Category: Lean Fav

Total 34 Posts

Constraints Are Opportunities

I started my lean journey many years ago while working in the motorcycle industry.  I was a parts and accessories manager for a BMW Motorcycles dealership in the Monterey Bay area of California.  This dealership had been in business for many years and had recently moved into a new, purpose

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You Want Me to Do What!?!

  I coach a variety of teams in diverse industries in the area of continuous improvement. A common struggle is overcoming an obstacle that is often perceived as resistance to change. Improvement is Inherent Change for the better seems to be a natural aspect of the human condition.  The advances

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Set Full Sail

  Getting started with lean in an existing organization challenging on many levels.  Often some of the most important steps in a lean journey are not recognized. A common place people think they start is with 5S.  It’s an excellent way to begin improvement practices and daily routines with quick

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Where Do I Start with Lean?

Where should I start with Lean? is a common question we receive at Gemba Academy.  Some say starting with 5S is a must.  Others favor eliminating the seven deadly wastes. Others still suggest value stream mapping.  A great question is “What problem are your trying to solve?” The need for

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Lean Outside of Manufacturing

By Steve Kane There are so many examples of lean in manufacturing that it can be easy to understand how well suited the methodology is for that industry.  Folks in other types of organizations and roles often comment that it is difficult to translate lean for non-manufacturing environments.  Here’s a

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Don’t Let Perfect Get In the Way of Progress

By Steve Kane You may have noticed that Ron, Kevin, Jon, and I contribute to the Gemba Academy blog on a rotating schedule.  My articles are posted the third Friday of each month.   For the next several months I’ll use this schedule to highlight best practices from the Gemba

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Safety In Numbers: What Message Are We Sending?

Jamie Parker practices Lean and is passionate about learning and sharing Lean leadership. She has 15 years’ experience in operations management / leadership across retail, service, and manufacturing environments. Jamie serves as an internal coach to her organization’s operations managers across the country while supervising P&L and operations management responsibilities

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