Lean Manufacturing

Lean Tools and Techniques

Identifying Key Value Streams in your Business

Published: August 8, 2014
Beginning your Lean journey can be daunting, especially when “everything” seems to be going wrong and you don’t know where to start. The TXM Lean consultants suggest you begin by identifying your key value streams within your business and use this knowledge to target your initial improvements as you learn and develop the approach that will work with your business and team. Whether you are in manufacturing or service industry, identify how you add value to your customers will establish your value streams. ... Read more

Top 3 Tips for Auditing your Audits

Published: July 23, 2014
We know that audits are an important part of sustaining our Lean systems. But they are often the hardest part of implementing a new system and are easy to let slip, which results in systems that fade rather than embedded into our daily and weekly business processes. Here we will discuss the top three tips for auditing your audits and making sure your team is getting the best out of these unique opportunities to work on the business. ... Read more

Mastering Meaningful Metrics

Published: June 20, 2014
“What gets measured, gets managed” is the adage by management expert Peter Drukker and you would be hard pressed to find a company today that doesn’t have some level of metrics. The challenge is to differentiate between every day “business” metrics and “lean metrics”. Let's look at the key elements to getting good metrics in place and tools for sustaining their use. ... Read more

Visual Controls in your Workplace

Published: May 23, 2014
Visual controls are an important part of management in every manufacturing and office workplace allowing quick recognition of the information being communicated, in order to increase efficiency and clarity. When people come together to complete tasks and add value to your products or services, we need to find ways to clearly and efficiently communicate with each other. Here we will look at why we need visual controls as part of our management strategy, identify the basic types of visual controls and how we can to implement these. ... Read more