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Reflecting on our lean healthcare journey
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CASE STUDY – The CEO of a hospital in Johannesburg looks back to the last five years to reflect on a lean healthcare transformation that is creating positive outcomes for patients. Words: Grey Dube, CEO, Leratong Hospital – Johannesburg, South Africa To read our interview with Dr Dube, click here. The South African healthcare industry […]

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What sustainability looks like
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OPINION – The team at Instituto Lean Management in Barcelona comments on recent news from the Catalan healthcare sector and reflects on lean sustainability.   Words: Oriol Cuatrecasas, Cristina Fontcuberta, and Néstor Gavilan – Instituto Lean Management, Barcelona Earlier this week, an article came out on La Vanguardia, Catalonia’s leading newspaper, titled “Rebelión de jefes […]

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Determination pays
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CASE STUDY – This Dutch company awards social benefits to the unemployed. Thanks to lean thinking, they were able to radically transform the service they offer them. Words: Richard van Ooijen and Riegholt Hilbrands, Lean Management Instituut People who find themselves out of work fundamentally need two things: in the short term, they need money […]

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My father is my sensei
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FEATURE – In this intimate account, the author reflects on the role of a lean sensei by looking back at what he’s learned from his own… his father. Words: Michael Ballé, lean author, executive coach and co-founder of Institut Lean France. My father is my sensei. It happened by accident, not by design. Back in […]

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Introducing the Toyota Flow System
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FEATURE – In the age of complexity and disruption, flowing value to customers as quickly as possible is critical. The new Toyota Flow System strives to address this issue.  Words: Nigel Thurlow, Chief of Agile, Toyota Connected; John R. Turner, Ph.D., University of North Texas; Brian Rivera, US Navy. Lean thinking, Agile, UX, Design Thinking… […]

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The synergies you need to succeed
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FEATURE – While at Starbucks, the author learned the importance of collaboration among the key functions of Operations, HR and Finance to advance a lean transformation. Words: Karen Gaudet, Director of Learning, Lean Enterprise Institute Lean thinking teaches that value flows horizontally across departments. On a theoretical level, the holistic nature of lean is not […]

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Cancelling the distance
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CASE STUDY – What to do when you operate in a competitive market and are located in a remote corner of Europe, thousands of miles from your customer? One word: lean. PART 1 Words: José Ignacio Garcia Cornejo, Head of Production, Deutz Spain – Zafra, Extremadura Open Google Maps, and you will immediately be struck […]

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Kaizen in Africa: a trip to Tunisia
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NEWS – The Chairman of the LGN institute in South Africa reports from a kaizen conference in Tunisia and reflects on the role of 5S in supporting improvement on the continent. Words: Norman Faull, Chairman, Lean Institute Africa “It is impossible to overestimate the importance of 5S,” said to me the CEO of a major […]

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A Norwegian lean epic
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CASE STUDY – Thousands of kaizens, a relentless focus on learning and the determination to continuously improve have made of this Norwegian company something of a lean epic tale. Words: Eivind Reke, Organizational Secretary, Los Norge and Daryl Powell, Adjunct Professor at NTNU and Lean Program Manager Kongsberg Maritime AS. Once upon a time, in […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Just Make the Problem Go Away
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Your production line may have different workloads for different product variants. This unevenness causes waste and overburden. In this series of posts I will look at ways to address this unevenness. The first post was an introduction to the topic. This second post will look at ways to simply eliminate the problem – although this […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Adjust Capacity
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Production lines with a product mix may have different workloads at different stations for different products. This can cause waste. In this third post in the series I will look at options on how to adjust the available capacity to ease this problem. In my next post I will look at Mixed Model Sequencing to […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Basic Example Introduction
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Your products may have different work content on your production line, which may make your line less efficient. One possible solution is Mixed Model Sequencing, a way to adjust the sequencing of your products to make the average work content stable. In previous posts I looked at the basics, at how to avoid the problem […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Basic Example Workload and Buffering
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Adjusting the production sequence is a popular way of handling production lines with a product-dependent workload. This post is part of rather long series on Mixed Model Sequencing. In the last post I discussed the basics of sequencing and the calculation of the takt time. This post describes the basics of adjusting workload and buffering […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Basic Example Sequencing
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Mixed Model Sequencing is one way to handle products that have different workloads on a production line. In this post I continue to describe the basics if there is only one station where products vary in workload. This is part of a (rather long) series of posts on product-dependent workload.  In my next posts I […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Complex Example Introduction
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In this rather long series of posts on Mixed Model Sequencing to handle product-dependent workload, we are finally getting to the most complex part: Sequencing of products when multiple stations have product-dependent workloads. Read on: How To Address Multiple Workload Imbalances In the following I will describe an approach on how to create a sequence […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Complex Example Data Basis
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Having a product mix with different workloads at different stations is challenging. Hence this is getting to be a pretty long series of blog posts on Mixed Model Sequencing. Let’s continue: Get the Quantities to Be Produced The next step is a smaller one. You need to figure out the quantities that have to be […]

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Mixed Model Sequencing – Complex Example Sequencing 1
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Sequencing products due to different workloads of different products at different workstations is tricky. This is now the sixth post on Mixed Model Sequencing, and we finally start with our sequence! Wohooo! Sequence the First Product The first product to be sequenced is usually easy; it is the biggest rock you have (i.e., the part […]

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Takt Time On Unsteady Work
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How do you match your flow rate to your customer demand rate when you are executing unsteady or unpredictable work? Is it even possible? The answer is yes. Watch my video and learn how to use this lean method and eliminate waste. The post Takt Time On Unsteady Work appeared first on JFlinch.

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