Yokoten is a Japanese term that translates to sharing improvement ideas throughout an organization. Other terms include “Transfer Opportunities” and “Best Practice Sharing” although Yokoten includes sharing the failures as well. The idea is that it’s not enough to improve a process. It’s important to let others know what you’ve learned so that they can benefit. For a better understanding

Kamishibai Board is Japanese for “Storyboard.” Kamishibai Boards were developed within the Toyota Production System (TPS) as a visual audit a system to ensure the process was being properly followed. Cards are placed on the board and randomly selected based on a management timetable. By seeing the “story” of the process, this Visual Management provides a way to observe and

Heijunka is a Japanese term that means “levelling” and refers to the smoothing of manufacturing production in the face of fluctuating demand. The method was developed as part of the Toyota Production System as a way to react to demand changes without overburdening production. Instead of over-producing products in batches, the method responds directly to consumer demand. For a better

We’re proud to announce that is sponsoring Guild Mortgage’s Third Annual Charity Golf Tournament! The Charity Golf Tournament is hosted by the Guild Giving Foundation. Its mission is to open doors to new opportunities by encouraging volunteerism, supporting financial literacy, delivering on Guild Mortgage’s commitment to provide shelter and inspiring positive change. All contributions made to the event will is excited to announce that you can now earn CPE (Continuing Professional Education) credits by completing your Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training & Certification! Our self-paced Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Training is a great way for CPAs to earn CPEs and maintain their professional credentials in a low cost, convenient way. This process improvement course will help

Brevard County is a local government that has been implementing Lean Six Sigma since October 2015. From the start of their journey, team members of the county have been working together to improve customer experience and operational processes to positively impact the experience of their customers—both internal and external. Katherine Wall, Special Projects Coordinator for the County Manager’s Office, has

summary Summary Template What is the Opportunity Pipeline? The Opportunity Pipeline captures potential improvement efforts whether they are simple Quick Wins, stand-alone 5S efforts or full-fledged DMAIC projects. The pipeline provides a way to capture, categorize and assign accountability for improvement opportunities. The template captures a running list of opportunities along with whether they would impact efforts such as reduction of Lead Time, margin improvement or

summary Summary Template What is a Monitoring Plan Map? The Monitoring Plan Map includes a high-level Swimlane Map of the improved process. This map highlights the steps in the process that require ongoing tracking in the Control Phase. There should be a mix of Input, Process and Output Measures that are reflecting in the Monitoring & Response Plan. To learn

We’re proud to announce that was recently featured on’s articles, “Top 20 Lean Manufacturing Blogs, News Websites & Newsletters in 2019,” and “Top 15 Six Sigma Blogs, News Websites & Newsletters in 2019.” Thank you to all of our wonderful learners for making us your dedicated source of knowledge for all things Lean Six Sigma. We can’t wait

  KushCo Holdings, Inc., the parent company of many industry leaders such as Kush Supply Co., Kush Energy, The Hybrid Creative, and Koleto Innovations, all of which provide a wide range of services and products for various industries (geared mostly toward the regulated cannabis and CBD industries), recently reported their financial results for its first fiscal quarter of 2019. What

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