigma.com

A Plan for a Five-day Kaizen

The intent of any Kaizen is improvement, specifically process improvement, and more specifically in some combination of three primary metrics: throughput, inventory and product/process cost. The metrics are established to provide a guidepost for progress toward a goal – a gauge of success (or failure). Use of metrics is non-negotiable. This means that collecting data […]

HR should lead with Lean – part 1: value mapping

When it comes to the bottom line, too many top execs focus on offshore opportunities rather than going lean onshore. Instead of rushing to offshore in an attempt to achieve rapid cost reduction for production activities, companies should work with HR to develop and execute lean management processes. According to Jason Piatt, President of Praestar […]

What is lean management?

Lean management is an important part of lean thinking. As we implement lean in any organization the traditional way of managing does not guarantee right focus nor help sustaining lean initiatives. If no action is taken to change the way we manage process, people and products we are likely to see failure of lean implementations. […]