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Continuous Improvement 101: The Deming Cycle (PDCA)

“Continuous Improvement” is a term management consulting firms love using.  It’s also a driving principle behind Lean Management. So, how can we achieve Continuous Improvement in our organization? One of the most common Lean frameworks for Continuous Improvement (of quality) is the Deming Cycle–also commonly known as PDCA Cycle, Deming Wheel, Shewhart Cycle, or Continuous […]

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Follow These 13 Lean Principles to Eliminate Waste in the Warehouse

In managing and improving the operations of your warehouse, consider Lean initiatives to eliminate all waste and bring value to your customers beyond their expectations.  Here are 13 principles to follow. 1. Communicate effectively and often. Clearly communicating to workers your organizational goals, key performance indicators (KPIs), and the processes to achieve them is one […]

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Teamwork, Huddles, and Competition: Sustaining Lean Culture and Initiatives using Managing for Daily Improvement (MDI)

The question is: How can we continuously improve daily, and sustain a Lean culture and behavior? Look to your people, the best resource you have. These people touch every part of daily operations through a process called managing by DAILY improvement. When a Lean culture is truly developed in a company, and old behavior, habits, […]

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Do You Know All the KPIs for a Manufacturing Operations Manager?

This is an exhaustive list of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for a Manufacturing Operations Manager. These KPIs are aligned with Lean initiatives–specifically, Cultural Transformation, Continuous Improvement, elimination of all Wastes, associates becoming process and problem solvers at Gemba.  The tools to be implemented after Lean culture change include 6S, Kanban, Kaizen, and Lean Six Sigma. […]

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Benchmarking Basics. What Is It and How Do You Do It?

Benchmarking is a very powerful tool many organizations use to not only measure and gauge their performance against competition, but also to push themselves to be best-in-class.  Benchmarking is a source of competitive advantage and continuous improvement (Kaizen). Wikipedia defines benchmarking as: Benchmarking is the process of comparing one’s business processes and performance metrics to […]

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Flevy Author Spotlight: Our Interview with Lean Pioneer, Vishnu Rayapeddi

Lean Management has been an area of increasing interest for Flevy customers.   As of now, we have over 300 documents related to various Lean concepts and Vishnu Rayapeddi contributed close to 100 of these documents–with a focus on training series.  Vishnu is a pioneer of Lean Management, combining the power of Lean Thinking, Six Sigma, Balanced Scorecard, and other best-class […]

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Warehouse Key Performance Indicators

Key performance indicators (KPIs) are measures of a company’s strengths and weaknesses of the business. They should be used in comparison to the external competition and internal customers to improve company’s economic standing. In Supply Chain, the warehouse is a critical function. Should products not move effortlessly within the warehouse, a business could come to face […]

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Just-in-Time vs. Just-in-Case: An Inventory Dilemma

As manufacturers are reaping the benefits of Lean and Lean Six Sigma or other continuous improvement processes within their facilities, the importance of eliminating waste still hold sway. So the question now facing these manufacturers is this: Has the time come where Just-in-Time (JIT) inventory levels need to be changed to Just-in-Case levels? With the […]

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The Highway of Change and a Practical Framework Approach to Change

Since Monday, 9th January 2015, my free Flevy download Practical Framework Approach to Change has been downloaded over 500 times. The document contains just a “snapshot” of my approach, rather than going into any explicit details about the tools and techniques related to each of the framework components. The level of interest shown has spurred me into writing […]

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SAP and Change Management

As a “seasoned” Change Manager, I have been involved in many diverse projects focusing on managing the business aspect of technology implementations; e.g. ERP (SAP, Oracle, Microsoft Dynamics), Core Banking Systems, Business Intelligence, Case Working and Knowledge Management solutions, and the like. To this day, I continue to be asked why is there a need […]

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Why Lean Initiatives Fail in a Company

Note from the Editor: This is the first of a series of articles written by Charles Intrieri related to Lean Initiatives.  In the next article, Charles will review Kaizen, Kanban, and Lean Six Sigma, along with the benefits of implementing a Lean culture.  You can read his other articles here. * * * * Lean initiatives are thought of as the use […]

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Lean Inventory Management: Using Lean Initiatives to Manage Inventory

More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. As firms look to reduce waste, increase turns and be more flexible with their inventory, management […]

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