value stream maps

Is takt time the most misunderstood lean concept?

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 02-13-12

Is takt time the most misunderstood lean concept? My experiences suggests yes, although this surprises me quite a bit. It’s not that the misunderstanding is highly significant, or has a dramatic impact on people’s actions. But when we ask the question of a group “what is takt time?”, to group

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How to trick yourself into thinking you’re doing lean (and trick others at the same time)

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 01-10-12

What to do when problem solving tools become the problem? One of the funniest blogs in the world, in my opinion, is The Oatmeal. However, this one about pros and cons struck a cord because what makes it funny is exactly that it’s how people work. Here’s the heart of

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There is one plan, and we’re all working on it

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 03-14-11

At 10 AM on Tuesday, we will talk about our improvement plans from our value stream mapping sessions. At 3 PM on Wednesday, we’ll meet on our latest strategic initiative. Thursday afternoon whenever we can find time, we’ll talk about the problems taken from our problem board.   Friday morning

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