Month: April 2010

Total 20 Posts

An Infinite Number of Solutions…

…may seem like a good thing. After all, the more solutions we have to any particular problem, the more likely we are to solve it right? In actual practice when we are properly constrained we are more likely to spend our time and resources more effectively in solving problems. An

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Lean Nation Radio Show Features Ron Pereira

Ron Pereira from the Lean Six Sigma Academy blog will be on the Lean Nation radio show tomorrow, Friday, April 23 at 4:00 PM EST (GMT -5) on 790 AM Talk and Business. Hosted by Karl Wadensten (pictured above) this will be the first ever radio appearance by Ron. While

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On Lean Nation Radio Show

I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be on the Lean Nation radio show tomorrow, Friday, April 23 at 4:00 PM EST (3:00 PM CST) on 790 AM Talk and Business, hosted by Karl Wadensten. We’re going to discuss many things… including lean, this blog, and Gemba Academy. Anyhow, I

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The Necessity of Redundancy

After every major natural disaster that disrupts global supply chains there are voices that cry out “A-ha! I told you just in time doesn’t work!” So with the Icelandic volcano turning European skies airoplane-free for a few days. News programs report shortages of critical raw materials, such as bananas in

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A Tracking Method for 5S Programs

David asked: I’m having a difficult time coming up with a tracking method for our 5S program. We are running a program with a scoring value but no real tracking method. Any suggestions? We have to pause every time we hear the word “program” attached to 5S or any improvement

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Ten Tips for Better Facilitation

Facilitation is the art of guiding but not leading, bringing learning but not lecturing, engaging but not directing. Coming from the Latin facilitar meaning “to make easy” the role of the facilitator is not to do for others but to bring out the ability of a group to accomplish a

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How to Calculate Process Cycle Efficiency

We’ve received several questions related to how to calculate Process Cycle Efficiency (PCE) over on our most popular blog article of all time: How to Create a Current State Value Stream Map. And while I have written on this PCE topic before… I decided to make a quick tutorial on

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What do you think of this picture?

My family and I recently took a road trip.  During a stop at a restaurant I came across this sign in the restroom (click picture to enlarge it). I’m curious to hear your thoughts on whether you think this is a weak or strong control. What do you think?