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In all of my lean journeys or implementations the use of standard work is often down played or overlooked. This relatively easy concept is very critical to ensure on-going success, quality processes, and continual improvement. Standard work contains four elements- Content, sequence, timing and outcome. It should define what steps are taken, when they are taken, how long each step will take and the expected outcome from these steps. Adding pictures is very effective when creating standard work. While the manufacturing floor is often the easiest to document, the largest gains are made in the...

Whether you are a new start-up or an established business in need of a more efficient purchasing system the right tools implemented correctly can have a huge impact on operations and your bottom line. A well-structured process provides the business confidence in their purchasing while eliminating potential waste. This process provides a way to conserve cash and make good decisions on where savings can be made while supporting the performance and sustainability of the business.Let’s get started:1. Collect Data- This may seem simple enough but learning to pull tribal knowledge from people that...

Are you familiar with Lean and the 7 Wastes? Have you learned to see these in action? The notion is simple really, eliminate waste and watch efficiency and profit margins rise, but what does it mean to see? With proven success, Toyota’s mapping methodology was translated by Mike Rother and John Shook in Learning to See, published in 1999. Learning to See visualized stream mapping and created a guide that could translate across industries based on the concept that seeing is key to success. What if there is still more to learn? From the standpoint of employee productivity, I would challenge you to...

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