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 […]

Demand Segmentation – one size fits none

We know better than to try to force fit strategies yet time and again we find businesses planning and managing their processes with a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Hospital […]

Kamishibai – Work Observation Card

Kamishibai or Work Observation Card is a management tool for starting and improving Leader Standard Work,. Kamishibai, in Japanese means …. paper drama and has come to mean, in the […]

Visual Office

Where do you want to work?  If you’ve ever been to Disney or Epcot you may remember the experience.  You park your car or get off the tram, you don’t […]

Table top simulation – dock operations

Simulation is the act of imitating or mimicking the behavior of some situation or some process by means of something suitably analogous.  The imitation of a process can be used […]

Total Flow Management

Euclides A. Coimbra and his associates at the Kaizen Institute have created a wonderful and detailed work on the application of continuous improvement to supply chains.  Here is a full […]

Replenishment Strategies

Determining an appropriate production model starts with Demand Profile and Demand Segmentation.  High volume low variability items, and low volume high variability items behave very differently.  How to decide if […]

Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream

    Hot off the press from the Lean Enterprise Institute … Page 12 & 13 have a brief description of Coefficient of Variation and a SKU Scatter Diagram (weekly […]

Demand Profile

Maslow’s hammer, or a golden hammer is an over-reliance on a familiar tool; as Abraham Maslow said in 1969 in A Psychology of Science, “It is tempting, if the only […]

Improve Turnaround Outage Duration: Command Center

“Command Center” brings up images of NASA or maybe a natural disaster response team.  For a large planned maintenance turnaround the furniture and technology may be different but the concepts […]