8 Feb 2021

The Importance of Supply Chain Visibility

2021-02-16T08:24:44-04:00February 8th, 2021|Categories: Risk Mitigation, Supply Chain|Tags: , , |

A key prerequisite of supply chain optimization is real-time supply chain visibility. In the ideal state of the demand-driven supply chain, material flows in a synchronized fashion from one tier to the next, while remaining responsive to variation. Visibility’s power is in its ability to drive the supply chain partners towards realizing this ideal by reducing risk, supply chain waste (cost), and speed to market.

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.

18 Jan 2021

Lean Accounting – Performance Measures

2021-10-01T06:34:58-04:00January 18th, 2021|Categories: Lean Accounting, Lean Learning, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , |

Simply put, performance measures are quantified measurements of how well an organization, value stream, or process performs. But not all performance measures are created equal. For lean manufacturers, lean success requires lean performance measures developed to drive high performance.

24 Aug 2020

Lean Accounting Introduction

2021-09-16T10:48:48-04:00August 24th, 2020|Categories: Lean Learning, Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , , , |

Many organizations find early in their lean journey that their accounting approach does not mesh well with lean thinking. While lean can help a company become far more effective and efficient by reducing waste, we should be able to account for those improvements. However, common accounting practices often fail to adequately measure lean improvements. An alternative, lean accounting approach is…

6 Jul 2020

7 Lean Wastes – Overview

2020-06-11T03:27:17-04:00July 6th, 2020|Categories: Lean Manufacturing|Tags: , , , , |

Most of our time should be spent doing value added work. However, if you take a look at the total lead time through value stream you will discover that “Muda” or waste steals a lot of our time. Another thing that a lot of companies do is to try and reduce the overall lead time by making the value add process more efficient. In reality there’s more value in reducing the waste in the process first before worrying about improving the value added steps.

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 documents. The excessive filing also leads to the waste of transportation since those files need to be moved from time to time.