Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Lean Roundup #27 – August, 2011

A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of August, 2011.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.

How do you approach an idea? – Jeff Hajek talks about the difference between a bad idea and thinking something is a bad idea and the importance of not missing opportunities.

Create Urgency Without Foul Play – Liz Guthridge explains 3 actions to make messages about urgency stick in your organization.

 3 Things You Can Do When Your Manager Doesn't Support Continuous Improvement – Ron Pereira shares 3 insights to continue down the Lean journey when your boss doesn't support Lean.

Strategy or Slogan? – Joe Ely shares two examples that illustrate the benefits of a clear strategy.

Mura and Muri-So Critical, So Forgotten – David Kasprzak explains the importance of eliminating Mura and Muri from the Gemba not just Muda.

Supplier Integrity – Matt Wrye shares an example of respect for people that illustrates the need for supplier integrity which is more about partnering than competition.

Cycle Time Reduction: Use Little's Law – Pete Abilla explains why production efficiency decreases with a significant surge of orders and how to improve it.

The Best or Nothing – Mark Hamel explains the balance between seeking perfection and a bias for action when doing kaizen and how to make it all work.

5 Reasons for 5s – Chris Paulsen explains the benefits of doing 5S in your plant or workplace.

Stop Placing Blame and Understand the Why – Matt Wrye reminds us it isn't important who creates the issue but it is important to understand why the issue occurred.

What are Mental Models? – Al Norval explains mental models, or the lenses we use to see reality, a reality that can be distorted by our thinking.

4 Ways to Eliminate "That's Not My Job" Thinking – Mike Wroblewski explains why and how to eliminate the negative thinking of "that's not my job."

6 Leadership Habits for Effective Tiered Meetings – Mark Hamel provides some tips to make your tiered meetings effective and engaging.

What is RFTOT? – Dragan Bosnjak explains what Right the First Time on Time metric means and why it is important.

Mapping Performance Metrics: A Guide – Pete Abilla explains a process to map your performance metrics so that they are actionable, make sense, and bring meaning to the everyday efforts of the employee.

Dear "Lean Six Sigma" Crowd - Lean is about Quality, too – Mark Graban debunks a common misconception that Six Sigma is about quality and Lean is not.

Resistance to Change – Pete Abilla lists common resistances to change and provides effective countermeasures.

No Wiggle Room – Bruce Hamilton explains what happens when we use words that have wiggle room like excess and how they limit our ideal true north thinking.

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