Month: June 2006

Total 23 Posts

Kaizen Song: I Stop the Line

It’s a very busy week, no time to blog today. So I’ll post another one of the kaizen songs I wrote back in the days when I had a lot more time on my hands. Please enjoy this musical interlude. I Stop the Line (To Johnny Cash’s “I Walk the

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Credit Suisse Does Gemba Research

An article in this month’s Fast Company magazine asks Talk to Our Customers? Are You Crazy? The approach Credit Suisse is taking to understand the problems with their products and processes is basically research by going to the gemba. This genchi gembutsu approach at Credit Suisse is challenging the assumption

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Doing More with Less in the Lean Office

“An increasing number of local companies are shrinking their employees’ work spaces” begins an article in the Puget Sound Business Journal titled Offices Getting Smaller. Well known firms in our neighborhood including Boeing and Washington Mutual are moving into smaller work cubicles and more conference spaces. Scott Harrison, President and

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Do Heijunka with Your Kaizen Efforts

Last week we performed an assessment at a tier one automobile manufacturer. This company has done some Lean manufacturing activities. Due to a large number of new product launches at the moment, kaizen activity appeared to us to be at a complete stop. They were not unaware of this, but

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