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Whether it’s in manufacturing literature or in conversations with others, “executive buy-in” is frequently named the most important requirement for success with lean.
If you’re an executive and reading this article, you’re probably not surprised to hear that. You’ve probably heard it before, too, if you’ve spent any time around lean thinking and strategies for implementation.
Perhaps you’re different and one of those extraordinary executives who will see lean through to the end. If that’s you, then we salute you! [Read more…] about Business Executives: 5 Reasons Why Lean Efforts Fail
Today we share about the idea of “Fix What Bugs You” from Paul Akers and 2 Second Lean. It is one of the simplest concepts to teach everyone about lean. It engages everyone every day and sets the bar so low that every contribution counts–no matter how small. If you want to create a culture of continuous improvement this idea is essential!
I was recently thinking about the problem of empowering front-line employees in a regulated environment.
It is extremely hard to do. There are layers of approvals and complex change control documentation that gets in the way. On top of that, there is usually a division of walls between manufacturing and the support departments they need to create change.
Even in less-regulated industries, the division of departments creates all kinds of challenges for operators to participate in continuous improvement. Tooling, purchasing, quality, scheduling, maintenance, and other departments could be buildings and parking lots away from where the workers need help. [Read more…] about 5 Reasons To Move Engineering To The Production Floor (Tear Down The Walls!)
In this lean tip we show the amazing results you can get when transforming mass production into one piece flow using lean manufacturing techniques. An amazing amount of waste can be eliminated when making the change to one piece flow. It reduces burden on manufacturing processes, scheduling, and personnel and is at the heart of a lean production system.
The clip is an excerpt from our free Five Day Lean Mini-Course, which you can find here!
For lean to work in an organization it has to involve everyone every day. There may be other ways to create a lean culture, but this is one way we teach companies to practice lean.
It’s because it works.
And it’s because if you don’t involve everyone every day there are some very likely consequences. [Read more…] about 4 Ways to Involve Everyone Every Day