What is Lean Office? Lean Office is a bit like Leadership nowadays: A lot of literature everywhere for a lot of confusion too. Overall: 1) Lean Office is the application of Lean Management within an office environment 2) Lean Office is about focusing on identifying and performing the right administrative tasks with the right processes … Read more Implementing a Lean Office
Learning from John Shook I wanted to share this video. John Shook is a Senior Advisor with the Lean Enterprise Institute and he is the keynote speaker at the conference hosted by Industry Week at one of their Best Plants Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 28 2009. During this keynote, John Shook demonstrates how to spread … Read more Learning From John Shook
One of the hardest things when trying to improve anything is finding the courage to take the first step. Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors, Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia did more than take the first step, they decided to embark on a journey to implement lean manufacturing principles into their business processes. This short video is an account … Read more Window & Door Manufacturer Implements Lean Manufacturing
Does Lean Six Sigma Deliver Results? Many companies go to great lengths and spend large sums of money to implement quality and improvement programs such as Lean Six Sigma . The problem is that most of these programs do not meet their expectations. In fact, many of them do not see the same results that … Read more Does Lean Six Sigma Deliver Results?
Furniture Company Invests in Lean Principles How often do you see a news article with a title like this? I find it exciting to see a news report about a U.S. company investing in its future by upgrading their facility. This is incredibly bold of them, especially in a down economy, when all you usually read in the … Read more Furniture Company Invests in Lean Principles
There Europeans have created a new lean manufacturing award to recognize companies that are demonstrating their use of innovation to create growth and jobs. The first lean manufacturing innovation award winner is Brillopak, which is a packaging company in the UK. Yes, that’s right, a packaging company. Lean principles can and are being applied and … Read more Lean Manufacturing Innovation Award Winner
The purpose of this article is to get you to ask this question: “Is your business satisfying customer needs?” This seems like a pretty straightforward question. However, it is not always that easy to get a straight-forward answer. Most business owners will tell you that they are “definitely satisfying their customer needs.” How do they know … Read more Is Your Business Satisfying Customer Needs?
One of the questions that I receive in my email inbox more than any other is “What is a Lean Process?” You would think that everyone would know the answer to this question, especially when we are living in the 21st century. It makes you wonder where these people that ask me this question have … Read more What is a Lean Process?
Is Lean Certification Really Necessary? Dispelling 3 myths about Lean Certification! I received a call the other day from someone enquiring about Lean Certification. He told me that he wanted to sign up for my Lean Certification training course. I asked why he was doing this. What was his motivation for obtaining lean certification? He … Read more Lean Certification!
Does Lean Management increase profits? How Lean Management is using a new cost model to stay ahead of their competitors! In this article, I want to take a look at the advantages of lean management and its effect on any business. There is a direct correlation between the style of management and the success of … Read more Lean Management