Tag Archives: Continuous Improvement Process

5S and the Food Manufacturing Industry

5S is more than a simple housekeeping initiative.  5S is a five-step process that transforms a traditional work site into a visual factory and lays the foundation for a Lean Enterprise Transformation.  It can benefit any organization and brings unique … Continue reading


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#4 – 2 Reasons to Do a Cause & Effect Diagram

The #4 Classic Lean Leadership post is a tool commonly used in Lean Six Sigma problem solving. That tool is the Cause & Effect (aka Fishbone) Diagram. You’ll notice that the illustration is a hand drawn C&E on a white … Continue reading

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Classic #5 – Change & the Pareto Principle

The Lean Leadership Classic #5 is Change Management and the Pareto Principle: This blog has been looking at change implementation which is a skill you need to be a successful leader in nearly any arena. We have already explored the 8 … Continue reading

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Classic Lean Leadership

We finished reviewing the top Lean Leadership posts of 2012 last week and as promised it’s time to look at some classic Lean Leadership.  These are the Lean topics posted prior to 2012 but still had a lot of traffic … Continue reading

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#2 – Deming & Your Kaizens

The #2 post on Lean Leadership gives a nod to Dr. Deming titled Deming and Your Kaizen Success Have you created training for one of your teams before?  I am in the process of developing training material for a Kaizen … Continue reading

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Many Good American Companies…

Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS {Toyota Production System} tools.  But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system.  It must be practiced every day in a … Continue reading

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Defining a Lean Culture is a Matter of Character (Part 2)

Yesterday, we took a stab at defining a Lean enterprise as a company that spreads Lean thinking across its entire organization. Those who find success embody a set of distinct characteristics that can help us understand what it means to … Continue reading

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Defining a Lean Organization is a Matter of Character

Lean is all about respecting people while eliminating Muri (overburdening), Mura (unevenness), and Muda (non value added activity) in all business processes. It is a philosophy which embodies a manufacturing culture of continuous improvement based on setting standards aimed at … Continue reading

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Management Improvement Carnival

I am pleased and excited that John Hunter asked me to host this edition of the Management Improvement Blog Carnival.  Carnivals are blog posts that serve to provide links to posts on a number of blogs on a related topic. John’s … Continue reading

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#7 – 5 Reasons for 5S

John, a young production manager, makes his way onto the production floor to see how an important changeover is progressing.  He wanted to make sure everything is moving along as planned because orders are heavy this week and his team … Continue reading

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