News Articles for the Lean Thinking Category

Jun 13th 2016

Capacity or flow problem?

When organisations are unable to get through what they want, they tend to add additional resources (machines, people, space, etc.) hoping to improve throughput.  This approach may work, but it definitely increases cost per unit and increases organisational complexity.  The problem may well be due to lack of flow.   … Read more

Jun 6th 2016

Standard work Vs. Procedures

A procedure is a set of instructions to in given situation whereas a standard work refers to steps to do right the first time. In this article Michael Balle further expands the differences between these two which is worth knowing. Read more…Read more

May 30th 2016

Lean in Meat Industry

The scope to improve productivity and reduce costs in meat processing industries is huge. British based Food Chain Centre undertook a pilot study to examine the potential and the likely benefits of implementing lean.  If you are working in meat industry and wanting to know how to implement lean, this is must read report.… Read more

May 16th 2016

Lean in HR Department

How can one implement lean principles in HR Department? How to draw a Value Stream Map of HR operations? What benefits can be expected in implementing lean in HR?  Read this article to find out the lean journey of HR Department of Dutch Railways.… Read more

May 9th 2016
May 2nd 2016

Value Stream Mapping for New Product Development

Value stream mapping (VSM) is a lean-management method for analysing series of activities typically starting from customer order to customer delivery. It’s use is extensive for manufacturing, but not so for New Product Development (NPD). But its benefit is likely to be even more for NPD than for manufacturing as identifying ‘waste’ is more difficult in NPD processes.… Read more

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