Category Archives: Continuous Improvement

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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What Does This Guy Do?? Role of Value Stream Manager

For many people the role of a value stream manager is not clearly understood. Others incorrectly use the term value stream manager as a substitute for production manager or supervisor in the factory. A Value Stream Manager has full responsibility … Continue reading

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From JUST-DO-IT to JUST-DONE-IT

I have been working with two multinational companies recently and the need for  “just-do-it” daily improvements came up. The companies are very different but the team members in both companies got excited about just-do-it and took action on some similar things. They … Continue reading

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