Process Improvement

February 20, 2018

Make Value Stream Mapping Part of Your Annual Business Planning

If you are like most of the companies I meet with you have a boatload of projects competing for a few precious resources. The pressure on […]
February 4, 2018

Lean Practices Can Help Any Business

I started practicing Lean Management in the 1980’s when I was responsible for the smooth operation of 16 adhesives manufacturing plants, and believe me I have […]
January 23, 2018

Focus on Improving Your Cross-functional Processes for Your Customers Sake

In a perfect world, all employees could visualize the business process in which they work. They would create their work, coordinate activities and manage interfaces, be […]
January 15, 2018

The Lean Office/Service Transformation

Lean Office and service is becoming more and more popular, but what does it really mean? It is more than organizing desks and using 5S principles. […]
January 8, 2018

Obstacles to Process Improvement

There is a lot going on in any good organization today beyond getting a product or service into the hands of the customer. Any number of […]
January 1, 2018

Redesign Your Organization Around Lean Thinking

Introduction What differentiates a Lean thinking organization from a traditional one? Basically, the Lean thinking organization is grounded in the answers to two simple questions, “What […]
December 18, 2017

Lean Principles Apply to Administrative Processes Too

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 […]
December 10, 2017
Value-added activities

What is Value-Adding?

The concept of what is value adding is a very important consideration when looking at the steps in a process.  When we look at streamlining a […]
December 4, 2017

How Do I Improve My Business Processes? (Part 3)

This is the final post for How Do I Improve my Business Processes?  it explains steps 7-10 of the improvement process. Step 7:  Construct process map/flow […]
November 27, 2017

How Do I Improve My Business Processes? (Part 2)

In the last post I covered the first three steps of the ten step process for improving your business processes. In this post I will cover […]
February 20, 2018

Make Value Stream Mapping Part of Your Annual Business Planning

If you are like most of the companies I meet with you have a boatload of projects competing for a few precious resources. The pressure on […]
January 23, 2018

Focus on Improving Your Cross-functional Processes for Your Customers Sake

In a perfect world, all employees could visualize the business process in which they work. They would create their work, coordinate activities and manage interfaces, be […]
January 8, 2018

Obstacles to Process Improvement

There is a lot going on in any good organization today beyond getting a product or service into the hands of the customer. Any number of […]
December 10, 2017
Value-added activities

What is Value-Adding?

The concept of what is value adding is a very important consideration when looking at the steps in a process.  When we look at streamlining a […]