Learning from John Shook I wanted to share this video. John Shook is a Senior Advisor with the Lean Enterprise Institute and he is the keynote speaker at the conference hosted by Industry Week at one of their Best Plants Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 28 2009. During this keynote, John Shook demonstrates how to spread … Read more Learning From John Shook
One of the hardest things when trying to improve anything is finding the courage to take the first step. Dynamic Architectural Windows & Doors, Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia did more than take the first step, they decided to embark on a journey to implement lean manufacturing principles into their business processes. This short video is an account … Read more Window & Door Manufacturer Implements Lean Manufacturing
The purpose of this article is to get you to ask this question: “Is your business satisfying customer needs?” This seems like a pretty straightforward question. However, it is not always that easy to get a straight-forward answer. Most business owners will tell you that they are “definitely satisfying their customer needs.” How do they know … Read more Is Your Business Satisfying Customer Needs?
One of the questions that I receive in my email inbox more than any other is “What is a Lean Process?” You would think that everyone would know the answer to this question, especially when we are living in the 21st century. It makes you wonder where these people that ask me this question have … Read more What is a Lean Process?
Is Lean Certification Really Necessary? Dispelling 3 myths about Lean Certification! I received a call the other day from someone enquiring about Lean Certification. He told me that he wanted to sign up for my Lean Certification training course. I asked why he was doing this. What was his motivation for obtaining lean certification? He … Read more Lean Certification!
Does Lean Management increase profits? How Lean Management is using a new cost model to stay ahead of their competitors! In this article, I want to take a look at the advantages of lean management and its effect on any business. There is a direct correlation between the style of management and the success of … Read more Lean Management
Answer these 3 critical questions before trying to implement lean principles into any type of business. If a company can’t answer these three simple questions about how they plan to use lean principles they are doomed to failure! The most common question I am asked is “What is the best way to implement lean principles … Read more 3 Critical Questions about Lean Principles!
5 things to know prior to making use of Lean Concepts! Ignore these and your lean concepts will be nothing but dreams! Changing any enterprise into a Lean Business may be a daunting job if the person participating in the project does not have the knowledge and experience of lean concepts to grasp what needs … Read more What to do before implementing Lean Concepts!
Why is Workplace Organization or 5S so important? Can 5S help you to find what you need to do your job in 30 seconds or less? Workplace Organization is a combination of two lean techniques, 5S and Visual Management. When implemented as part of a lean program it can help any organization to reduce the … Read more Workplace Organization!
It’s a toss up between – Mean thinking or Lean thinking! Lean thinking is the way of a progressive CEO! I am often asked why it is necessary for a business to adopt lean thinking! Well, it’s will allow an organization to train its employees about Lean principles and to apply them into their business practices. A business … Read more Which first, People elimination or Problem elimination?