Lean Management Shop Floor

How to Achieve Lean Buy-in across Your Organization

Society nowadays puts too much emphasis on the importance of being excellent. But, many of us are under too much pressure and some choose to be “mediocre” while others may even feel uncomfortable with the idea of pursuing excellence altogether. When leaders find themselves dealing with this type of thinking in promoting lean within their organization, how should they approach lean buy-in across their organization?

Lean Implementation Team

Lean Implementation is NOT the Goal

Nowadays, all good results obtained in terms of safety, quality, productivity and delivery seems to be linked to lean implementation. Whilst the implementation of lean methodologies has positive potential, there are a large number of companies that fail to establish a lean culture. This article explores the purpose of lean transformation and how it impacts organizations that set out on a lean implementation journey.

Lean Photography

Lean Photography – A Young Professional’s Lean Business Transformation

Lean management and Toyota Production System principles offer excellent and practical process management ideas and tools for anyone who wishes to improve their productivity and operational efficiency. This article presents an inspiring story of a young professional photographer’s lean business transformation and how he has refined his operations through the application of TPS methods to achieve considerable benefits.

The Myriad Benefits of Value Stream Mapping

Japanese manufacturers have been systemically synchronising the value stream processes for decades to target cost reductions, improve quality and reduce lead times to customers. The team at Shinka Management has had a long and close relationship with the best of Japanese manufacturing. Our strong relationships enables us to see and work with high calibre organisations that use forms of value stream mapping to gain a complete understanding of their operations.

Team Leader Toyota

What is the Role of a Team Leader within Toyota?

We all know team leaders play an important role within a manufacturing shop floor in shaping the team’s effectiveness. However, specific roles and responsibilities given to a team leader are often different from company to company. So, how does Toyota approach this? What is the role of a team leader within a Toyota final assembly plant? These very questions are answered by Toyota lean management guru Hyodo-sensei.

Virginia Mason Medical Center

Lean Health Care Interview with Virginia Mason Medical Center

The Virginia Mason Medical Center is based in Seattle, Washington. Since the Virginia Mason leadership’s first visit to Japan in 2002 to seek insights from Japanese manufacturing, the hospital has evolved into a leader in the application of lean principles to health care. Dr Kaplan and Dr Otero, the two key figures behind the Virginia Mason’s successful lean transformation, provide insights that holds lessons for any of us seeking to lead effective transformation and culture change within our own organizations.

Shigeo Shingo Zero Quality Control

Book Review – Zero Quality Control – Shigeo Shingo

Shigeo Shingo is an icon with the early development of SMED (Single Minute Exchange of Die) and Poke-yoke (mistake-proofing), and a key developer of the Toyota Production System. This book by Shingo provides a detailed explanation of Shingo’s “three critical aspects of quality control” and presents many actual examples that show a wide range of applications. A “Must Read” if you are going to have true success with Lean Manufacturing.

Isuzu Lean Factory

Your Lean Factory as a Showroom – Using Lean to Drive Sales

We have again had the pleasure of visiting one of our favourite companies in Japan – and one that clients on our regular Japan study mission continuously rate as a standout experience of their time in Japan. As a lean factory, this company is an excellent example, and the benefits flowing from their lean culture in terms of safety, quality, productivity, shortened lead times and improvement in market share are impressive.