Lean & 5's
5S’s Tips from Brad Schmidt, President of Gemba Japan
“5S Training - Insist on giving people training about kaizen and the 7 types of waste before doing 5S with them. If 5S doesn't make sense to them, they will oppose it.
Tops of Cabinets - Always check on top of machines and cabinets. A whole bunch of stuff is up there.
Lean in HealthCare
Helen Zak of the Lean Institute writes about the national healthcare debate and Lean:
“No doubt you've heard and read a lot about the debate in Washington D.C. over healthcare reform.
Lean and Safety
Preparing for the future
How do you keep everyone focused on eliminating waste? Brian Fluetsch of Sunset Air, Inc. in Lacy, WA has a very practice approach. He explains, “One of the best things we did is to continue our MUDA meeting every Wednesday. I do minutes of every meeting and distribute them to each participant. If people are held accountable for their actions or lack there of, they normally will rise to the occasion.”
Constancy of purpose
James Womack reminds us to
A Japanese company (Toyota) and an American company (FORD Motor) decided to have a canoe race on the Red River. Both teams practiced long and hard to reach their peak performance before the race.
On the big day, the
Newsletter #40 November 2008
What is Lean Success?
“Lean success (success in anything, for that matter) is defined by the customer. If the (program) is yielding what they originally wanted, it will be deemed a success. If it is not, it will be deemed a failure. Nothing profound about it, but true. And this is where misconceptions arise.