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Proven Lean Strategies for Optimal Business Performance

June 21, 2022

Most modern business management methodologies have roots in Toyota's approach to quality improvement and business optimization following...

The Tenets of Process Thinking in Operations Management

September 22, 2021

James Womack and Dan Jones are the founders of the Lean Enterprise Institute and the Lean Enterprise Academy (UK), respectively. Their...

Examples of the 8 Wastes of Lean in Everyday Life

August 26, 2021

If you are striving to become a Lean organization, waste elimination is probably near the top of your list. In fact, Lean practitioners...

13 Transformative Process Improvement Tools and Ideas

July 28, 2021

After many years of speaking with leaders and managers looking to implement process improvement tools in their organizations, we've learned...

16 Questions to Ask on Your First (or Next) Gemba Walk

February 26, 2021

Toyota Chairman Fujio Cho gave a brilliantly simple description of what to do on a Gemba walk. "Go see, ask why, show respect," he said....

Hidden Opportunities for Improvement in Manufacturing

December 23, 2020

Manufacturing organizations dedicated to continuous improvement look for opportunities to eliminate waste at every juncture. They may spend...

How To Reduce Waste with More Productive Meetings

October 20, 2020

Even before the pandemic, most American workers felt that they were being forced into wasteful or even counterproductive meetings...

How to Hold Effective Huddle Meetings via Video

April 10, 2020

The number of people who work from home has been growing at a steady pace for years. Widespread high-speed internet access and a ton of new...

How (and Why) to Walk the Gemba When Everyone’s Working from Home

April 8, 2020

As leaders, managers, and employees alike all grapple with the sudden disruption in routine work and life, go easy on yourself. It is going...