14 Lean Management Principles

A lean organization achieves its goals through the application of time-tested techniques and tools, backed by a firm philosophical foundation of continuous improvement and learning. Behind the lean paradigm are a set of management principles that when consistently applied, result in business success regardless of one’s industry. What is Lean Management? Traditionally, we expect management to be the function that …

How Poka Yoke Improves Safety

Thousands of workers die or get injured on the job in the US each year. Workplace injuries and fatalities are financially and socially  [PDF] costly.  Safety features are at the forefront of most product design. No one wants to be the reason a customer was hurt or killed because of poor quality or a dangerous feature went unnoticed. Rigorous testing …

Heijunka — Production Levelling in Manufacturing

Manufacturing products is not for the faint hearted. The coordination of resources required to convert raw material to the final product can be exhausting on a normal day. To add to this, customer orders may fluctuate from day to day — leaving the plant guessing on what and how much to produce. Wouldn’t it be nice if customer orders were …

10 Ways to Improve Your Office Productivity

A hurried office can be both unproductive and unsafe. If you are too distracted and can’t focus on the content of your work, chances are you are likely to make a good number of critical mistakes. Here are a few tips and tricks you can use to increase your productivity and at the same time make your job easier and …

10 Reasons Why Organizational Change Programs Fail

Change management can sound like a scary endeavor and can cause its own crisis if not implemented properly. Sometimes change is necessary but done properly with the right tools and intentions, can enhance your business and product to be the best it can be. By steering clear of the ten mistakes below, you can give your program an excellent chance …

10 Mistakes Companies Implementing Lean Manufacturing Make

Toyota’s vaunted production system has been around for over 50 years. During that time, they have improved on their quality and productivity — in the process capturing a significant portion of the world auto market. This success has led other companies to try and implement lean manufacturing — in most cases with limited success. Why is this? The short answer …