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An Introduction to Lean Construction

An Introduction to Lean Construction

An Introduction to Lean Construction In a sector where price pressure is high, competition is intense and margins are low, General Contractors have to find ways to increase their efficiency and effectiveness.  One pa…

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Lean Construction: Engineering & Planning and why they matter

Lean Construction: Engineering & Planning and why they matter

Lean Construction: Engineering & Planning and why they matter Implementing Lean Engineering and Lean Planning help keeping construction projects under control and finally get out of firefighting modus. By Gilles …

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Japan Lean Tour – Learning 1 – Improving your organisation everyday

Japan Lean Tour – Learning 1 – Improving your organisation everyday

Japan Lean Tour – Learning 1 – Improving your organisation everyday       “Improve what we can, now, one step at a time.” Mr. KOSAKA, former Toyota plant manager     Many organisations we see put in place sugg…

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Field Service Excellence

Field Service Excellence

Field Service Excellence Every company is different.  Operational improvement levers depend on the business maturity and nature of each organisation.  Work at a Field Service company revealed following good practices: …

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7 Practical tips about filming in production for a SMED project

7 Practical tips about filming in production for a SMED project

7 Practical tips about filming in production for a SMED project     SMED Single Minute Exchange of Die, is a technique that aspires to do any production line changeover in less than 10 minutes (single minute).   Fi…

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What it takes to climb the mountain called Operational Excellence

What it takes to climb the mountain called Operational Excellence

What does it take to climb the mountain called Operational Excellence? We post another infographic this week, in which we stipulate 4 critical success factors of a journey towards Operational Excellence: Know where y…

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The 10 types of Waste in the Office

The 10 types of Waste in the Office

The 10 types of Waste in the Office Another infographic about different types of losses, but this time we focus on an office environment.  We see "Waste" as non-value adding activities, i.e. what the customer doesn't w…

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The 8 types of Waste in Manufacturing

The 8 types of Waste in Manufacturing

The 8 types of Waste in Manufacturing In the following infographic we summarise the different types of losses you can find in a production environment. We see "Waste" as non-value adding activities, i.e. what the custo…

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What are the benefits of lean

What are the benefits of lean

What are the benefits of Lean? Lean is a management philosophy that focuses on eliminating waste so that all activities or steps within processes add value in the customers’ perspective. By implementing a Lean philos…

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Roles and Responsibilities in a Lean program

Roles and Responsibilities in a Lean program

Roles and Responsibilities in a Lean program   To make a Lean program successful, clear definition of Roles and Responsibilities is essential.  Four key roles in any Lean program are Sponsor, Facilitator, Leader a…

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Lean-What means respect for people

Lean-What means respect for people

What means respect for people   Let’s compare two situations in two different organizations that experience the same market pressure.   In the first organization, the pressure comes from the top-management and drills…

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Status Update Meetings

Status Update Meetings

3 TIPS on Status Update meetings Last week I started writing about meetings. More specifically, I gave some tips about making process improvement meetings more productive: Kanban, F&B, and Side Roles. [Read old a…

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Productive Meetings

Productive Meetings

3 TIPS on running productive meetings Last week I talked about what makes meeting rooms effective. This week I will share some ideas about making actual meetings more productive. First, I want to point out that ther…

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Productive Meeting Rooms

Productive Meeting Rooms

The holy trinity of productive meeting rooms As a consultant, you spend a lot of time in meeting rooms. Being a Lean consultant, I try to spend as much time as possible on the “Gemba”, aka the place where actual value…

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Autonomous Problem Solving

Autonomous Problem Solving

Lean : Autonomous Problem Solving   Lets see if you recognize this story.  We at company X do many projects.  We have Engineering and IT departments, which help us improve our efficiency in communication, data han…

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Lean applied to running a marathon

Lean applied to running a marathon

Lean applied to running a marathon One of my adolescent dreams was to run a marathon.  I have been running since I was twelve but never crossed the line of 21km.  Until July of this year.  Running a marathon was also …

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How to share Vision & Goals

How to share Vision & Goals

Lean thinking: Shared vision and goals Most organisations have a strategy.  Some organisations succeed in executing that strategy extremely well, because they can engage all their employees. (Think of Proctor and Gamb…

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Lean mind-sets: Sell problems and ask solutions

Lean mind-sets: Sell problems and ask solutions

Lean mind-sets: Sell problems and ask solutions   One person that has inspired me doing Lean implementation work is Prof. Filip Vandendriessche and his work on managing people on Output (results or agreed goals) rath…

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Why learning to see losses matters

Why learning to see losses matters

Why Learning to see Losses matters Starting to implement Lean?  In the early stages, Lean change facilitators in your organisation, frequently helped by external consultants, will look at losses and wastes. Lean is ab…

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Do you truly listen to the Voice of Your Customers?

Do you truly listen to the Voice of Your Customers?

Do you truly listen to the Voice of Your Customers? Many organisations are focused on growth, profitability and efficiency.  At the same time they overlook that their markets and customers outside are changing their m…

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Kaizen Problem Solving

Kaizen Problem Solving Perhaps it was impatience with how long traditional projects take. Often it was an awareness of how hard it is for people to concentrate on improvement when they keep thinking about getting their …

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Kaizen Leader: What to expect ?

How Effective Is Your Kaizen Leader? A Kaizen leader heads up a team committed to identified quality improvement processes within a company. All team members benefit directly from the results of a Kaizen event. Progress…

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