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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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Lean is Safety TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | First, let’s understand the concept of safety. Safety is defined as “relative freedom from danger, risk, or threat of harm, injury, or loss to personnel and/or property, whether caused deliberately or by accident” as per BusinessDictionary.com. So being in a safe situation …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #9: Growing and Developing Leaders TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is part of a series of posts about the 14 Principles of The Toyota Way. Today we look at The Toyota Way principle 9.) Yesterday I discussed how a …Continue reading →

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 →

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How Do We Establish A Standardized Process? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I’ve posted a lot recently about the importance of implementing a standardized process – the ability to audit and measure, the ease of implementing improvements across the board, establishment of …Continue reading →

Standardized Work – Speed vs. Consistency TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It’s safe to say that it’s ideal to have processes move as fast and consistently as possible. Speed and consistency are two big contributing factors toward productivity and efficiency. But …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 →

Golf Lessons and Being Open to Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Just like last year, I was inspired to play golf more frequently after watching The Masters this April. While I haven’t frequently gotten to the course or the range, I …Continue reading →

Defective Product and Making a Wrong Turn TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | To continue the unintentional theme of cars as metaphors for lean… I equate the creation of defective products and services to making a wrong turn and getting lost while driving. …Continue reading →

The 14 Principles from The Toyota Way TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | When I first started the Lean Blitz blog, I jumped right into the Lean wastes and initial discussion of the Lean tools. Looking back, what I should have done was …Continue reading →

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