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Teams are a key element of continuous improvement. A team is a group of people linked in a common purpose. This is different from a … Continue reading

How can you create more speed in your company? Eliminate anything that isn’t needed. Rather than just trying to work faster, assess the process and … Continue reading

A wise person once said, “It is better to move three things forward a mile than a thousand things forward an inch.” To help people … Continue reading

Many companies start Performance Improvement initiatives with 5S, a Lean tool that involves workplace organization. 5S reduces clutter in offices, warehouses and manufacturing floors and … Continue reading

Many companies start Continuous Improvement initiatives with 5S, workplace organization. This reduces clutter in offices, warehouses and manufacturing floors and creates quick, visible improvements to … Continue reading

Are you and your company striving to be average, or to be industry leaders? Many companies use bench marking as a means to drive process … Continue reading

Many companies focus on the tactics of continuous improvement and are often disappointed with their lackluster results. They look at top line growth and see … Continue reading

Companies often overlook their opportunities to develop  internal partnerships. How many times have you heard about functional silos, internal politics, ineffective teams and weak communications? … Continue reading

Inventory reduction was a core element of Taiichi Ohno’s Toyota Production System. Excess inventory is one of the seven wastes, and Ohno focused heavily on … Continue reading

One of the four key elements of a successful operations and supply chain architecture is creating innovative operations. Innovative operations leads to world class performance, … Continue reading