Month: May 2007

Total 57 Posts

5 Steps to Data Collection

Collecting data is tricky.  Many people think they can simply run off and grab some data, whip it into a spreadsheet, press some buttons and subsequently cure cancer.  I wish it worked this way… but it doesn’t. Generally, in most training programs and text books out there you will hear

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Lean in Japan, Or Not

The YouTube video titled Lean in Japan is a bit bizarre. It’s probably strange enough to most people as a window into modern Japan, but overlaid with Lean lingo it’s just weird. It’s not clear if this video is tongue-in-cheek or serious but off the mark. The LEI version of

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Calling all Bloggers!

One of the ideas I have been tossing around is inviting others interested in Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and continuous improvement in general to “guest blog” here at LSS Academy.  So if you are a Blogger wanting to contribute or perhaps you have thought about sharing your thoughts with others but

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WordPress Rocks!

When I first transitioned this blog over to WordPress (WP) I wondered if I had made a terribe mistake.  Blogger was so easy to use and format.  You can drag and drop things to your hearts desire.  This was gone when I went to a self hosted WP site. But now

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5S Simulation

I received my prize for my hard fought victory in the recent GembaPantarei 5S competition.  The prize was a 5S simulation game.  My 4 year old daughter has been after me to let her have a shot at it.  Yesterday was her lucky day! I don’t want to give it all away and

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How to Get Your Time Back

They say time is the only resource you can’t get any more of. Wouldn’t it be great if you could get your time back? All of that time that was lost, wasted or simply misplaced – if we could only get it back, we would promise spend it more wisely

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Tsurube System

After reading some Lean text books and possibly attending a conference or two many “Lean Dreams” are crushed when the practitioner is told, “Friend, there ain’t no way we are converting that $4 million paint line into some fancy little cell.  You just go do some more 5S and leave

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Stop Moving and Start Working

In Taiichi Ohno’s Workplace Management we read about the difference between animal-like-motion and human work.  Simply put many people confuse moving around with working.  This is to say that we can work up a sweat and look as if we are really humping it when in fact little work is

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