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How to Achieve Personal Growth Using Lean Six Sigma?

“If you work hard for your job, you make a living. But, if you work hard on yourself, you can make a fortune.” – Jim Rohn My first inspirational book, about change and personal growth, was about Total Quality Management. The first question that came to my mind, while reading Environmental TQM, was how can […]

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What Exactly is Value Stream Mapping (VSM)?

There are tons of “value”-driven management frameworks.  Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is one of the most well know–but, do you know what exactly this methodology refers to? Value Stream Mapping Overview VSM is Lean Management method for analyzing the current state and designing a future state for the series of events that take a product or […]

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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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How Do You Transform a Culture?

So you’ve gotten a big client or Senior Leadership position. The company that is hiring you has seen the results of your previous projects, and they want you to start a very large global project (Enterprise Level) on numerous sites. You of course say, “We can do anything you want.” This is a typical response […]

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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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[Video] Why Does Lean Fail in an Organization?

This is a compelling video of an hour long lecture conducted by Charles Intrieri.  Charles is a very senior subject matter expert on Lean, Supply Chain/Logistics/Distribution, and Manufacturing, with several decades worth of experience under his belt working with several blue chip organizations. His lecture is titled “Why Lean Fails.”   You can also download the actual […]

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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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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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Want to Train Your Staff on Lean and Organizational Excellence?

Several training series have recently been published on Flevy  on the management topics of Lean (Operational Excellence) and Organizational Excellence. These training series can be used for internal certification programs in organizations of all sizes. Lean Shop Floor Training Series - 8 Modules.  This is a Lean training series for beginners.  With this series, you can arm your […]

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Flevy’s Definitive Guide to Operations

This is a guide to navigating Flevy to find the documents and other resources you need related to Business Operations.  “Operations” is a broad, vague term. It can convey a lot of different meanings to different people. If you don’t find what you are looking for in this article, please email us at [email protected] First, a very […]

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Lean Initiatives in the Office

Why implement Lean in the Office? If you think Lean only applies to industry and manufacturing processes, you are wrong! Here’s why: The operational efficiency of a company should not be simply restricted to the “production” side of the activity. The rapid delivery and manufacture of products is never enough if your clients are waiting […]

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