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Assessing the Current State

In today's competitive market, organizations are increasingly turning to lean to lower costs and increase efficiency in their processes. While implementing lean is extremely effective it is not a simple panacea. Instead, the lean solutions should be tailored to fit the specific challenges that the organization faces. Consequently, an assessment of the current state is [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Assessing the Current State

Lean in Manufacturing

In the 1950's, Toyota, developed the Toyota Production System, a novel manufacturing approach, that allowed them to rapidly produce high quality automobiles at a low cost to the customer (described here). Toyota focused on the flow of the product through the total process and elimination of any waste in the process. The term "lean manufacturing" [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|Comments Off on Lean in Manufacturing

Lean in Sales

In order to succeed in today’s increasingly competitive market, companies have had to become more lean. This is achieved by removing waste and focusing on continuous improvements of internal business processes to reduce costs, improve quality and increase customer satisfaction. In this article, we will discuss the application of lean in a sales process at [...]

By | February 20th, 2020|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|Comments Off on Lean in Sales

Lean in Online Digital Retailers

Electronic-commerce (E-commerce) is the electronic purchase or sale of products or services over the internet. This can include online retailing, electronic markets and online auctions. Typically online retailers will sell either physical or digital products. A burgeoning arm of the digital e-commerce industry, is the sale of "explainer videos". Explainer videos are a form of [...]

By | February 19th, 2020|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|Comments Off on Lean in Online Digital Retailers

Lean in Nonprofits

The goals of lean manufacturing are to increase efficiency and reduce costs in a process, this is achieved through the removal of wasteful practices and the flow of value through the value stream to the customer. Nowadays, the principles of lean manufacturing have been applied to almost every industry in the world with great success [...]

By | February 16th, 2020|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|Comments Off on Lean in Nonprofits

Lean in Laboratories

Toyota Motor Corporation, is a Japanese automotive manufacturer that has been in business for 82 years. It is the second largest automobile manufacturer in the world and was the world's first automobile manufacturer to produce more than 10 million vehicles per year. Toyota's success is no accident and is attributed to the development of a [...]

By | February 3rd, 2020|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|Comments Off on Lean in Laboratories

Lean Icebreaker Exercise – “The Standard Fish Game”

Icebreaker exercises are commonly used at the beginning of workshops to "warm up" the the group and are a great way to help members of a group form into a team or get to know each other. An icebreaker ideally should be fun and related to the theme of the workshop that you are facilitating. [...]

By | January 31st, 2020|Quickstart Guide|Comments Off on Lean Icebreaker Exercise – “The Standard Fish Game”

A Brief History of Lean

Lean principles have been applied since the 19th Century. In 1880, Eli Whitney, the inventor of the Cotton Gin, a machine to remove the seeds from cotton, popularized the use of interchangeable parts. This was important as identical parts could be produced and inserted into an assembly without custom fitting or relying on craft manufacturing processes. Then [...]

By | November 20th, 2019|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|Comments Off on A Brief History of Lean

How to run a Process Mapping workshop

What is Process Mapping? Process mapping is a tool that visually describes the flow of work from an input to an output in an organization. In essence making the invisible visible. The activities in the process are documented in a sequential order making it easy to see where value is being added and reveal where a [...]

By | November 14th, 2019|Quickstart Guide|Comments Off on How to run a Process Mapping workshop

What is Six Sigma (6σ)?

What is Six Sigma? Simply put, Six Sigma is a rigorous data-driven methodology that aims to improve processes. It does this through the reduction in waste, errors, defects and variability in a process. This results in an overall improvement in the quality of the output of a process, the products or services. Thus, adopting Six [...]

By | November 14th, 2019|Lean/Six Sigma Basics|0 Comments