Lean Thinking

May 4, 2021

Lean Practices Can Help Your Business

I started practicing Lean Management in the 1980’s when I was responsible for the efficient operation of 16 adhesives manufacturing plants, and believe me I have […]
April 2, 2021

Reducing Waste Through Lean Management

In business, even small enhancements in productivity and efficiency can have a big impact on your bottom line. Whether it is through reduced lead times, reduced […]
March 9, 2021

Case Study: How to Meet Your Daily Work Plan in Light of Unplanned Interruptions

 A small engineering group of a safety certification organization was responsible for testing roofing and surface burning materials to certify the safety of these products for […]
February 9, 2021

Lean Applies to any Process

Most things of value, whether a service, a drawing, new knowledge, or a manufactured good, are produced as a result of a process. As a process […]
January 19, 2021

Lean Process Improvement for Colleges and Universities

Some years back I conducted a Lean Office Simulation workshop for the staff of the business school at an independent urban university in the Chicago area. […]
January 10, 2021

Exposing Barriers is the First Step to Process Improvement

The project management department of one of our manufacturing clients had been working on lean improvements for about 14 months and had implemented a visual accountability […]
January 1, 2021

Traditional Process Improvement Versus Lean Process Improvement

My own experience provides several examples of the ineffectiveness of traditional process improvement approaches. Long before I was a Lean disciple I worked as a Director […]
November 18, 2020

How to Manage Interruptions in your Office Processes

A $250 million machinery manufacturer contacted us about improving their billing services department. The turnaround time on handling customer disputes was just too long and the […]
October 23, 2020

Micromanage the Process not the People

I had the opportunity to work with a wire drawing manufacturer where the machine operators were tasked with producing defined lot quantities to replenish parts for […]
October 13, 2020

How to Effectively Use Visual Controls

I had the opportunity to work with some plant maintenance people in a subsidiary of a large flexible packaging manufacturer. The focus was on the bagmaking […]
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 […]
June 8, 2020

Recent Developments in Lean

Some of the most recent developments in Lean include its adoption by many service sector organizations, especially in health care and the IT sector, the use […]
September 27, 2020

Making Work Visible

An engineering group was responsible for issuing the safety certification for products submitted by their  customers. There were many customer complaints about the length of time […]
October 6, 2020

How to Make Leader Standard Work a Success

A metal working plant had been transitioning to Lean production for 3 years. With Lean manufacturing working smoothly, the plant decided to focus on Lean management. […]