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How Lean Strategies Can Affect Your Profitability

In the dynamic landscape of business, profitability is a top priority. Lean strategies have emerged as a powerful approach to achieving sustained financial success. In this insightful article, we delve into the direct and indirect ways in which lean strategies can significantly impact your organization’s profitability. By understanding these effects, you can harness the potential

Lean vs. Traditional: Which Approach Yields Better Results?

In the ever-evolving landscape of business practices, the choice between adopting a lean approach or sticking with traditional methods can significantly impact an organization’s success. In this insightful article, we delve into the comparative advantages and disadvantages of lean and traditional approaches, helping you make an informed decision about which strategy aligns best with your

Are Your Operations Truly Lean? Key Indicators to Assess Efficiency

The pursuit of operational efficiency is at the core of lean principles. However, gauging whether your operations are genuinely lean requires more than just surface-level observation. In this comprehensive article, we delve into key indicators that can help you assess the true lean efficiency of your processes. By understanding these indicators and their implications, you

Kaizen: Continuous Improvement for Lean Manufacturing Success

Kaizen, a Japanese philosophy of continuous improvement, has become a cornerstone of lean manufacturing practices. By embracing the principles of Kaizen, organizations can unlock significant improvements in their processes, productivity, and overall success. In this article, we will delve into the concept of Kaizen, its principles, implementation strategies, and its transformative impact on lean manufacturing

Overcoming the Challenges Associated With Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is a powerful methodology that helps businesses to improve their efficiency, reducing waste and identifying issues in their processes and systems. As a business owner, it is important to question whether you Challenge Your Lean Thinking, utilizing the resources available as well as some lean supplies to create vast organizational improvements. When getting

Going to the Gemba vs MBWA

Companies are always looking for ways to improve their productivity, safety, and of course, profit margins. While there are many different strategies that have been shown to be effective in various ways. For example, companies that put more effort into visual communication can help to improve the safety of the facility quite significantly. While this

Using Kaizen with Kanban

Using Kaizen with Kanban

Kanban, translated to mean visual card or sign, is an extremely helpful too for manufacturing facilities that use pull systems or the Just-In-Time system. A kanban system utilizes visual communication and works to avoid overproduction and excess inventory, but it is a concept that can be a little tricky to dive into. In order to

“Morale” of the Story

workers waiting for respect

Often times in continuous manufacturing improvement activities, only the machines and processes get the focus and the people are slapped back on the production line with little more than new instructions or even added responsibilities. When people are continuously dealing with alterations in what they are told to do and how to do it, it can become demeaning; you are changing the way they do their job that they have done everyday for possibly years. All of their skills and learned tricks for their job may have just been thrown out the door or replaced. An employee can feel replaceable or mistreated in this case, which lowers morale. It isn’t hard to believe that low morale leads to low productivity, lapses in concentration, and increased unplanned absences. All of these factors hurt your capacity, decrease safety, dampen improvement initiatives, and cause a void between management and labor. Therefore, high morale is important in any company for continued success and improvement.

Transparency and incorporation in the improvement process is key for maintaining higher morale. With transparency, at the very least, the employee gains exposure to the reasons why their responsibilities are changing. Accommodating the workers in this way can give them a sense of importance and

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Moneyball? How About Moneydesk?

Moneyball

The movie, Moneyball, is one of my favorites. I haven’t gotten around to reading the book, yet. I have watched this movie multiple times and each time it invigorates my love for baseball statistics and makes me want to come up with my own player analyses. Some analyses have made such splashing success. The Oakland Athletics are continuously competitive each year for a fraction of the price that the richer teams are paying. In a way, “moneyball” methods are analogous to lean methods; in this case, getting more production out of the same amount of payroll. But that isn’t where I wanted to go with this post. I wanted to focus on the statistical aspects and their affect on free agency and relate them to the common workplace.

Yes, we do have methods to seek out the best prospects; its called screening and interviewing. But we ultimately base our decisions on self-representation. We base the screening process on a resume; a self-made advertisement that outlines only positives and probably embellishes on successes and responsibilities. Then in the interviewing process, we base that off how well the person comes across and presents themselves and decisions are based on potentially practiced answers that may or may not be true. When you look at the hiring process, it will probably screen out the incompetent, but it still is basically arbitrary and may not always lead the best candidate being hired. Something should be done to improve this process.

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Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed

Inventory Auditor

I recently discovered an article by Beau Groover that outlines his less-than-ideal experience in a government office process. He notes that at one point he was “almost three hours into this process and had accomplished absolutely nothing.” While Groover is clearly experienced in process improvement and has a trained eye for seeing that his experience wasn’t favorable, the general populous would also find this experience distasteful. It doesn’t take an expert to know that you are unhappily accomplishing nothing and wasting time. At the end of the article, he correctly concludes that the customer should be kept in mind when process development and improvement. It’s true, the customer is the most important part of business. The customer is the driving force behind why your business exists and the goal of your business should be to please the customer and improve ways of doing so.

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