Month: June 2009

Total 20 Posts

Saluting NUMMI

The New United Motor Manufacturing factory in Fremont, California was originally a General Motors plant opened in 1962. For the past 25 years it has been a successful joint venture between GM and Toyota. Bloomberg reports their uncertain faith now: Toyota Stuck With California Dilemma as GM Ditches Joint Plant.

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Your Valuable “Lean Feedback” Is Requested

I am helping some fellow lean thinkers out with a short lean related survey. This survey appeals to me for a few reasons.  First, it’s all about lean and second this survey is SHORT!  You’ll be done in a few minutes.  Thanks in advance for your participation. Take the Survey

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How clean is clean enough?

Here’s a question for you. When practicing the 3rd step of 5S – often referred to as shine or sweep – how clean is clean enough? Should the area you’re working in shine as bright as the Texas sun? Should the floor be clean enough to eat off of? Or

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The Funny Thing About Waste

The funny thing about waste is that it’s all relative to your sense of scarcity. At least that’s how a Wired magazine article by Chris Anderson titled Tech Is Too Cheap to Meter: It’s Time to Manage for Abundance, Not Scarcity starts out. As someone who spends the majority of

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Trying Out My Agile Kanban Board

One of the biggest challenges of doing kaizen in office work is to make the work itself visible so that waste can be clearly identified. Much of the time spent in office work is finding files or information, switching between tasks, finding one’s place after an interruption, or deciding what

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45 Inches and Sizers

I recently got an email from American Airlines titled, “Important Reminders About Carry-On Baggage.” Normally I delete these kinds of emails but for some reason I decided to give this one a quick read. Click the image thumbnail to the left to read larger version of the email. 45 Inches

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The Amazing Adventures of Kanban

Kanban was born nearly 60 years ago. It’s creator, Taiichi Ohno, intended kanban to combat the evil overlord Overproduction, Mother of All Wastes and her Minions of WIP. The battle is far from won. During those six decades kanban has been through some amazing adventures. Kanban Gains Superpowers Pokayoke has

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