1 Feb 2021

Lean Accounting – One Day Close

2021-09-16T10:42:59-04:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Lean Accounting, Lean Learning, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , |

Imagine applying lean principles to the most common batch-process in most offices; the monthly financial close. Many companies take days or weeks to close their accounting books and prepare financial statements every single month. While it may seem like lean principles could never be meaningfully applied to such a quantitative and seemingly foundational business process that couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, many lean organizations reduce their month-end closing activities to a single day, while maintaining accuracy and significantly improving the efficiency of their closing process.

17 Aug 2020

Kaizen Post Event Weeks

2021-04-22T09:27:53-04:00August 17th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

A common misconception is that the kaizen event ends with the actual event. Many find it a surprise that there are post-event activities following a kaizen event that is necessary to ensure the kaizen event’s success. In fact, the two to three weeks following the event week are designated for post-event activities meant to serve that exact purpose.

10 Aug 2020

Kaizen Event Week

2021-04-22T09:27:04-04:00August 10th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Facilitating a successful kaizen event requires a sound plan and reasonable expectations. That way we can keep our team on task and be ready to recognize and address challenges as they arise. To assist in these efforts, the following is a recommended schedule for ensuring kaizen event week success.

3 Aug 2020

Kaizen Event Preparation

2021-04-22T09:30:35-04:00August 3rd, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , |

Just like any event, adequate preparation is a key factor in kaizen event success. Always be sure to allocate sufficient time to prepare for your kaizen event. That said, it’s best to plan kaizen preparation in addition to your actual kaizen event. Our first tool in this effort is a kaizen timeline...

22 Jun 2020

Electronic Kanban (eKanban)

2020-06-28T22:44:16-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , |

The subject of electronic kanban (eKanban) often triggers deeply polarizing responses in managers. Some people intuitively perceive huge advantages of the concept while others are vehemently opposed to the concept. That said, it's vital for us to define what we mean and don’t mean by eKanban before we proceed…

22 Jun 2020

7 Lean Wastes – Transportation

2020-06-18T20:53:32-04:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , , |

By definition this is the movement of materials that adds no value to the product. In most cases, transportation waste is thought of as normal in a manufacturing environment. However, it is also evident in an office environment. For example, walking around to get signatures on docu