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The Lean Leadership Training Series: A Complete Guide to Principles


This is the essence of lean leadership and a lean culture. Lean teaches us that successful organizations are principle-based , instead of tool-based. Covering everything from communication and engagement to functional knowledge, this series is designed as a practical, lean leadership training tool for professionals to: Read each lesson. Let's get started!

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Grasping Lean

Lean Insider

A very handy new book was published last month called The Lean Anthology: A Practical Primer in Continual Improvement , authored by Rebecca Goldberg and Elliott N. Weiss , and it provides simple case studies of people observing and integrating the principles of Lean into their personal and professional lives. I had a chance to discuss the book with Rebecca and asked her: "Which aspect of a Lean initiative is usually the toughest to grasp by those without an operations management background?" Weiss lean culture Rebecca Goldberg The Lean Anthology Elliott N.

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5 Lean Best Practices for the Warehouse

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There is a reason why Lean methodologies are considered a “continuous” process improvement. The principles driving “lean” data governance suggest data should be input once, and then recalled autonomously as an embedded part of as many processes as possible. Even if a Lean program has been implanted, the opportunity to find new areas for operational improvement likely still exists.

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Building the Layers of Lean Construction


Kirk Paluska, General Manager and Owner of DUCTCO LLC, is a lean guy at heart. As lean consultant in his former life, Kirk has experienced lean thinking transform organizations from waste-ridden and varied to efficient and stable. Using his lean background, Kirk is transforming his commercial contracting company in the midst of an industry where lean thinking can be rare.

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Understanding Yard Management Systems

Yard Management Systems. guide to better understanding the market, the software and the benefits. WHITE PAPER. Gregory Braun Senior. Vice-President C3. Solutions Inc. Marc Wulfraat President. MWPVL International Inc. October 2015 &. 2. In brief. This whitepaper’s objective is to help industry professionals. understand the basics of yard management and appointment. scheduling systems. technology.

Lean Drives Innovation at Goodyear

Lean Insider

I often hear the fear from right-brained functions, staff, and executives that Lean kills creativity. In the watershed book titled Lean-Driven Innovation: Powering Product Development at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company , author Norbert Majerus proves it doesn’t need to be that way. Norbert’s book describes how Lean expanded innovation capabilities and capacity at Goodyear, and, more important, led to competitive advantages and powerful business results. When I was selected to get Goodyear’s Lean R&D effort underway, I had little knowledge of Lean.

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Applying Lean Principles to Warehouse Management

Manufacturing Transformation

My proposal: take a few tips from the world of Lean manufacturing, and apply them to our world of warehouse management. Here are a few tips that might help you with your Lean “journey” to lower warehouse costs and increase profits. Lean Material Logistics Warehouse Management System WMS Lean manufacturing manufacturing intelligence RFID Embrace the Technology.

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Raising the Lean Bar in Construction


Lean Leadership supply chain insights"Overall, the construction industry collectively struggles with managing the supply chain. We experience a lack of consistency in each client project, each introducing many new hurdles to overcome. As Senior Project Manager for DPR Construction, a leading general contractor with offices all over the U.S.,

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How LEAN can improve Healthcare Logistics

Ryder Exchange

Think LEAN. One solution is to introduce a LEAN culture into their business practices. LEAN culture reduces waste, improves efficiencies, and heightens customer service. With the ACA mandating improved patient care, LEAN’s ability to improve customer service can translate to a heightened patient experience. Healthcare & Medical Lean Guiding Principles Supply Chain

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Understanding Lean and the 8 Wastes

The Logistics of Logistics

Understanding lean and the 8 wastes is important for all operations people including logistics and supply chain folks. The concept of lean (and the 8 wastes) originated in the manufacturing sector where it was first recognized that eliminating waste in the system led to much bigger profits.  There are a lot of different definitions for lean, but my favorite is below. Lean Defined: “All we are doing is looking at the time line from the moment the customer gives us an order to the point when we collect the cash.  Waiting (time on hand). Excess Inventory.  

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Discover How LEAN Supply Chains Improve Efficiencies, Cut Costs

Ryder Exchange

There’s a simple mantra i n LEAN supply chain management : If it doesn’t add value, it’s eliminated. Today, from warehouses and distribution centers, to finance departments, customer service centers and other departments and divisions, countless companies and industries employ LEAN in their supply chain operations. Lean Guiding Principles Supply Chain LEAN Supply Chain

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: The Way to Build Trust and Performance with Your Team


In this weekly blog series, explore our practical principles that will lay the groundwork for your lean leadership training journey. You'll strengthen your lean leadership skills by: Reading each lesson every week. lean culture is a learning culture, and as leaders it is our responsibility to support our team members in taking advantage of those learning opportunities.

