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Use of #Lean in Home Theater Installations TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | During a summer in my younger years I was a tag-along for a company that would install home theater systems. We would install big screen televisions on walls, stereos and …Continue reading →

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Lean or Sushi?? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Lean terms regularly applied in Japan don’t always get translated into English when the concepts are used in the United States. Reasons for this include lacking a concise literal translation …Continue reading →

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The Toyota Way Principles and Small Business TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We’ve finally gotten through all 14 Toyota Way principles and what each of them can mean for business operations. But putting them all together can be a challenge, but certainly one …Continue reading →

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A Case for Kanban and Materials Management TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A prominent sports organization in the area (that shall remain nameless) normally uses an outside materials supplier to stock about 200 individual consumable items (paper products, food and drink items, …Continue reading →

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Spike TV’s Bar Rescue and Optimizing Restaurants and Nightclub Operations TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Labor Day! Between baseball games, grilling out, running, and kicking off the college football season I was introduced to a show on Spike TV called Bar Rescue, and I’m …Continue reading →

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Toyota Way Principle #7 – Visual Controls TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |   (This is part of a series of posts examining the 14 principles of The Toyota Way. Today we’re looking at The Toyota Way principle 7 about visual controls.) We’ve …Continue reading →

Restocking Points and Gas Tanks TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | An excellent example of restocking/reorder points (with pull or kanban systems) is your car’s gas tank. Here’s why. There’s a maximum amount of product you can stock – when the …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #4: Level Out the Workload TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the fifth post in a series about the 14 Principles of The Toyota Way.) As previously stated, the ideal process will have implemented continuous flow featuring time-balanced process …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #3: “Pull” Systems TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the fourth post looking at the 14 lean principles of The Toyota Way.) The third lean principle of The Toyota Way is a follow-up to the second lean …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 →

8 Wastes – Waiting TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the third in a series of deeper dives into the 8 lean wastes.) We’ve all seen operators of a concession stand or sales associates on the floor of …Continue reading →

Target Audience – Part Two TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So who else am I targeting as an audience? There are lots of little improvement opportunities and Lean applications that can have a big impact at home. What can each …Continue reading →

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