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Lean Kaizen, Small Steps to Big Change

Originating in Japan’s automotive manufacturing sector, Lean methodology was developed in an effort to increase productivity without incurring costs by minimizing waste.  To make Lean methodology application straightforward, a variety of tools were created to implement this increase in customer value.   These tools included 5S organization, Value Stream Mapping, Focus PDCA, Kanban and Kaizen. Let’s… read more →




Value Stream Mapping Your Way Out of Waste

No one likes waste, but the question is, what the best way to get rid of it?  The answer is Lean, whose fundamental objective is to create maximum value through the elimination of waste.  In essence, finding processes to get things done with less effort, less time, and fewer resources. Originally conceived in post-war Japan… read more →




FOCUS PDCA – A Lean Tool For The Healthcare Industry

With a core objective of maximizing customer value while minimizing waste, Lean management principles are widely used in most industries, and healthcare is no exception. FOCUS PDCA is a Lean tool developed by the Hospital Corporation of America to specifically address the complex challenges the healthcare industry faces from increasing quality demands and continued pricing pressures.  The… read more →




Lean Concepts For Knowledge Workers

The core idea of “Lean” is widely recognized even by those who don’t know the terminology.  The fundamental objective of Lean is to create and maximize value while eliminating waste.  It’s a principle aimed at optimizing the people, resources, efforts, and energy of an organization with the goal of creating maximum value for its customer…. read more →