• @MBBinWI from what you stated your experiences seem limited especially when it comes to Lean. I know for a fact it is the best management system to run a company because it encompasses a holistic approach for guaranteed success which six sigma does not do. Toyota and other truly Lean companies can attest to that and you and other naysayers do not…[Read more]

  • @leanmx welcome to the Lean Thinking journey and I’m sorry you havent been fully exposed to Lean manufacturing (the Toyota way). Firstly, in Lean Thinking a VSM is where the people who do the work define/map out each step including material and information flow and then applying cycle time to each step and lead time to each instance when waiting…[Read more]

  • KPIs should always be reviewed in terms of safety, quality, timeliness, productivity, and growth and its a discussion that must be had with the consensus of leadership. 1 year, 12 months ago

  • SIPOC is another fancy way to define a business process from beginning to end before work begins. In Lean Thinking the best tool to help you holistically understand this is a Value Stream Map (VSM) where the people who do the work define each step including material and information flow and then applying cycle time to each step and lead time to…[Read more]

  • No need for any fancy software, use the level-loading and demand staffing concepts instead. To determine number of people needed in a given day, you must first determine your Takt Time which equals available work hours of operation divided by the number of units that need to be produced or customers to be serviced. Once you have your Takt time in…[Read more]

  • I like to take a holistic approach to problem solving by conducting a quick kaizen event. 1 year, 12 months ago

  • @MBBinWI My sentiments exactly. It is interesting to see how folks try so hard to marry Lean and six sigma whereas I see them as completely separate. Lean (the Toyota way) is the holistic approach to operating a successful business and six sigma is a tool to be used on specific improvement projects (although I believe it unnecessary to use at…[Read more]

  • Lean (the Toyota way) is the best holistic approach to running a successful business because it provides the basis for educating your most valuable resource, your employees who do the work to provide the right quality products/services to the right customer, at the right time while on a continuous pursuit to eradicate waste. Meanwhile Six sigma is…[Read more]

  • Firstly, demand forecasting is an oxymoron, but what are you trying to forecast exactly? Most times when companies try to forecast or predict future sales, they are way off base. Instead look towards true Lean concepts (no six sigma required) such as Takt Time, cycle time and level loading. If you are trying to determine how many units to produce…[Read more]