Month: May 2010

Total 13 Posts

The Original Kamishibai

By pure chance I came across a book on display at the local public library titled Manga Kamishibai: The Art of the Japanese Paper Theater by Eric P Nash. It is a history of the paper theater art form from the 1930s to modern times. The visual management system for

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Review of Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream

Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream: Rethinking Your Supply Chain and Logistics to Create Maximum Value at Minimum Cost by Robert Martichenko and Kevin von Grabe is the latest publication from the Lean Enterprise Institute. The book guides readers through the application of lean principles in a fulfillment stream. The Fulfillment

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Toyota Partnering with Tesla

There’s new hope in Fremont, California with news of the likely resurrection of NUMMI, the recently closed GM-Toyota joint venture automobile factory: Tesla’s announcement Thursday that it was teaming up with Toyota to start making its $50,000 electric Model S at NUMMI, hiring 1,000 workers and possibly creating 10 times

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How to Set Span of Control for Leaders

Earlier in the week Jamie Flinchbaugh started a great conversatoin when he asked “what is the right span of control for a manager?” Jamie defined span as: “…how broad an individual managers responsibility is defined, be it defined by subordinate ratios, geographic expanse, or process breadth. Layers is is how

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The Most Important Aspect of Kaizen

I recently facilitated a SMED kaizen event. Over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to facilitate events all over the world. But this event was different. Very different. You see this kaizen event was in France and short of two team members, no one spoke English! And to complicate matters

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The Most Important Muda Walk

We lean advocates often talk about going to gemba, or the place the work is done, in order to see what is actually happening. We also refer to the process of walking in order to seek out waste as going on a muda walk. Muda, for those that don’t know,

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Where Old Dogmas Go to Die

The death of dogma is the birth of morality. That’s a bit of winning 18th century philosophy from Immanuel “Never Say” Kant. Morality is the knowing of right from wrong at the level of truth. Dogma is personal opinion or belief, often considered unquestionable. Dogmas thrive in dark, sealed and

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