What is Lean About Anyway?

  Many organizations have had some exposure to Lean Training. A small number of these organizations have actually attempted to apply the various Lean tools. Unfortunately, they often report that their experience and more importantly, their results, have not met their expectations. These organizations are left wondering if Lean works in their business sector. So, what went wrong? The best way

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5 Tips for Leading Successful change – A Collaborative Lean Transformation Approach

Planning Planning is a critical element to any change / continuous improvement initiative. Unfortunately it is an area where most of us fail! I discovered this early during my own Lean journey. Based on my understanding of Lean at the time, I introduced a number of improvements over a 12 month period of time that appeared rather impressive. Reality set

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Lean vs Six Sigma: Do you really need Six Sigma?

There has been much historical debate when it comes to Lean vs Six Sigma. Most people have strong opinions about which method is more effective for achieving results.  While Lean is a systematic approach to eliminating waste and creating flow in your processes, six sigma is a set of tools and strategies that help to limit defects and variations in processes.

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Taking the Lean Leap & Creating a Lean Plan

Where do we start? One of the most common questions we are asked is : “Where do we start?” and “How do we do it the ‘right’ way?”  The key to success is to have an effective Lean plan specifically for your situation and environment.  Without an effective plan, you will either fail totally or not maximize your potential.  This

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You Can’t Fix Organizational Culture

The April edition of the Harvard Business Review featured an article called “You Can’t Fix Culture – Just focus on Your Business and the Rest Will Follow”.  Authors Jay Lorsh and Emily McTague make the case that while many believe that the solution to organizational challenges is to “change the culture”, this is not a prescription worth pursuing. They contend

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