Today we give an explanation for how over production increases the remaining seven wastes of lean manufacturing using an everyday laundry machine. Avoid the evils of over production by reducing the batch size as much as possible!
When it comes to doing what’s called a “gemba walk,” what you do and how you do it is an important factor.
There are many things you can do wrong—especially if other management styles creep into your gemba. So to start, let’s be clear and upfront about a few things. [Read more…] about 8 Activities to Maximize your Gemba Walk
Use straighten from lean 5S to make sure you never lose a tool again. By making a place for everything, and placing everything in its place you’ll never have a homeless tool again. Boost your sanity and end the frustration of searching for missing tools!
At the start of any new lean implementation, there are two essential things we’re trying to establish: credibility and results. And if you’re not getting both of them, you’re likely not enjoying success with lean.
Credibility is critical for lean to take on a life of its own—it’s all about gaining employee buy-in and commitment.
After all, at Lean Smarts we widely promote that the power of lean is in the culture it creates. Sure, the tools and tricks are powerful for any organization, but you can’t underestimate the greater power of a community of people who are fully behind the idea of continuous improvement.
And to do that, you need to establish credibility, and fast!
So it’s important that you start lean off on the right foot and gain credibility—that is, the respect, confidence, and belief of employees.
A fantastic way to gain credibility early on is to get early results. Of course, results are what an organization is after anyway. [Read more…] about How to Establish Credibility and Accelerate Results
Make lean 5S effective at work by teaching how to sweep (or shine) effectively. Thoughtful sweeping that includes inspection will eliminate root causes and waste. This is how you prevent mindless 5S programs!