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5 Incredibly Powerful Lean Visual Management Tools

Posted by Matt Banna

Oct 31, 2018 9:11:00 AM

Visual management tools surround us - although they are so ubiquitous, we might not even think about them. When your car is about to run out of gas, a light will alert you to the problem. You’ve probably got a message waiting indicator on your desk phone. Your fitness app may even show you how close you are to your daily goal. Your brain can quickly process these visual clues and use the information to make decisions.

The Lean business approach takes advantage of this fact and leverages several powerful tools for management and improvement. You don’t have to be all in on Lean to take advantage of them. Any organization striving for continuous improvement can benefit.

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Topics: Visual Management, Lean, Software

Why Software Needs to be Part of Your Lean Strategy

Posted by Clint Corley

Oct 18, 2018 8:42:00 AM

If you’ve decided to embrace the Lean business methodology, we offer our congratulations. It is an excellent approach to reducing waste, capturing opportunities for improvement, and creating a culture of innovation.

When most leaders start their Lean journey -- and it is a journey, we’re sure no one has achieved Lean perfection yet --  they focus on training managers and staff to ensure that they understand what Lean is really all about. This is a critical undertaking, but our clients have found that it is not enough on its own.

In addition to education, you and your team need the right tools in place to support Lean, and that starts with Lean management software.

Not only does software make your organization more effective at continuous improvement, but it also increases your strength as a leader.

Here’s why software should be a central part of your Lean strategy.

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Topics: Lean, Continuous Improvement Software, Strategy Deployment

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, Software, Leadership

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 construction, Lean

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 Methodology, Improvement Process

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

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