Category: Lean

The Lean Trilogy

Introduction I have seen hundreds of companies attempt to transform their business through the application of Lean philosophies and methodologies. Most of these businesses had initial success but eventually “flatlined” in their operating and financial metrics. The reasons for this

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Strategy Deployment vs Policy Deployment

Strategy Deployment vs. Policy Deployment Knowing the Difference and Why it Matters Introduction Mention the phrase “Strategy Deployment” or “Policy Deployment” and a number of thoughts, concepts, and disciplines come to mind. In general, industry has confused the two, which

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Doing Lean vs Being Lean

Introduction It seems as if every organization today is doing some form of Continuous Improvement.  I have visited hundreds of companies who claim they are transforming their business with Lean methodologies.  On the surface, these companies have put in place

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Measuring Lean Results

Your Lean journey milestones can be measured. Lean outcomes must be measured. Lean leadership should expect significant, enterprise-wide improvements. A well-conceived, well-executed Lean transformation will result in the following: Quality: External quality as seen by the customer; internal quality such

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Dee Words And Ree Words Are Waste Words

There are countless English words that start with the letters de and re and with the sounds dee and ree. Words such as derision and revision abound. Good words. Helpful words. No issues. But in the Lean world, de and

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The Journey From Waste To Wealth

The Lean journey is the endless pursuit to identify and remove waste from every process in the organization. On the Lean journey your organization’s culture changes from waste acceptance to relentless waste eradication. Those on the Lean journey know that

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In a Lean Turnaround, Companies Change From Problem Hiding to Problem Solving

Problems are money-making opportunities. Problems lock out profits and cash. Lean is the key to unlocking the wealth. Problems solved by Lean result in improved economics. Lean is based on discovering and fixing problems. Discovering and uncovering problems is not

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LEAN Does Not Mean Less Employees Are Needed

LEAN Is Not A Four Letter Word Because organizations have misused Lean, using the tools solely to reduce headcount, it is not surprising that various employee groups believe Lean is a four-letter word, an acronym for  “Less Employees Are Needed.”

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