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  • Don’t go Lean

    Don’t go Lean

    Tom Southworth || April 19, 2012
    That got your attention, didn’t it? What on earth do I mean, don’t go Lean?

  • Gemba walks

    Tom Southworth || March 8, 2012
    Let me start off by asking you a question. Have you heard of the word gemba before and, if you have, what does gemba mean to you?  Gemba is a Japanese word that means the real or actual place. Walking the gemba, the real or actual place, is a k…

  • The 3P’s of kaizen

    Tom Southworth || January 18, 2012
    Lean practitioners are familiar with Production Preparation Process, or 3P, which enables organizations to eliminate waste using a rigorous, structured process. Many companies are familiar with eliminating waste through kaizen, or continuous improvem…

  • The Value of a Value Stream Map

    October 4, 2011
    Everything you do, from door to dock, is what makes up your value stream.

  • Look before you leap

    July 12, 2011
    Due diligence is needed prior to embarking on any improvement plan Lean included.

  • A War on Waste

    May 24, 2011
    There are approximately 12 million people working in manufacturing in the United States at roughly 332,000 companies. Most of these employees work for small to mid-size firms, those employing 250 or fewer people. Ninety-seven percent of manufacturing…

  • Developing a Lean Thinking Workforce

    August 27, 2010
    So much time and energy has been spent and will continue to be spent on learning and using the tools of Lean that we've all become very familiar with. Tools like value stream mapping, 5S, point-of-use-storage and kanban can be easy to understand sinc…

  • Training

    July 7, 2009
    If you were to do a search of company mission statements you would probably find that many companies, if not a majority, make the claim that their employees are their most important asset, or something to that effect. It's a nice statement, but is it…

  • Quality Toolkit

    March 6, 2009
    Abraham Maslow once said, "When the only tool you have is a hammer, all problems begin to resemble nails." In today's bleak economic environment, many people are armed only with a hammer and are tempted to start swinging away at the myriad of problem…