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Shape Up Your Workflow With 5 Lean Management Metrics

Now that you and your organization are familiar with some of the basic principles of lean management, it’s important to effectively put those principles into action. But how do you ensure your workflow is as lean as it can be? By establishing some metrics to measure and track your workflow, you can be sure that […]

Kanban Board Tip No. 1: How to Set Up a Kanban Board

As we mentioned in our previous post, a kanban board system is a simple way to visualize your workflows and quell the chaos that often clouds projects. The word “kanban” is Japanese for “visual card.” It’s a solution that allows team members to visualize the workflow for a particular project all in one place, including […]

Difference Between Kanban and Jit

There are innumerable tools available these days that proclaim that they can help projects stay on deadline and on budget. And let’s face it — boosting productivity and efficiency are the most effective ways to boost a company’s bottom line. If you’ve spent any time learning about lean management practices, you may have heard this […]

Productivity Tip #5: Just Say No: End Endless Meetings

We all have worked in environments where it seems each day is held hostage by an endless cycle of meetings. According to a report from Bain & Co., up to 15% of a company’s time is spent collectively in meetings each year. And the estimated cost of these unnecessary and relatively useless get-togethers is staggering: […]

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Productivity Tip #4: Take Stock: Checking Your Inventory

When it comes to cutting down on waste, business leaders may find it’s time to take stock — literally. Take some time to examine all your inventories, regardless of whether your company manufactures a product, widget or offers a service. As lean managers are aware, one of the seven deadly sins of waste is an […]

7 Deadly Sins of Production Wastefulness

When it comes to reducing overhead, fewer methods are more effective than eliminating as much waste as possible. A lean, productive machine is also hypothetically more profitable. Many companies may succumb to certain common types of production waste, particularly in the manufacturing world. These types of waste were originally identified by Taichii Ohno to improve […]

Productivity Tip #3: Examine Your Vendor List

When it comes to trimming down waste in a business, one area managers often look to first is their supplier list. Lean leaders can often boost a business’s bottom line simply by re-examining vendor contracts. It’s a good practice to revisit agreements written more than a couple of years ago anyway, but doing some research […]

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White Boards – When Good Ideas Fall Short

In the last couple of decades, the whiteboard has become a ubiquitous corporate office tool. Also known as dry erase boards, they rose to an almost cult status in the 1990s and have now become permanent fixtures in many corporate boardrooms and meeting rooms. In the past, whiteboards have proven to be useful tools when […]

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Productivity Tip #2: Update Your Company’s Technology

There’s nothing more frustrating than dealing with outdated technology. Out-of-date tech can create lag and bottlenecks in an organization’s processes. This is a waste of time and resources. Whether it’s number-crunching software used in payroll or equipment used on the manufacturing floor, old technology can be inefficient and can be a drag on productivity. While […]