Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Top 10 Posts of 2016


The end of the year is traditionally a time to look back and reflect. One way to reflect is to evaluate popular blog posts. I have been taking time to reflect on the year that was and as part of that reflection I have flicked back through the 150 blog posts I have written so far this year and compiled a list of my Top 10.

Creating a process map is a relatively straight forward process but some mistakes can derail the process so avoid these most common pitfalls.

When performing a mistake-proofing analysis on a manufacturing, service or business process, it is of course important to identify every human error possible during each process step.

Lean provides a framework to improve the flow of a process, it is therefore important to create a plan or roadmap describing the improved flow, highlighting changes, and areas for improvement.

The path for your improvement journey consists of the work processes your organization uses to create and transport goods and services to its customers, the map you use for your improvement journey must focus on customer value.

Embarking on your Lean journey by implementing 5S is beneficial for several reasons.

Mistake Proofing is about adding controls to prevent defects, reduce their severity, and detect them if they can occur.

The Seven Basic Tools of Quality is a designation given to a fixed set of graphical techniques identified as being most helpful in troubleshooting issues related to quality.

Leader Standard Work is the system that provides a structure and routine for leaders and drives process definition and daily accountability.

Luckily, there is no shortage of literature on Lean Manufacturing over the last several decades, but there 10 books I recommend on learning Lean.

Empowering employees is the ongoing process of providing the tools, training, resources; encouragement and motivation your workers need to perform at the optimum level.

What were some of your favorite Lean posts from 2016? Any recommendations for next year?


Thanks for your continued readership in 2016. I hope you enjoy the holiday season and go on to achieve Lean success in 2017.

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