Value-Stream Mapping for Manufacturing
Learn how to see value, differentiate value from waste, and eliminate the sources of waste by creating accurate current-state maps and leaner future-state maps for a product family.
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Rooted in Purpose, Process, and respect for People, lean is about creating the most value for the customer, while minimizing resources, time, energy, and effort used.

How Hoshin Kanri Aligns Your Key Organizational Systems
Think of hoshin (strategy alignment) like the human body, argues Mark Reich: The body needs a strong skeletal structure (hoshin) to hold it together (just like an organization). But a body can’t move effectively if its muscles (continuous improvement) are not kept active and developed as well.
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Is my crazy new boss right that applying standardized work is the foundation of lean?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,  My new boss is a lean fanatic crazy about standards. He’s created a new team to audit standards and is telling us that applying standardized work is the foundation of lean. It’s creating a lot of resistance, and I don’t know what to make of it.
Know someone who needs a compact introduction to Toyota Kata? This Summer's 40-minute Kata video is exactly that.

Good introduction to what Toyota Kata is about, to share with anyone who needs it. Captured at the 5th annual North American KataCon conference in Savannah, GA on February 18, 2019.