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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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Team Involvement: Just Half of This Equation

The level of involvement in the change process for the operator on the floor has been an ongoing issue for years.  The operators are less likely to take ownership or even accept the new idea as a solution.  On the … Continue reading

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Taking Visual Management Another Step

Some of you remember this photo of that was posted on Lean Leadership some time ago (see here). It’s good for a laugh but it also illustrates visual management that is clear and concise.  Gerhared Kessler often leaves insightful comments and had … Continue reading

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Simply Classic 5-Why’s

It’s a cold and rainy night in late October. You hurry out to your car in an effort to keep dry and because you are running late. You are not too wet as you get in and put your key … Continue reading

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Classic Lean: The 5-Why Root Cause Analysis

The top 3 classic Lean Leadership posts of 2012 were all about 5-Why’s. I’ve decided to run these in the order in which they were originally posted rather than ranking these three. This post generated quite a few comments which … 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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Lean is Not a Program….

Lean is not a program, it is a total strategy. ~~Taiichi Ohno  

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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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Kanban at Home

As you may already know, Kanban cards are used to indicate the need to replenish inventory.  They are a good tool to help minimize batch sizes and inventory. Here is an example of using Kanban at home.  Hopefully most readers … Continue reading

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