Strategy Maps & Hoshin Planning

Strategy Maps and Hoshin Planning

Strategic plans are often developed in isolation and rarely aligned across an organization. As a result, the organization's strategy and strategic objectives are not well defined, are not well communicated and do not impact day-to-day decision making.

Strategy Maps and Hoshin Kanri (or Hoshin Planning) provide an organization with simple and effective methods and tools to develop, communicate and align its business objectives, strategic initiatives, operating plans, targets and goals.

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How to develop a Supply Chain Strategy.

How to develop a Supply Chain Strategy

This article provides operations and supply chain professionals with a framework for developing an integrated supply chain strategy for their organization.

For more details about different methods and tools an organization can utilize during the strategy development and deployment process, please check out our “Strategy Planning and Deployment” training material.

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How to measure Supply Chain Performance?

How to measure Supply Chain Performance

While many organizations are well on their way to Operational Excellence, at least with respect to their Supply Chain, using Strategy Deployment, Balanced Scorecards and Lean Six Sigma, and are enjoying the benefits of shorter response times, lower inventory levels and reduced costs, others are still contemplating how to get started.

One of the reasons for this is the lack of a comprehensive and systematic Supply Chain performance measurement system.

This makes it difficult to establish an operational linkage between potential Lean Six Sigma initiatives and the high-level goals and objectives of the organization as a whole.

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The Global 8D Problem Solving Process

The 8D Problem Solving Process

The 8D (Eight Disciplines) Problem Solving Process is a team oriented and structured problem solving methodology that is mainly used to identify, correct and eliminate recurring problems.

The U.S. government first standardized the 8D Problem Solving Process during the Second World War, referring to it as Military Standard 1520. It was later improved and popularized by the Ford Motor Company in the early ‘90s.

Today, the 8D Problem Solving Process has become a standard in many industries as problem solving, as internal Corrective Action Request (CAR) Process, and as Supplier Corrective Action Request (SCAR) Process.

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Lean 5S Viusal Workplace Organization

5S Visual Workplace Organization

Lean 5S Visual Workplace Organization is a workplace organization methodology to improve productivity, through eliminating waste, and Quality, through reducing variation.

The 5S Visual Workplace Organization methodology also facilitates a structured dialog about standardization which builds a clear understanding, between employees, of how work should be done. This structured approach can be used in a manufacturing, distribution or office environment and in all types of industries.

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Lean Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)

Lean Single Minute Exchange of Die (SMED)

A few weeks ago I was approached by the Owner and CEO of a privately held packaging company.

The company specializes on flexible packaging solutions for the produce packaging industry and generates a high single-digit profit margin from about $70 - 80M in annual revenue. One of the major challenges this organization faced was its high finished goods inventory.

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Lean Kanban Scheduling Systems

Lean Kanban Scheduling Systems

Kanban is a Japanese word that means signboard or signal card. Kanban systems were first introduced by Toyota in the 1950s as a scheduling system to determine what to produce, when to produce it, and how much to produce.

Kanban systems lead to an improved process flow through level-loading, reduced scheduling activities and can result in significant inventory reduction and work-in-process. A Kanban system can be a very simple and effective “tool” to design a process that is scheduled based on actual demand.

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The Six Mistake-Proofing Principles

The Six Mistake-Proofing Principles

Mistake-Proofing is a simple and effective method to prevent defects from occurring in an organization’s manufacturing, service or business process.

This article describes the six mistake-proofing principles to design both product and processes so that mistakes are impossible to make or, at the least, easy and early to detect and correct.

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The Sixteen Human Error Modes

The Sixteen Human Error Modes

The essence of Mistake-Proofing is to design both products and processes so that human errors or mistakes are impossible to make or, at the least, they are easy and early to detect and correct.

When performing a Mistake-Proofing analysis on a manufacturing, service or business process, it is of course important to identify every human error possible during each process step.

The Human Work Model and the associated Sixteen Human Error Modes described in this article been proven to be very helpful in identifying potential Human Errors when applied properly on every step or activity of a manufacturing, service or business process.

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Lean Six Sigma Kaizen Events

Lean Six Sigma Kaizen Events

Kaizen is commonly known to mean "continuous improvement". The goal of a Kaizen event is process improvement through the elimination of waste and/or reduction of variability.

Kaizen events differ from traditional Lean Six Sigma projects in that the team comes together for intensive project work over a short period of time, usually lasting three to five days. The overall duration of a Kaizen event, including preparation (1-2 weeks) and follow-up (2-3 weeks) is about four to six weeks, compared to the eight to sixteen weeks normally allocated for a traditional Lean Six Sigma project.

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