Single-Piece-Flow is the concept that products should flow from operation to operation in the smallest increment, with one piece being the ideal. The Single-Piece-Flow emphasizes that batching increases cycle time. The idea is that products should be pulled from the preceding operation as needed which prevents overproduction or excess inventory.

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Tracy O'Rourke

Tracy is a Managing Partner & Executive Advisor at For almost 20 years, she's helped leading organizations like Washington State, Cisco and GE build problem-solving muscles with Lean Six Sigma to achieve their goals.