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A Lean Approach to Management

Manufacturing Transformation

Manufacturing enterprises have invested heavily in Lean practices for many years, wringing the inefficiencies out of every operation in the production process. But there is one area in the Lean revolution that often is not considered—not because it doesn’t matter, but because it has been so difficult to deliver a solution. Applying a Lean Approach to Management.

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Leaning on Smart Manufacturing

Bastian Solutions

For instance, the Lean Manufacturing movement. Read: Leaning on Smart Manufacturing. The post Leaning on Smart Manufacturing appeared first on The Material Handling Blog. Industrial Robotics Manufacturing Industrial robots Lean manufacturing Smart Manufacturing

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Case Study: VIBCO’s Lean Transformation Journey

Manufacturing Transformation

understands that Lean and manufacturing excellence is an authentic part of our brand – it’s the VIBCO Way! This is really where true Lean Manufacturing/TPS programs get it right. He was the catalyst that changed VIBCO’s destiny and continues to inspire our Lean manufacturing journey today, with the true purpose of customer voice. VIBCO was founded in 1962 by Theodore S.

C-Suite Lean Leadership: Motivating People for the Next Frontier


As the CEO and President of Gemini Duplication, a provider of subpoena, copy, and online record management services, Mora is leveraging lean leadership to bring his company into the next frontier of its industry through teamwork, collaboration, advancement, and constant improvement – all in the midst of a challenging and changing industry. Lean Leadership supply chain insights

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Can Lean Manufacturing Transform the Mining Industry?

Manufacturing Transformation

As the global mining industry pushes deeper and ranges farther for vital minerals, its leading firms are just beginning to adopt “lean” techniques – common for decades in manufacturing industries – for mining greater value from their operations. Lean principles also require different functions within an organization to cooperate and coordinate seamlessly. An Auto Exec Tackles Mining.

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Lean Leadership Training Series: Why It's Easier to Succeed with a Customer Orientation


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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Taking Lean to the Supply Chain

Manufacturing Transformation

Most large manufacturers today have established Lean or Six Sigma programs for their own operations. The benefits of a Lean supply chain might be a good thing – or might not, depending upon your perspective. Pundit Perspective. A new report from Gartner, “Transform Your Supply Chain to Become Demand-Driven,” cautions that creating a Lean supply chain is a journey, and won’t be easy.

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What Can Lean Do for the Banking Industry?

Lean Insider

The banking industry comprises many accounting, regulatory, process, and management challenges, and because its customer-satisfaction and efficiency rates are ripe for improvement, many feel Lean improvement initiatives can transform these financial institutions. book published just this month titled Lean for Banks: Improving Quality, Productivity, and Morale in Financial Offices , authored by Bohdan Oppenheim and Marek Felbur ,shows how Lean and Six Sigma can significantly improve the efficiency of bank operations. Fortunately, an excellent solution exists: Lean Thinking.

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Lean Management Part 2: Continuous Improvement

Manufacturing Transformation

In my last blog post , I wrote about how visibility into real-time manufacturing intelligence can let management improve and enhance Lean programs. Better, faster access to information allows management to act with greater efficiency, which contributes to improved Lean performance. Suppose, for example, that a particular Lean production initiative was being deployed globally.

Five Tips for a LEAN Refresher for the Retail Season

Ryder Exchange

A retail customer recently wondered whether his organization needed to review its LEAN warehouse and distribution strategy for the coming back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons. For contingent workers, review resource planning, capacity needs and your LEAN overview with the temp service provider. After all, systems were in place and all seemed to be running smoothly. Labor needs.

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Lean Labor Management & Reward-based Pay: Savings & Successes

Ryder Exchange

This is the first of a three-part series on the benefits of harnessing Lean Labor Management and pay-for-performance programs to incent employees and ignite productivity from within. steps to ramp up productivity and save money with Lean Labor Management. Lean harnesses the power of an organization’s most valuable resource: its workforce. Set up a positive feedback loop.

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How manufacturing employers are getting lean

Supply Chain 24/7

Comprehensive survey illustrates trends in utilization of lean programs and pay rates for lean champions

C-Suite Spotlight Series: What is Zero Based Budgeting and What Does It Mean For Your Supply Chain?


Lean Leadership supply chain advancement supply chain insights supply chain consulting"In manufacturing, zero-based budgeting doesn't just look at materials, but it challenges all the services and functions that are performed by the company.". We interviewed Charles about zero-based budgeting and how it's affecting supply chain.

