Why do we call it “value stream”?

On LinkedIn, Dinesh Vasandani, Director of industrial engineering and manufacturing operational excellence at Boeing, asked “Why do we call it value stream? Most value streams have minimal value added work rates. Should we start calling them waste streams?” To date, Dinesh … Continue reading

Jidoka At GE And Amazon | Marc Onetto | Planet Lean

“[…]The principle of Jidoka applies everywhere, especially if we come down to its fundamental intent: preventing bad quality from going down the line and impacting the customer, understanding the causes of a problem as it happens, and giving the employee … Continue reading

Takt Time Concept Still Misunderstood | LinkedIn Discussion

“What does TAKT Time mean to you and how have you used it to better your business?”     Sourced through LinkedIn Michel Baudin‘s comments: It’s 2017, and this question should be unnecessary, but the responses reveal that confusion about … Continue reading

The Only Capability That Matters: The Willingness And Ability To Learn | Becky Morgan | Industry Week

“Research shows that over a million manufacturing jobs sit unfilled right now. That number is expected to increase to over 3 million by the end of this decade. A skills shortage is to blame, say most. ‘We need CNC operators, … Continue reading

Should You Know Why Before You Know How?

The first article in Jill Jusko’s twice yearly “Top 10” Industry Week articles about Lean is her own Lessons in Lean Training, in which she quotes consultant Jon Armstrong as saying “individuals first need to know why before they know how. … Continue reading

Future of Lean: is robotic motion/transportation waste? | Christian Hohmann

“Motion and transportation count among the 7 basic muda or wastes, that should be eliminated or at least reduced to their bare minimum in order to be leaner. Now, with the probable rise of robotics, will robotic motion (and transportation) … Continue reading

Is Lean a set of tools – or a set of principles? | Pascal Dennis

“Is Lean a set of tools – or a set of principles? If the latter, we’ll fall far short of our potential”   Sourced through LinkedIn Michel Baudin‘s comments: Because of the way the meaning of Lean has changed over the … Continue reading

Why I don’t like Lean houses, except one | Christian Hohmann | LinkedIn Pulse

“I never liked the (Toyota inspired) Lean houses and their many variants. First all these models are generally understood as prescriptive rather than descriptive, thus those new to Lean tend to adopt and copy one model without necessarily understanding its … Continue reading

The 5-Day Kaizen | Bob Emiliani

“The classic 5-day kaizen was likely created in the late 1980s by Shingijutsu kaizen consultants from Japan as they established their practice in the United States and beyond. Traveling the long distance from Japan to the east coast of the U.S. … Continue reading