Month: October 2008

Total 25 Posts

Act Small, Think Big

Act small, think big: this is a borrowed phrase from a recent post on Seth Godin’s blog article titled Too Small to Fail. In this article he shares a profound common sense insight on the effect of size of thoughts and actions on the success of businesses and organizations. This

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Millions of Dollars Saved in 60 Minutes

Last night I told you the story of a measurement system analysis gone bad. Tonight, as promised, I’ll explain exactly what the issue was and how we solved it in around 60 minutes. The Part in Question The plastic component in question measured approximately 4” by 2”. I’ve made a

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Tour Japan with Kevin

My friend Kevin Meyer is on the Gemba Research Japanese Kaikaku Experience this week.  He just posted his first article that summarizes his thoughts about one of Toyota’s top plants – the Kyushu operation. I also had the good fortune of making this trip with Gemba Research last year.  Here

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A Variation Story

If you test or inspect (visual or automatic) a product of any kind I’m very confident I can show you how to save your company thousands, if not millions, of dollars (or Euros, Pounds, etc.). How you ask? Three words. Measurement Systems Analysis, or MSA for short. But first a

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Office 5S Video: Too Much or Too Little?

Cheers jeersfrom across the internets as the Wall Street Journal gives prime time coverage to our beloved lean management principles sort, straighten, sweep, standardize and sustain, otherwise known as 5S. Kyocera’s North American headquarters is going for “perfect 5S” according to the Wall Street Journal article Neatness Counts in the

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System Toyota Of Production: TPS or STOP?

Another way to think about lean manufacturing is that it is a system of stopping: no more waste, variation or overburden, just the value the customer wants at the right speed, quality and cost. The classic TPS house comprised of the pillars of JIT and jidoka (built in quality +

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Value Stream Mapping Q&A

Sunil, a reader of LSS Academy, recently asked me several value stream mapping questions via email. I have been to your site and was quite impressed by your e-book on Lean Manufacturing. I need your guidance related to VSM as per below. I will be grateful for your help. Q1:

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Is Mean Lean Better than No Lean?

Often lean implementations are begun not after great thought and deliberation but because of a conviction that waste is evil and there is no time like the present. Is mean lean better than no lean? I thought this was a rhetorical question, but two cases in recent memory (which we

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