Lean Sigma Supply Chain is a blog full of thoughtful, pithy posts as well as the occasional deep dive into lean logistics or lean distribution know-how. Today’s post about 50 things to do to free up warehouse space is a grab bag of useful ideas. Some of these things address
Month: August 2007
I grew up watching Ohio State play football. I suppose I was watching them play as a young boy in Greenville, Ohio before I even knew what football was. My mom once told me, “You can take the boy out of Ohio (I live in Texas now), but you cannot
Here is a highly subjective list of the top 10 books on Lean thinking. Toyota Talent: Developing Your People the Toyota Way by Jeffrey Liker and David Meier This book has the benefit of being new, and providing very practical and relevant means to addressing challenges faced both by Gemba
Last night we began our discussion on confidence intervals. Specifically, we talked about the difference between population and sample parameters and how they play a major role in understanding what a confidence interval is. Tonight I am going to demonstrate how you can calculate a confidence interval of the mean.
Pete Abilla from the Shmula blog said in a comment posted to our blog recently: During my short time at Toyota, I learned this lesson well: we were always encouraged to “try and see” — which meant that we should try new ways of doing things to see if they
If I said the words “confidence intervals” would you know what I meant? What if I also asked if you could calculate them? If you answered no to either one of these questions I assure you will be able to answer yes by end of this two part series. Oh,
Let’s suppose you are a parent and decide to ask your kids to help you make an important family decision. After careful consideration your kids share their thoughts with you only to learn the decision had already been made and the fact you asked them for their thoughts was really
When people say to me “We don’t need no more stinkin’ Japanese words in our Lean vocabulary,” I don’t argue. Most of us aren’t using all of the ones we’ve got anyway. Why acquire knowledge you don’t intend to use for good? But I will humbly submit that there is
The business metric RONA (Return on Net Assets) is used by many companies in order to gauge how well they turn their assets into income. I am no accountant but do know there are a few ways to calculate RONA. For the sake of this article let us work with
Kaizen and respect for people. These are the words under which Toyota presents itself as a company that builds cars by building people. Yet this is the ideal, and we know that there is always a gap between reality and the ideal. What is the reality of Toyota’s labor policies?