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Making Things Better - Lean Streets: Improving Road Maintenance in Washington State
Ever feel like your home city or town needs to step up its game in maintaining road conditions? People in Washington State certainly have - and for them, lean turned out to be the way to efficient and effective road maintenance. Steve Gorcester played a major role in this lean transformation - here's his story.… More »
Boatloads of Muda
Ken Eakin saw his fair share of waste during his 13 years in the ocean-shipping industry, especially in the transportation process. Now a lean coach, he looks back on some of the industry's most common wasteful practices and shares some lean tips and logic for avoiding them. If your lean work involves transportation, we're willing to bet you'll find something to relate to! Read more.… More »
3 Tips for Accurately Assessing Your Current State
"Just because everyone remembers to include the current state [on a value stream map] doesn’t mean it’s always done as well it could be," writes Drew Locher. And he's right. In his latest piece for the Lean Post, Drew shares three tips for avoiding common current-state problems on your value stream maps.… More »
Lean Thinking and My Navy Experience
When you think of lean organizations, does the U.S. Navy come to mind? Probably not, but it's an organization with a rich history of lean thinking and practice. Navy veteran and lean practitioner Mark Minukas reflects on the lean lessons he learned from his service and how they helped shape his career.… More »
Lean Thinking for Warehousing and Distribution: How to Know Your Business
"The vast majority of warehouse or distribution center managers have nowhere near the level of detail about the business that’s needed for a lean transformation," says lean veteran David Graham. Learn what kind of knowledge and data you need and how to get it.… More »
How to Make Your Supplier Your Lean Partner
Lean practitioner Randy Dobbs says working with suppliers to improve the extended value stream of his company has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. Read Dobbs' advice on how to work effectively with suppliers.… More »
8 Tips for “Passing the Baton” with Suppliers and Customers
In a relay, the winning team isn’t the one that runs the fastest leg, but the one that runs fastest start to finish without dropping the baton. In business, the winning supply chain isn’t the one with the most efficient operational silos, but the one that is most efficient end to end, especially at the handoffs.… More »
Beyond Lean: Towards Compression Thinking
"Lean thinkers make things better by framing issues as Problems," writes Doc Hall. "Yet today our great challenges transcend corporate Problems. The core Problems confronting the entire global community call for thinking that goes beyond what we consider 'Lean.'"… More »
Veteran Supply Chain Managers Drive Lean Systems Thinking in SoCal
Lean coach and 29 year Toyota veteran Bob Bennett tells us what supply chain management professionals are thinking about in the realm of lean systems thinking.… More »
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Leadership Q&A: Joel Zeller, director of logistics for Polaris Industries and Robert Martichenko, LEI faculty member, author of Building the Lean Fulfillment Stream
From the LEI senior executive series on Lean Leadership: Robert Martichenko, LEI faculty member, co-author of Building the Lean Fulfillment Stream, and Joel Zeller, director of logistics for Polaris … More »
Mapping a Lean Strategy
A thorough article in Supply Chain Quarterly magazine explains how lean principles apply to supply-chain management, then takes you step-by-step through drawing current-state and future-state maps for… More »
Value-Stream Mapping in a Make-to-Order Environment
Tips from LEI author Mike Rother on applying value-stream mapping and continuous flow in high-variety, custom manufacturing environments.… More »
Even in a Topsy-Turvy World, Just-in-Time Supply Works
By James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones. Reprinted with permission from Automotive News, October 29, 2001. Read commentary by Jim Womack and Dan Jones about how to make just-in-time supply chains work … More »
Go and See the Lean Supply Chain: Gemba-Based Workshop
This two-day workshop is part of our new series of special programs which combine classroom learning with practical experience at the gemba. The workshop is conducted at the LeanCor Supply Chain Grou… More »
Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream
This workbook explains step-by-step a comprehensive, real-life implementation process for optimizing your entire fulfillment stream from raw materials to customers, including practical insights into t… More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream
For the tens of thousands of users of value-stream mapping at the facility level, Seeing the Whole Value Stream provides the logical next step, extending the field of view all the way up and down the … More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (eBook)
For the tens of thousands of users of value-stream mapping at the facility level, Seeing the Whole Value Stream provides the logical next step, extending the field of view all the way up and down the … More »
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