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How Lean Strategies Can Help Your Business Thrive

November 12th, 2010

The lean strategy actually concerns an antiquated manufacturing process invented by Toyota.  However, its strategies are very helpful in helping new business owners to focus on priorities and eliminate wasteful processes.  The basic goal of lean strategy is that the company saves the same value but stops the over expenditure of resources. Read More »


Making Improved Procedures Stick

October 6th, 2010

If you’ve had your company assessed for efficiency, you were likely given a lot of recommendations. Implementing them is always a challenge, but you have to make sure that those procedures become a part of your everyday workflow. Oftentimes, the consultants who provide the assessment can also help implement the procedures. You have to make sure that they’re sustained, however, and that is actually part of one of the most effective ways to increase efficiency, the 5Ss. Without a commitment, none of the proven methods of increasing workplace efficiency will work for long. Read More »


Increasing Efficiency with Simplicity

September 29th, 2010

Over-production is a type of waste. It has many different incarnations, but they all end up with a company spending money on something that generates no profit. Oftentimes, there are very small parts of your business flow that generate this waste and they can be tough to identify. In some cases, they may seem so small that their impact on your profitability is disproportionate, at first glance. Objective analysis of a business’s workflow, however, quite often reveals them to have very significant impacts. Read More »


Increasing Efficiency in the Workplace

September 23rd, 2010

Since the Industrial Revolution began, managers have been trying to make their workplaces more efficient. In the era of Taylorism, this often meant reducing the workers to the level of machines, tasking them with repetitive, mind-numbing jobs that gave them no sense of importance or ownership over what they did. Today, the various philosophies of industrial efficiency take into account the human element and, in the process of making the industry more efficient, they also make that industry more conducive to happy workers who understand their importance in the company’s success. Read More »


Implementing the 5Ss

September 16th, 2010

The 5S strategy is a method of making a business more efficient. It deals with surprisingly simple concepts and practices. These concepts and practices, however, have the capacity to make a workplace not only more productive and profitable, but safer and more efficient for employees. This concept was born in Japan, among its leading auto manufacturers. The 5Ss and adhering to them have helped many of those Japanese companies become among the most successful in the world and, in the case of their auto industry, the most successful industries in the world, eventually outpacing the American auto industry. Read More »


What’s Constraining Your Company?

September 11th, 2010

The Theory of Constraints has to do with increasing efficiency at a company. Constraints are anything that prevents your company from working at its maximum level of efficiency. In order to bring this efficiency up to par with the modern business world, you have to first make an objective assessment of all of your processes and identify where those processes could be changed to make the workplace more efficient. This doesn’t mean being a brutal taskmaster with a stopwatch who looks for any and every flaw in their employee’s practices. In fact, it makes work more pleasant for everyone. Read More »


Which Processes are Cutting Your Profits?

September 5th, 2010

Some business processes are entirely wasteful. Despite this, they may endure within a company for many years, even decades, without ever being identified. This may be because they’re part of the company’s traditions or because they are processes that were once efficient but which have since become dated. A consultant, using the most advanced theories of workplace efficiency, can help to identify and eliminate those processes that are making your company less efficient and less profitable. Read More »


Understanding Waste Objectively

August 30th, 2010

One of the biggest challenges in eliminating waste is even identifying it. In Lean Manufacturing theory, waste is any part of your business or manufacturing process that fails to produce something that your customers pay for. Sometimes, indentifying this means singling out parts of your manufacturing process that you may be very attached to. In some cases, procedures ascend to the levels of corporate traditions and, sometimes, these traditions aren’t efficient. Objectively examining such processes means taking a look at them without any preconceived notions or prejudices toward their value or importance to the company. Read More »


Improving Efficiency by Understanding Your Processes

August 20th, 2010

The ultimate goal of any manufacturing process should be to create value. Value is anything your company does that creates something that your customers are willing to pay for. As an example, an employee tightening a bolt on a piece of equipment is generating value. An employee hunting around to find the right wrench to do that job is not generating value and is, therefore, generating waste. The ways that companies can increase the amount of value they generate are surprisingly simple, in many cases, but require work to identify. Read More »


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