Value Stream Mapping – a Primer

Value Stream Mapping – a Primer

Value Stream Mapping, or VSM, is a Lean technique used to document, analyze, and improve the flow of information, materials, energy, etc. required to produce a product/service for a customer. Use VSM to help visually document where an area may be having some...

Process Mapping – a quick tutorial

Process Mapping is the basis of Process Improvement – you have to know what your process looks like in order to identify areas for improvement.  So what exactly is process mapping?  It’s easiest to explain it by talking about something we’re all...
7 Helpful Tips for holding a successful Kaizen event

7 Helpful Tips for holding a successful Kaizen event

A Kaizen event (also sometimes called a Kaizen blitz) is a focused short-term project to kick off process improvement; and is used to pull all the “right” people together for a short time period (typically, a week), in order to identify the current...
Use Lean 5S to improve your workplace

Use Lean 5S to improve your workplace

In order to implement Kaizen in the workplace, many organizations start with the Lean 5S methodology (some have expanded it to 6S, which we’ll also talk about in this post briefly).  Kaizen is part of Lean Enterprise, and can easily be applied to the Lean...
What is Kaizen?

What is Kaizen?

What is Kaizen? Kaizen is making small incremental improvements over time in order to affect positive change in an organization. Kaizen is a Japanese term, made up of two characters – Kai (change 改) and Zen (good 善),  so Kaizen (or Kaizan, as it is sometimes...

7 wastes (or 8 wastes) in Lean

What are the 7 wastes in Lean? Lean implementation focuses on eliminating the 7 wastes (now expanded to 8 wastes) as identified in any process.  These are  the wastes of: over-production, waiting, transportation, processing itself, stocks [inventories], motion, and...