Month: November 2011

Total 11 Posts

Live Built in Quality Seminar in Denton, TX

Peterbilt Motors, Gemba Academy and Kaizen Institute are pleased to present a half-day live workshop on Monday December 5th 2011 on the subject of “Built-in Quality”, one of the two pillars of the Toyota Production System house. What is Built in Quality? Sometimes called jidoka or autonomation, the lean approach

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Batch Answers to Reader Questions

I haven’t kept up so well with reader questions over the past few months so here is a batch of answers. Better late than never, hopefully. A question posted to Quick changeover and SMED for the office: in point “1. Separate internal and external time” A knowledge work example of

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Management Improvement Carnival #149

I’m honored once again to contribute to the Management Improvement Carnival series which John Hunter at the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog has kept going now to its 149th round. As I looked back over some of the blog posts and articles that caught my attention recently, a surprising theme

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Kitchen Jidoka: Low Cost Automation Example

There are not two but three definitions of the Japanese word jidoka, which students of kaizen and the Toyota Production System are likely to encounter. In fact there are two different jidokas. Coined by Taiichi Ohno as a play on words to turn the Japanese word for “automation” or “self-moving”

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Gemba Glossary: Value Stream

Here is the next video in our Gemba Glossary video series. This one focuses on the Value Stream. If you missed any of our earlier Gemba Glossary videos please follow the links below. Gemba Glossary: 5S Gemba Glossary: The 7 Wastes Gemba Glossary: Kaizen Gemba Glossary: Gemba Gemba Glossary: 5

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Visual Management and Glass Walls

Transparency is a key word these days, especially when it comes to the mishandling of vast sums of other people’s money by smart people who already have lots of it and should know better. Governments, institutional investors, corporate boards, I’m looking at you. Perhaps someday we will think back on

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iSixSigma is Back!

Just got this message via email.  This is GREAT news for the continuous improvement world.  iSixSigma Founder Promises Rebirth of Lean Six Sigma Website Readers will again have access to the best Six Sigma, Lean and operational excellence resources as well as more ways to share, learn and discover BAINBRIDGE

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