Project Management

Project managers know how to break down a large project into manageable components and follow through to execution. Visual management, project kanban, and other approaches will minimize project risks.

Supply Chain

As you work to address your lean supply chain costs, you’ll probably uncover the fact that your supply chain may be the biggest cost opportunity you have. Many organizations overlook this opportunity. Does your team have extensive experience applying lean to all aspects of the supply chain?

Lean Operations

Are you delivering exactly what your customer wants exactly when wanted? As a business leader you want to use the latest combination of Lean and Six Sigma tools and principles to move your Operations Team towards world class lean operations.

Lean Product Development Videos Worth Watching

Don Reinertsen An introduction to Lean Product Development Flow Allan Ward Allen Ward presentation of Lean Product Development Dr. Allen Ward   Power of Trade-Off Curves Lean Development System Becoming lean is important for virtually all industries and disciplines. But when it comes to product development, applying lean fundamentals often fails. Ron Mascitelli OEM Lean […]

Product Development Best Practices

Most product development teams fail to meet their full potential. They consume more resources than is necessary to test, evaluate, refine their products and struggle to maximize customer and shareholder value. Typical projects take too long and deliver business results that are less than expected. At the same time, many lean organizations are seeing great […]

Warehouse Slotting

What Is Warehouse Product Slotting? Warehouse Product Slotting is defined as the intelligent location of product in a warehouse or distribution center for the purpose of optimizing material handling efficiency. Sometimes called inventory slotting, or profiling, it identifies the most efficient placement for each item in a distribution center or warehouse. Since each instance is […]

Scientific Method and Improvement Kata

Scientific Method is the systematic observation, measurement, experimentation, formulation, testing, and modification of hypotheses. Hypotheses are a supposition or proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence as a starting point for further investigation. Improvement Kata is the repeated practicing a pattern to learn a skill or way of thinking, to become second nature, […]

10 Things to Improve Forecast Accuracy

Forecasts are never right but you can improve your forecast accuracy … You can’t improve what you don’t measure Aggregate – individual plus or minus swings cancel each other out Measure forecast accuracy at the right time fences Review forecasts by exception only.  If the forecast deviation is within expected limits leave well enough alone […]

Not so ‘Good to Great’

An executive asked my opinion about having his staff all read Good to Great by Jim Collins (2001). It’s been years since I first read the book, one of many business books collecting dust in my library.  When I went back to the list of companies used for research I saw some I knew hadn’t […]

Kanban and Sustainability

Dear Larry, Andrew and Guanair; How are you doing ? I would like to share with you that We Won the Whirlpool Sustainability-2013 award, among 536 suppliers and 55 projects, With our project about plastic returnable box saving industrial waste (avoid 75000 cardboard boxes /2500 wood pallets /50 km of plastic wrap /40 ton of […]

Business Model Canvas

Remember how you felt when you first started drawing your first Value Stream Maps? Well that’s how I felt when I first got my hands on Business Model Generation by Alexander Osterwalder, and Yves Pigneur. This is a new visual tool you can use to help connect your value propositions to your customers and suppliers. The […]

LeanSigma Tool Kit

Lean Sigma Behavior Other Customer Process Focus Muda, Muri, Mura Value Stream Map Flow, Takt, Pull Visual Management Process Analysis Problem Solving Quick Changeover Standard Operations Standard Work One Piece Flow Kanban Heijunka Respect for People Total Productive Maintenance Jidoka Quality Voice of the Customer Critical to X Project Management, DMAIC Statistics Data Collection Rolled […]