Operational Excellence Blog

June 20, 2019

What is Value Added?

The concept of what is value added is an important one. Lean is all about the elimination of waste and that waste can be defined as […]
May 27, 2019

Linking Lean to Profits

Recently a CEO of a mid-sized manufacturing company ($100 million) inquired about one of our services, “Linking Lean to Profits.” He had received some information about […]
May 19, 2019

I Have Reduced My Manufacturing Cycle Times. Now What?

Lean has brought about amazing changes on the factory floor. Many U.S. firms recognize that in today’s markets, the speed of response to customer demands is […]
April 30, 2019

How Does Lean Process Improvement Impact the Bottom Line?

I can’t even begin to recall how many times I am asked, “How does lean help improve my bottom line?” To answer the question, consider the […]
April 16, 2019

Are You Managing Your Cycle Times?

A company’s total business cycle time is measured from the time a customer’s need is identified to receipt of payment from the customer for the finished […]
April 10, 2019

Debunking Process Improvement Myths

As a process improvement devotee, I have heard all the myths surrounding the need for improving unproductive business processes. These false beliefs have led management down […]
March 25, 2019

Are You Trapped in the Planning Loop? Reduce Your Lead times to Escape.

Underlying the operations of every company is its value delivery system. It is the central processing unit of the entire company. For example, what does it […]
February 25, 2019

Improve Your Processes for Business Success

Continuous process improvement ensures that your processes are capable of meeting or exceeding internal or external customer requirements and business performance objectives. Continuous process improvement consists […]
October 17, 2018

Using Lean Techniques to Manage Cash Flow

How Lean Processes Can Benefit Your Firm’s Cash Flow  Picture a traditional manufacturing process. What do you see? Work started well before it’s needed? Items being […]
October 1, 2018

The Agile Lean Alignment

In the past software development followed the waterfall approach—trying to understand the customer’s new needs and then working on the software development for months, releasing the […]

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