Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Lean Roundup #18 – November, 2010

A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of November, 2010.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.

The 18 Principles of Lean Leadership – Jeff Hajek shares 18 principles to guide you when leading in a Lean environment.

You Can't Buy Flow – Bill Waddell explains why the layout can be the biggest constraint to flow and it is really about cycle time not distance saved.

Don't Call HR Yet! – Brian Buck says you should ask why the standardized work can't be followed before jumping to discipline.

6 Ways to Ensure Fear Doesn't Win – Ron Pereira provides several strategies to turn fear into desire.

How do you know when to do an A3 and when to just solve the problem – Tracey Richardson explains 4 categories of problems to determine when to just do it and when to document the thinking process.

Three things to check during a gemba walk – Jon Miller says there are 3 items to look for on ever visit to the Gemba: Standardized Work, Kanban, and Hour-by-Hour board.

The Art of Blind Sudoku – Bill Waddell explains the colossal waste of time that the budgeting process is.

Avoid Charting Performance Measures in Confusing and Misleading Ways – Mark Graban explains the importance of representing data properly.

Lean = Kaizen + Respect – Michael Balle teaches what the concept of respect for people means operationally.

A3 Problem Solving Process – Michael Sinocchi shares the biggest mistake of people doing A3's is that of jumping to solutions before understanding the problem.

Service Design: Customer Experience – Pete Abilla teaches the point of designing for service from the customer's point of view with a backyard example.

Assessing "Respect for People" on a Gemba Walk – Jon Miller follows up a comment by Bob Emiliani on focusing on respect for people on a Gemba walk with what to look for.

Respect for People – Art Smalley answers the Respect for People question with 7 experiences and interpretations of this principle.

Lean and Six Sigma - You Can't Serve Two Masters – Mark Hamel says since you can't serve two masters you should define one based on the principles of operational excellence.

Aim Your 5 Why Well! – Bryan Zeigler explains 3 mistakes when asking the 5 why's of root cause analysis.

Muda, Mura, Muri – Tom Southworth reminds us in our zeal to root out Muda we must not forget about Mura and Muri.

A Culture of Continuous Improvement - Ana Guzman explains what is needed for an organization to continuously seek opportunities for improvement.

How Many Different Types of A3s are there? – Tracey Richardson describes 4 different types of A3 and when to use them.

SMED Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – Matt Wrye has a 3 part post on quick changeover that will help start SMED in your operation.

Warehouse Management Processes – Pete Abilla explains the order fulfillment operation processes.

Is Self Checkout Lean? – Evan Durant uses the self checkout line to explain Lean concepts.

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  1. good post,, thanks for sharing..

  2. Tim-lots of great blog posts here. I'm enjoying them already. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Thanks for sharing one of my posts Tim! I agree with all the others you have listed. Each have been ones that really stuck with me!