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Check For Understanding

One of the teams I am working with is in the middle of an Autonomous Maintenance (TPM) launch.  The team has been doing a good job of identifying defects on their equipment and correcting these defects seems to be helping. … Continue reading

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Can You Sustain?

John is excited about launching TPM (Total Productive Maintenance) and is seeing the benefits already.  Autonomous Maintenance (AM) is a critical TPM pillar.  John is leading two pilot AM teams and both are doing better than anyone expected.  Line efficiencies … Continue reading

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Standard Work on Your Packaging Line

Beyond Lean has a series of blogs on the subject of Standard Work that ran last week.  Matt Wrye was kind enough to ask me to guest blog.  This post originally ran there: Our new team is coming together for their … Continue reading

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Standard Work Week at Beyond Lean

Our new team is coming together for their 7 a.m. work session.  This team is working through the steps of Autonomous Maintenance and is working through their agenda when the area supervisor approaches the team.  His support is a welcome … Continue reading

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The Pareto Principle is Dangerous?

There are many benefits to the Pareto Principle (aka the 80-20 Rule) for those who want to get the most bang for the buck.  I am a big fan of this philosophy since we are all working with limited time … Continue reading

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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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….a clear and obvious solution.

The following post was originally prepared for A Lean Journey –  The Quest for True North: [tweetmeme]Determination of root causes should provide a clear and obvious understanding of the necessary solutions. ~~Jeffrey Liker and David Meier, The Toyota Way Field Book … Continue reading

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Half of Your Team is About to Quit….12 things to do about it

[tweetmeme] A recent survey of over 30,000 employees including 2400 US-based employees had some grim results.  One-third of US employees are considering leaving their current company – it’s even worse with younger employees.  There are also those who are so … Continue reading

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One More Reason to Use the Deming Cycle

[tweetmeme]Regular readers of this blog and Lean practitioners are aware of Plan – Do- Study – Act (PDCA) which is also known as the Deming Cycle.  There are several reasons to follow the PDCA formula.  Previous posts have stressed the … Continue reading

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Complex 5-Why’s – the #3 Post of 2010

We continue to look at the top posts on the Lean Leadership blog from 2010. Complex 5-Why’s originally ran in November of last year and came in at #3. *************************** [tweetmeme]Our Production Manager, John, is heading out to the production … Continue reading

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