30 elements of value, entrepreneur’s food for thoughts

What is value? What is a customer willing to pay? Since Lean Thinking and Lean principles are around, many organizations strive to bring more value to the customer. But apart from reducing costs what levers do they have to bring more value to theirs customers? The article titled “The Elements of Value” published in the … Continue reading 30 elements of value, entrepreneur’s food for thoughts

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Reflecting on Lean – Lean Confusion by Jill Jusko

Lean confusion is a 3-page article by Jill Jusko, posted on industryweek.com on Aug 13, 2010. Despite the time past, this article is still actual and may well continue to remain that way. This post is friendly recension of mine, having read it long after its publishing (2016 vs. 2010). Jusko’s article starts on the … Continue reading Reflecting on Lean – Lean Confusion by Jill Jusko

Critical Chain Project Management alone is not enough

Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) alone is not enough to drastically reduce a project’s duration and improve the development process efficiency. CCPM is a proven Project Management approach to ensure a project, any project, will meet its finishing date without compromising quality nor any of the requirements, and even though CCPM can lead to terminate … Continue reading Critical Chain Project Management alone is not enough

Critical Chain and Lean Engineering, a promising pair

Critical Chain Project Management (CCPM) has proven its effectiveness to terminate projects on time and even quite often before estimated finish date. In development, engineering or Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), using CCPM can give a significant competitive advantage. It can outperform slower competitors, earn premium for faster achievement and/or allow multiplying projects within similar … Continue reading Critical Chain and Lean Engineering, a promising pair

Be prepared for success!

Some improvements in operations can be so effective that management should better be prepared for success, otherwise it can ultimately turn out as a splendid blunder. This post is a kind of sequel of “Your next bottleneck is elsewhere (and in the future)” and based on a true experience in pharmaceutical industry. The story takes … Continue reading Be prepared for success!

How Lean can help startups – Introduction

This post is an introduction to a series of articles dedicated to Lean and start-ups, more specifically: how Lean can help start-ups. Lean was revealed as “Lean Manufacturing” before spreading to virtually all business sectors and evolve to Lean Management. Lean has long been seen as an approach (approach or philosophy) specific to existing businesses … Continue reading How Lean can help startups – Introduction

5S in hospital

5S are as well an approach, philosophy and methodology to better workplace organization, foundations for efficient and safe work, as well as insuring quality and continuous improvement. They originated in their current form* in industrial workshops in Japan, leading many people to think "this is a production thing". The following video shows a good example … Continue reading 5S in hospital

5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor

Lean guys are not always aware they triggered rejection of their ideas or suggestions themselves, only because of their behavior or their disregarding of some elementary rules. Here is a short list of 5 ways to trigger rejection on shopfloor. 1. Play the sensei A sensei, in lean lingo, is a recognized expert, which in … Continue reading 5 ways Lean guys trigger rejection on shopfloor

How corporate Lean programs spoil golden opportunities

This is the sad and true story of a manufacturing unit of a major manufacturer in his industry. This company has a corporate program to roll out Lean, with permanently appointed staff to support it. The Lean organisation is structured from a corporate level to sites representatives and staff appointed to support departments within the … Continue reading How corporate Lean programs spoil golden opportunities

VSM start on (false) assumption

Value Stream Mapping (VSM) is a great tool, that got really popular and stands as a one of the icons of Lean. In a nutshell, Value Stream Mapping is the schematic description of physical and information flow of a process or a value chain. It helps understanding the current situation and analyzing the causes of … Continue reading VSM start on (false) assumption