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Quality Control Technique: Trimming Down with Lean Processes

Lean processes are the latest diet craze in the world of quality control! Lean is a quality control technique you can use to identify and eliminate the flab in your company's processes. The [more…]

The Kaizen Project PDCA, or PDSA, Cycle of Lean

The term Kaizen is derived from two Japanese characters; kai, meaning “change” and zen meaning “continuous improvement.” Eliminating waste in the value stream is the goal of [more…]

The Key Principles of Lean Six Sigma

Lean Six Sigma is a powerful, proven method of improving business efficiency and effectiveness. In a nutshell, here are the key principles of Lean Six Sigma to bear in mind: [more…]

Using DMAIC in Lean Six Sigma

To undertake improvement activity in your business processes in a systematic way using Lean Six Sigma, you need to employ the useful framework of DMAIC: [more…]

Understanding Value with Lean Six Sigma

When you’re trying to improve value for your customers with Lean Six Sigma, remember that in your customers’ eyes, value is what they’re willing to pay for: [more…]

Tackling Waste with Lean Six Sigma

You can improve process flow in a number of ways using Lean Six Sigma, including by reducing waste. The seven categories of waste are sometimes identified by the acronym Tim Wood: [more…]

Behaviors of a Lean Leader

Lean leaders effectively exhibit the following behaviors every day. They know how the business serves the customer by [more…]

Leading a Lean Organization

To create a sustaining Lean organization, you lead differently. Lean leaders lead from gemba, where the action happens. They know the only way to truly understand what is happening is to go to the place [more…]

Defining Waste in the Lean System

Waste comes in three main forms: [more…]

What is Lean?

Lean is a customer-centric methodology used to continuously improve any process through the elimination of waste in everything you do; it is based on the ideas of “Continuous Incremental Improvement” and [more…]

Using Lean to Define and Improve the Value Stream

The value stream includes all of the activities, materials, people, and information that must flow and come together to provide your customer the value they want, when they want it and how they want it [more…]

Why Money Matters to Business Efficiency

Money matters as much as time to your business or organization's efficiency. So many people (and organizations) sign up for recurring services and then forget about them — never noticing the small credit [more…]

Measure Business Efficiency Where You Are Now

You can’t improve efficiency in your business or organization if you don’t know where you stand currently. Without a starting point, you have no official idea whether the changes you implement in hopes [more…]

How to Identify Inefficiencies in Your Business

A great starting place for identifying inefficiencies in your business is to take baseline measurements across your organization, which you can then use like a road map to your inefficiencies. Working [more…]

Consider the Impact of Potential Business Efficiency Solutions

It’s easy to assume you know which solution to use to address a given inefficiency problem in your business or organization, but you know what they say about assuming. A responsible efficiency-enhancing [more…]

How to Set Clear Business Efficiency Goals

The first step in addressing business efficiency is to get an idea of the issues you want to address, and then you have to state what sort of improvement you’re seeking. [more…]

How to Execute A New Business Efficiency Plan

You need to follow the steps of any business efficiency plan in order to implement change, but you also need to compose a comprehensive execution plan, before you go about implementing changes. Execution [more…]

Why Bother Measuring Your Business Efficiency?

The importance of measuring your business efficiency in ways beyond mere dollars in and dollars out cannot be overstated. In fact, Harvard Business School’s Robert Kaplan and David Norton developed the [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measure Dollars In and Dollars Out

Increasing income while decreasing expenses is what people usually think of when they hear “business efficiency,” although it’s never quite that simple. When you’re measuring financial milestones, always [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measure Sentiment in the Workplace

Sentiment analysis is one of the trickiest metrics to measure, but it has far-reaching implications for business efficiency. If your customers aren’t happy, that’s usually a sign of room for improvement [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measure Speed

Time is an often overlooked resource in business efficiency, but in many ways, it’s the most valuable one. Even if you had the money to pay every employee to work 100 hours a week, you won’t generally [more…]

Business Efficiency: Do A Competitive Analysis

Measuring how you stack up against the competition and within the marketplace can unearth potential inefficiencies in every aspect of your business. For example, if your competitors are able to sell the [more…]

Business Efficiency: Measurement System Analysis

Measuring the wrong data when you are looking at business efficiency defeats the whole point. Measurement System Analysis (MSA) keeps your measurements honest, accurate, and expected. [more…]

How to Store Business Data

When you plan a business efficiency project, you need to know what you’d like to measure and how you’d like to go about measuring it — but where does all that data go, exactly? Depending on your business [more…]

Should I Archive Business Data?

Any good business efficiency project plan will involve measuring and storing data. Do you need to invest in archiving data? Although it’s certainly possible to convert just about any existing files, whether [more…]

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