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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.

  • Muda, mura, muri

    November 11, 2010
    Over the past few years we've tackled what is considered to be the major focal point of any Lean enterprise: the complete elimination of waste. These wastes, for any manufacturing environment, are often expressed with an easy to remember acronym-cum-…

  • 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…

  • Kanban

    January 15, 2008
    It happens every time I visit a client. "Here's our kanban", they exclaim and I, naturally, start looking around for a card, or a sign, or a signal of some sort. In other words, I start looking for a kanban. When I ask where this mysterious kanban is…

  • Treasure Maps

    September 27, 2007
    Last issue we explored the subject of waste and how easy it can be to get started on eliminating much of the wastes that exist in print shops today. The key, if you remember, is that in order to eliminate these wastes you must first be able to see th…