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What Kind of Businesses Need Lean Software?

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Sep 20, 2018 7:45:00 AM

Our standard answer when we get asked, “What kind of businesses need Lean software,” (which happens quite a lot), has always been that businesses in every industry including healthcare, construction, software, engineering, and even higher education benefit from Lean software. And that’s true, but the industry labels tell only part of the story. Lean is industry agnostic, but there are certain business conditions under which Lean software can have an enormous impact. So this post will look at the business attributes that signal an organization stands to make huge gains with Lean technology.

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Topics: Lean, Software, Continuous Improvement Software

How Software Enables Lean Leadership

Posted by Maggie Millard

Sep 19, 2018 9:45:00 AM

It’s 2018, and if you haven’t heard, there’s an app for that. We use software to manage almost every aspect of business today from HR to accounting. You’ve got systems for inventory management, sales performance, customer communications, social media monitoring, and even conference room scheduling.

That’s why we are not surprised that more and more organizations are implementing Lean software to support their critical objectives of increasing customer value and reducing waste.

Not only does Lean software make your team more productive at continuous improvement, but it also increases your strength as a Lean leader. Here’s how.

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Topics: Lean, Leadership, Software

The Fundamentals of the Lean Methodology

Posted by Maggie Millard

Aug 29, 2018 11:00:00 AM

The Lean methodology is an evolution of the Toyota Production System that the Japanese automaker implemented following World War II to improve the efficiency and flexibility of its manufacturing. Two important books, The Machine That Changed the World (1990) by James P. Womack, Daniel Roos, and Daniel T. Jone and Lean Thinking (1996) by James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones outlined the structure and principles for the Lean method.

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Topics: Lean

Who Should be Involved in Lean?

Posted by Becca Millard

Aug 22, 2018 7:45:00 AM

When I decided to do a post on who should be involved in Lean, I Googled the question. I was quite surprised that no content specific to this query came up. Maybe it’s because people just assume the answer is either “everyone,” or “you’ll know if it’s you.” However, I think it’s worth taking some time to think about the various roles of folks who can contribute to a successful Lean implementation.

Executive Leaders

We’ve had the chance to chat with people who have experienced wildly successful Lean transitions and those who’ve been involved in epic flops. The one thing that all of the effective implementations have in common is active and engaged executive leaders. Only top-level leaders can create the culture that is necessary for Lean to thrive. They set the example, provide the resources, and ultimately determine the direction of the company. Lean is successful when improvement and innovation are imperatives for leaders. The C-suite is also responsible for investing in Lean by providing technology, training, and recognition.

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Topics: Lean

Top Signs that You Need Lean Construction Software

Posted by Matt Banna

Jul 9, 2018 8:46:14 AM

Although the construction industry employs some unique applications of the approach, the principles of Lean are the same as they are in any other industry. The practice is rooted in respect for workers, the elimination of waste, and continuous process improvement, all of which can be practiced without supportive software in place.

However, many in the field have found that Lean construction software can help reduce some of the obstacles that make these principles easier said than done. Have you attempted to implement Lean in your firm, but been disappointed with the results?

Here are the signs that technology just might be the solution.

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Topics: Lean, lean construction

What Sets Lean Organizations Apart?

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Jul 2, 2018 3:37:03 PM

When people think of the Lean business management methodology, they often associate it primarily with waste reduction. The elimination of waste is indeed a significant goal of Lean organizations, and it does become a significant factor in decision making, but attention to waste reduction alone does not make an organization Lean. There are several factors that successful Lean organizations have in common.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Culture

An Overview of A3 Management

Posted by Jeff Roussel

Jun 21, 2018 3:16:56 PM

Whether you’ve read a ton about various business methodologies and the philosophy of continuous improvement, or just a little bit, you can’t be blamed if you’ve started to wonder if Toyota developed every improvement technique.

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Topics: Lean, Improvement Process, Improvement Methodology

Causes and Solutions for Resistance to Lean in Construction

Posted by Matt Banna

May 15, 2018 11:27:56 AM

The Lean business management approach may have started with ideas formed in the Japanese auto industry, but today, it is used by industries of all sorts from healthcare to higher education. Many architecture, engineering, and construction companies are also leveraging the methodology to combat the fact that 80% of capital projects end up over budget or schedule, or both. As with anything new, there has been some resistance to the adoption of Lean in construction. This post takes a look at a few of the most common root causes for the reluctance to adopt Lean techniques and how to overcome them.

Value is centered on knowing vs. learning

In construction, a high value is placed on skilled craftwork. This is true for design and engineering as well as more traditional construction trades. Each group is proud of its abilities and is generally protective of their unique set of hard-won skills. Jobs in construction go to those who know how to ply their trade, not necessarily to those who need to learn. The idea that improvement is needed runs contrary to a culture centered around competence.

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Topics: Lean, lean construction

Common Questions about Lean Management Systems

Posted by Jeff Roussel

May 2, 2018 8:31:00 AM

Then the Lean management methodology was first developed, based largely on the management techniques of Toyota and other Japanese automakers, it was mostly used in manufacturing. Today, the approach has been embraced by almost every industry. Along the way, software has been developed to support the approach. When we chat with people about the details of these Lean management systems, we are often asked some standard questions. Here are the answers.

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Topics: Lean

Essential Features and Top Benefits of a Lean Management System

Posted by Clint Corley

Mar 28, 2018 7:11:00 AM

Organizations of all types across the globe have adopted the Lean management approach to business. Lean management got its start in automobile manufacturing in Japan, but today it is used by hospitals, software companies, retailers, and even construction firms. Improvement management software is not a requirement to practice Lean, but as with any process, structure and visualization can increase the odds of success.

Our goal today is to lay out precisely what a Lean management system is and share some of the reasons that you might consider investing in one.

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Topics: Lean, Continuous Improvement Software

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