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Value Stream Mapping Template

Value Stream Mapping is one of the most used tools in Lean manufacturing to map the flow of your process.

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5S Audit Templates

One of the most important part of a sustainable 5S culture is the 5S mini audit (for Su

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D2MAIC projects (3/3): Improve & Control

This is the third article in the series about the D2MAIC project structure.

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D2MAIC projects (1/3): Discovery & Define

Projects are an important part of every lean program.

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The four levels of Lean Maturity

As a real lean enthusiast, I am stunned how many people introduce lean tools in their processes without success.

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Lean Transformations - T.Panneman (summary)

In Lean Transformations, Thijs Panneman describes the crucial steps of different lean tools, so that they di

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Leading With Lean - P.Holt (summary)

In his book, Leading With Lean, Philip Holt describes the role of leaders in any organization in transformin

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Lean Audit - J.Muenzing (summary)

In his book Lean Audit, Joerg Muenzing describes how an effective Lean Audit can help assess the maturity of

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D2MAIC projects (2/3): Measure & Analyse

This is the second article on D2MAIC projects.

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Design for Operational Excellence - K.J.Duggan (summary)

In his book Design For Operational Excellence (Duggan, 2012), Kevin J.

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Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED)

Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) is a tool developed by Shingo to reduce change over times on machines.

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The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership - J.F.Liker & G.L.Gavis (summary)

In their book The Toyota Way to Lean Leadership, Jeffrey Liker and Gary Convis describe 4 stages of Leadersh

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The Lean Start-up - E.Ries (summary)

In ‘the Lean Start-Up’, Eric Ries describes the challenges of starting a new business, and how the lean philosophy ca

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Creating a Lean R&D System - T.M.Barnhart (summary)

In his book, creating a Lean R&D system, Terence Barnhart describes how the lean philosophy can be trans

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Project Value Stream Mapping

Value stream mapping is the tool that is used to improve process flow.

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A3 Thinking

The A3 is a tool that is used within Toyota as management tool (Shook, 2008).

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Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise - T.L.Jackson (summary)

In his book Hoshin Kanri for the lean enterprise, Thomas Jackson describes Toyota´s model for Policy deployment: hosh

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The Toyota Product Development System - J.M.Morgan & J.K.Liker (summary)

In the Toyota Production Development System, James M. Morgan and Jeffrey K.

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Office Kaizen - W.Lareau (summary)

In his book Office Kaizen, William Lareau describes a lean model which helps eliminating waste in an office

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8 Steps of Future State VSM design

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is one of the most important lean tools, used to improve the flow of materials and informa

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Takt-, Cycle-, Process-, and Lead time

Lean distinguishes itself form other methods by focusing mainly on time.

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Nonviolent Communication - M.Rosenberg (summary)

In Nonviolent communication, Marshall Rosenberg describes a way of communicating with empathy and focus on p

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Practical Problem Solving (3C & 5W)

Next to improving the flow of goods and services in a value stream, Lean also focusses on improving the flow of probl

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Leader Standard Work

A Lean organization is driven by its standards.

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Yamazumi

Yamazumi (also known as Balance sheets) is a tool, which’s name could be translated into ´stacking mountain´.

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The Supermarket

The supermarket is one of the three pull strategies that can be implemented as connection bet

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Kanban

Kanban is a Japanese term that can be translated into ´Visual signal´ and is used to visualize production and transpo

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Creating Mixed Model Value Streams - K.J.Duggan (summary)

Creating Mixed model Value Streams, by Kevin J.

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One Piece Flow & U-cells

One-piece flow means products flow form workstation to workstation without waiting and is therefore the most desirabl

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Pull connections - The 3 strategies

A Pull process is a process in which a workstation starts to work on his next order only when there is a fre

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5S in the office

Lean is a culture, a way of thinking, and includes principles and tool that can be applied everywhere: at home, in pr

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