Month: June 2009

Total 20 Posts

Is Economic Lot Size Dead?

On page 19 of Shigeo Shingo’s masterpiece A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System he writes an extremely strong statement: “In fact, there is an important blind spot in the concept of economic lot size: the assumption that drastic reductions in setup time are impossible.  The economic lot size lost

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Free Gemba Academy Video: The 7 Deadly Wastes

It has now been three months since we launched Gemba Academy – the online learning center for continuous improvement. Each month we add new videos, quizzes, self-study materials and forum discussions. The School of Lean is currently available with 33 videos, or more than 7 hours of viewing plus many

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How to Engage People in Kaizen

As always, thank you for your questions, comments and improvement suggestions. Today one of our readers shared via email a challenge with getting people engaged in kaizen. Whether it is an improvement suggestion system, a software system to track customer inquiries or a new forum for peer-to-peer communication, the success

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How Do You Make Decisions?

One of things I’ve come to realize about myself is I can make decisions quickly. I don’t need to think about things for days on end… and when in a crisis mode, or a situation that requires an immediate action, I have no problem stepping forward. This quick decision making,

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Dealing with the 7 Deadly Wastes

Just a quick announcement… we’ve recently released a new course over at Gemba Academy called “Dealing with the 7 Deadly Wastes.” During this 10 module course we go inside Ram Technologies, a custom foam fabricator located in Mukilteo, Washington in order to see, first hand, what each of the 7

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