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How to Make Lean Work for You -

How to Make Lean Work for You

Lean manufacturing first became known in the late 1970’s as “Kanban” or “Just-in-Time,” and was often considered a distinctly Japanese approach for dealing with suppliers. Its application beyond Japan was doubtful, but over the years we learned that there was much more to what became known as the Toyota Production…

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How do I identify new work groups (departments) who want to implement Lean levers in their process?

There are two main ways to identify groups or departments who want to implement Lean.  In keeping with the Lean philosophy, let’s call them “Push” and “Pull”! Push:  Often, an organization or division will decide to proceed with Lean due to some “burning platform” of need to change, potentially as senior leaders look to improve…
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Lean Six Sigma Glossary -


Push systems refer to processes that rely on forecasting or the practice of creating excess goods and services to maintain a buffer. This method of meeting customer demand can result in unused goods and wasted labor. The goal of Lean Six Sigma is JIT (Just In Time) or Pull system.…

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Pull systems refer to the goal of having units "pulled" through the process at the rate of customer demand. The opposite of a Pull system is a "Push" system in which goods or services are prepared ahead of time potentially resulting in excess inventory or increased waste. JIT (Just In…

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