Blog Articles for November 2015

Nov 30th 2015

Toyota Kata

According to Wikipedia, Kata (型 or 形 literally: “form”?) is a Japanese word that stands for detailed choreographed patterns of movements practised either solo or in pairs. Kata are used by Japanese in martial arts, such as aikido, judo, kendo and karate.… Read more

Nov 23rd 2015

Obeya, a Lean thinking tool

According to Wikipedia, Obeya or Oobeya (from Japanese “large room” or “war room”) refers to a form of project management used in many organisations (including Toyota) and is a component of lean manufacturing and in particular the Toyota Production System. You will find this presentation at Lean IT Summit 2014 on how extensively Obeya is being used at the multinational Nike interesting.… Read more

Nov 16th 2015

5S: Doing it right

Why does 5S not give results for many companies? Associate Professor Torbjørn Netland argues that many don’t do it right. They think it is just cleaning and tidying! In this article, he takes a closer look at 5S and explains where companies go wrong and how it can be implemented better. … Read more

Nov 9th 2015

Lean thinking in Emergency Departments

This article provides insights into the application of lean to emergency departments.  The authors argue that lean helped to improve Patient care with many EDs reporting decreases in length of stay, waiting times, and proportion of patients leaving the ED without being seen.… Read more

Nov 2nd 2015