Author Archives: BMaskell

Lean & Six Sigma: What’s The Difference??

WHY:           Lean primarily focuses on how we create value for the customer, rather than on the production or other processes. Waste is anything we do that the customer does not value. Six Sigma primarily focuses on the … Continue reading

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Why Measuring Efficiency is Anti-Lean

The measurement of people’s efficiency has a long history in manufacturing industries. The design and production engineers calculate the time required to manufacture a product or batch of products. Each time the product is made, the “actual time” is measured … Continue reading

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Work by Seeing It. Make it Visual.

Lean organizations of all kinds make strong use of visual management. Visual management means that – as far as possible – people’s work is scheduled, organized, and controlled by themselves, and the information they need can be easily seen on … Continue reading

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