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Is Your Lean Organization Committing Muda?

Is Your Lean Organization Committing Muda?

I have always taken issue with the needless use of Japanese words when simple English will suffice. (Okay, QED and suffice are not simple English, perhaps I’m a hypocrite.) Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against the Japanese. In fact, my son-in-law is Japanese...
LEAN: Eliminating Waste or a Major Source of It?

LEAN: Eliminating Waste or a Major Source of It?

Let us be perfectly clear about something – the Lean and Six Sigma tool boxes are awesome, must have, tool boxes for every business. If you really want to learn how to DO THINGS RIGHT, learn these tool kits! DOing THINGS RIGHT and DOing the RIGHT THINGS are not,...

Use of Terms and Language that Create Division

Language is important. Lean was born out of an attempt to copy successful practices from Toyota and other Japanese companies. This resulted in the use of Japanese words to describe things that could better be described with plain English, particularly when talking to...

Staff Support with Over-Emphasis on Certification

Part 6 of our series on the 7 Common Mistakes Made with Lean or Six Sigma Initiatives. Click the link to see the rest of the list. Having continuous improvement staff positions is a great idea if your business is large enough to support it. A question that needs to be...

Misleading Claims of Improvement Benefits

Part 5 of our series on the 7 Common Mistakes Made with Lean or Six Sigma Initiatives. Click the link to see the rest of the list. Can’t Find Those Improvement Savings in Your Bottom Line? You are not alone… To justify their existence many business improvement...