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One of the fundamental concepts of lean is Quality at the Source (QAS). Typically, lean practitioners discuss QAS from the aspects of error proofing and not passing on defects. These QAS…Continue
Uncertainty thy name is healthcare. About the only thing we can count on with healthcare, particularly in an industrial situation, is continually increasing costs.
In addition to the personal impacts of a workplace injury to the employee, companies lose as much as $60 billion in decreased productivity each year. Lost time since 2006 has increased 13% and injury costs have increased about 14%. Only about 25% of the total costs of a workplace injury are covered by Workers’…Continue
I’ve heard culture defined as, “what most of the people do, most of the time.” Leaders are constantly faced with the challenge to improve their financial situation, but culture often seems to hold them back (Pay, 2008).
The Toyota Kata process is a guidebook for obtaining a more…Continue
Over the years, we’ve heard of many management techniques such as TOC, TQM, JIT, ISO, Lean, 6 Sigma, Shainin Red X, etc. One of management’s challenges is to prevent these useful tools from becoming the “flavor of the month.”
One of our clients was interested in the Toyota Kata…Continue
“We know what to do, but never seem to execute.” These were the words of a senior leader just last week. They have six teams working on A3 projects, meeting every Friday for progress reports. Like many teams, their groups had high energy at the beginning and made good progress for a few…Continue