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Lean Healthcare – Is It Possible?

Is Lean Healthcare the way forward? It seems that every day, there is another news article about the state of the healthcare system in the United States. Spiraling costs and an aging population are placing a heavy burden that is overwhelming the people and the systems, they use to deliver quality patient care. So the […]

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Lean Enterprise – 10 Step Model

An introduction to the lean enterprise 10 step lean training and implementation model I created the 10 Steps to become a Lean Enterprise training and implementation model as a result of working with different clients over several years. I developed the model after doing my own research into successful lean implementation projects and trying to determine […]

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The Question Is – What is Lean Manufacturing?

Lean manufacturing is a continuous process improvement methodology based on the Toyota Production System (TPS). The basic idea of lean manufacturing is for a company to capitalize on delivering value to their customers by teaching employees to identify and eliminate waste from their work environment. Simply put, a business must focus on utilizing its resources […]

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What is Kanban?

Kanban the important and critical tool Taiichi Ohno developed the pull system and incorporated it in the Toyota Production System (TPS). Since that time, it has become an integral principle in any Lean implementation. The Holy Grail for a Lean Enterprise is to design a business system that is capable of single piece or continuous […]

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What is a Lean Manufacturing Definition?

The lean manufacturing definition explained. How you define lean manufacturing could be vital to your company’s survival. The lean manufacturing definition is a philosophy that was developed into an operating system by Toyota and is now used by multiple manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies all over the world. At Toyota their manufacturing system is known as […]

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Lean Software

What is lean software development? Lean Software Development is a combination of lean manufacturing principles with the software development process. In today’s world this has become one of the fasting growing business fields to incorporate lean principles to drive improvements in their design and development processes, delivery to their customers and their bottom line. So, […]

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Lean Six Sigma does it help or harm? Part 1

In this down economy, companies are jumping onto the Lean Six Sigma bandwagon to improve their performance. Since the introduction of the Toyota Production System (TPS) in the 1950’s, it has been the foundation of continuous process improvement throughout many areas of the manufacturing sector. Toyota Production System is based on the Just in Time […]

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What is Lean Management?

Does lean management actually exist anywhere in the world today? Define Lean Management: I often get asked this question, “What is Lean Management?” I think the reason people ask this is because it is a concept sought after by many organizations but something that is not often seen or experienced, in reality. In other words, […]

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Lean Healthcare! Do Patients Benefit?

What is all the hype about using Lean principles to improve healthcare? We have been hearing a lot of talk lately about the state of healthcare. With an aging population, it is becoming a very expensive process to provide adequate healthcare to all who need it. Once you get past the political rhetoric, there are […]

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