What Else Can Lean Implementation Save You? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s been written extensively in this space that by reducing the lean process wastes through applying the lean tools you can streamline your operations and make better use of your scarce …Continue reading →

If You Don’t Have Standardized Processes You’re Wasting Money – Part II TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | As indicated in the first post about wasting money by not having standardized work, we now provide an example using a situation commonly found in stadium concession stands. First, let’s …Continue reading →

If You Don’t Have Standardized Processes You’re Wasting Money TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | That’s a very bold proclamation, but it’s true. It applies to every type of process – manufacturing toys, cooking burgers, coding medical charts, delivering mail, checking a customer out at …Continue reading →

Defects and Excess Motion at a Sandwich Shop TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | This past weekend I visited Edisto Beach in South Carolina. (If you’ve never been, it’s lovely and relatively quiet.) After hitting the driving range just off the main drag on …Continue reading →

Football Production Process – How Much Waste Is There? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | To continue the series of posts on how sports equipment is made (see baseballs and bats as well) here’s the video from SBNation on Wilson’s production process for NFL footballs. …Continue reading →

NFL Draft – Player Names on Jerseys TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Thursday night featured the first round of the NFL Draft in New York. One of the most notable things about the prime time coverage of the draft was the players …Continue reading →

Production of Baseball Bats – From Forest to Field TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As a follow-up to the video about the production process for baseballs, Mark Graban of LeanBlog.org passed along this ESPN video about how baseball bats are made. Forest to Field …Continue reading →

So What Is Lean Anyway? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We should step back and start from the beginning. Lean Blitz has already looked at the lean wastes, started to review some of the lean tools, and touched on the …Continue reading →

The #Masters: Masters Concessions and Concessions Stands TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the final post on the observed business operations of the 2012 Masters at Augusta National Golf Club.) I am absolutely infatuated with the speed at which customers are …Continue reading →

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Manufacturing Process of Baseballs TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | This is a great video on the baseball manufacturing process. So how many wasteful activities did you spot in the process? Here are some things I saw (obviously not comprehensive): …Continue reading →

Tommy John and Repairing-vs-Prevention TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Let’s say you just purchased a very expensive machine for your process. On average, these machines have a productive life of about fifteen years but the one you buy has …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: 5S and How Sort is Half the Battle TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Remember those G.I. Joe cartoons from the 80’s where at the end of each episode one of the Joes would teach us a life lesson (about nutrition, honesty, school, etc.)? …Continue reading →

Lean Tools: 5S Will Revolutionize Your Workspace (Or Your Money Back) TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the first in a series of posts about the lean tools.) So now we know about the lean wastes and how they are the enemy of productivity and …Continue reading →

How a Pop-Top Can Lid is Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So as I was perusing Twitter, this tweet came along from Carrie Wilkerson, the Barefoot Executive (author, host, and blogger): I can relate – my semi-typical breakfast is a can of …Continue reading →

Cold Calling: The Pursuit of Happyness TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In this scene from The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) demonstrates how reducing some wasteful activities in the office can make a big impact in productivity. …Continue reading →

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