Lean Inventory: Using Lean Initiatives To Manage Inventory

Freight Management

What is Lean Inventory Management? More firms are implementing lean inventory management techniques to reduce costs, improve flexibility and have more time to focus on their customers. Lean supply chain and inventory management enable Small Medium Businesses (SMB) to improve efficiency and increase profits. What is Lean Inventory Management? Supply Chain lean inventory

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When is Inventory Too “Lean”? Finding the Right Balance


I learned about “lean manufacturing” (or simply “lean”) back in the 1990s when I met James Womack and read his book “ The Machine that Changed the World ”. Based on MIT's five-year, fourteen-country study – one of the largest and most thorough ever undertaken -- the book describes the entire managerial system of lean production. The A.T. Not size zero, but rather size right."

Three Ways Leaders Create Lean

Supply Chain 24/7

"Relentless" leadership and team empowerment drive lean change

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Do Lean and Six Sigma have a place in tomorrow’s supply chain?

The Network Effect

Before I answer the title question, let’s have a quick refresher on what exactly Lean and Six Sigma are. Lean , on the other hand, analyzes process flow and related outputs, including waste. Lean is all about introducing Straight Through Processing coupled with flexibility where required across processes. The term most commonly used today is “Lean Six Sigma”.

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Recognizing a need to extend its lean manufacturing program in o rder to tackle problem areas in the warehouse, the motor company partnered with LeanCor to optimize material flow and reduce production time losses due to parts shortages. These improvements not only enhanced the warehouse layout and design, but were aligned with the motor company’s lean manufacturing goals.

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How Lean is your Warehouse?


4 Ways to Improve upon your Lean Dedicated Warehouse. The summer is coming to an end – and so is our Summer Webinar series , It’s been a great couple of weeks talking with fellow lean thinkers, colleagues and partners in the supply chain and logistics industry who are all dedicated to the lean principles. By: Susie Sterling – Director, Supply Chain Solutions.

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The Lean Leadership Training Series: What is Content-Based Leadership and Why Should You Have It?


Lean Leadership supply chain insightsA successful organization starts with leadership -- and that leadership is only as strong as the principles it stands upon. As leaders and as organizations, we need to establish and align around principles that guide how we lead, support, and grow our teams.

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Lean Manufacturing Systems: How Mobility Empowers the New “Lean”

Freight Management

The use of lean manufacturing systems has become commonplace in modern manufacturing. Lean manufacturing refers to eliminating waste, reducing costs, and improving production with finite resources. As a result, many manufacturers have deployed extensive process review and analysis programs to move towards a higher level of lean manufacturing. Trends come and go. What’s Next?

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Can Lean Be Green?

Lean Insider

On May 19, at the upcoming Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE) annual conference in Puerto Rico, Keivan Zokaei will introduce his latest book, Creating a Lean and Green Business System: Techniques for Improving Profits and Sustainability , which he co-authored with L. recently spoke with Keivan about his book, and I asked him: "Why should companies bother incorporating sustainability and ''green'' aspects into their Lean initiatives? By the same token, going “lean and green” is free – and in fact much cheaper. Hunter Lovins , Andy Wood, and Peter Hines.

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How to Sustain a Lean Culture in Manufacturing & Supply Chain

Freight Management

Today I will discuss how a company can sustain a lean culture once they have implemented lean practices in order to achieve continuous improvement. Your company has started the lean journey, but how do you sustain it? I use a method I call managing for daily improvement or MDI. How can we Continuously Improve Daily and Sustain a Lean Culture and Behavior? From: [link].

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Lean Training


Does lean training turn your team to problem solvers? In an introductory lean workshop last week in t he Silicon Valley, one of my participants asked me: “You have seen a lot of lean transformations in your career –what is the one thing that turns someone from a lean skeptic to a lean believer and lean problem solver? Can lean training alone do the trick?”. What is the secret to lean transformation? The most important thing for a lean leader to understand is that there is no magic pill, no instant solution. Great question.

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26 Best Practices in Lean Warehousing


Many people may think the term “lean warehousing” is an oxymoron. Let’s face it, most lean purists believe that all transportation and warehousing functions are pure waste. Many The fact is, particularly with the growth of the global supply chain and extended lead times, lean warehousing is necessary and plays a critical role and must be integrated into the entire supply chain.

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Medical Surgical Supplier McKesson Goes Lean


inventory lean manufacturing ekanban supplier kanban Supplier Collaboration pull six sigma supply chain visibilityMcKesson, the leading pharmaceutical distributor providing medical supplies and healthcare IT and driving more than $120 billion in annual sales, engaged with Ultriva by Upland to perform an onsite diagnostic visit to evaluate McKesson's supply chain "vital signs.”

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LEAN: 5 Keys to a Healthy Medical Supply Chain

Ryder Exchange

Ryder’s new whitepaper “ Eliminating Waste in Health Care Supply Chains ,” examines how LEAN processes can transform medical supply chains to reduce costs. According to an Industry Week article, medical supply chains that have implemented LEAN processes have cut costs by more than 20% in the first year. For example, the H.

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