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Lean for 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 for 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

Applying Lean, outside of Manufacturing

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 Applying Lean, outside of Manufacturing

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”

5 Simple Steps in Team Management

Team management is the ability of an organization to coordinate a group of individuals to complete tasks. There are four main types of teams: 1) Formal teams with a rigid structure, defined leadership, strict hierarchy and well-defined roles. 2) Informal teams with flexible leadership and fluid hierarchy. 3) Cross-functional teams composed of team members trained [...]

By | December 2nd, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on 5 Simple Steps in Team Management

Performance Management

"If it can't be measured it can't be managed". The goal of performance management is to make sure that the organization's current activities are geared towards fulfilling its visions and objectives. Measures include quality, no. of defects, employee performance, financial measures. In terms of customers, this would include quality, safety, cost, satisfaction and the process. [...]

By | November 27th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Performance Management

The A3 Problem Solving Process

Background The A3 process is a Lean thinking tool that was first developed by Toyota. It is a structured collaborative template that is used for in-depth process problem solving and project reporting. Used in the improve phase of DMAIC. As the name suggests the template fits on one page and helps teams in an organization [...]

By | November 21st, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The A3 Problem Solving Process

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 Hoshin Planning?

In order for an organizations to succeed they must have a clear overall vision and long-term strategy. And an organizations goals must be consistent with this vision. Hoshin planning is a strategic planning method used to help bring organizations together and guides them towards reaching their vision and key strategic initiatives. These are projects that promote [...]

By | November 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments