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Don’t Understand Japanese Lean Jargon? Don’t Worry!

Published: April 15, 2016
Have you noticed how many Lean consultants and speakers love to spice their language with Japanese words. Words like “Kanban” and “Kaizen” have almost entered the English language, but what about “nemawashi”, “hansei”, “yokoten” and “kaikaku”? What do these terms mean and does it really matter? ... Read more

Ranking Improvement Ideas with a PICK Chart

Published: March 30, 2016
There is nothing more exciting than gathering a group of people together to discuss improvement ideas, especially in a company that is maturing through the Lean Journey and team engagement is spreading. One of the challenges often faced by TXM clients early on is how we decide on the “right” improvement ideas to focus on? We have found using a PICK chart is a great way to encourage team discussion and provide timely feedback. ... Read more

Creating a Visual Management Board

Published: March 17, 2016
Visual management boards provide your team with a means to display and easily communicate the status of key production metrics. The aim is to have a visual display that is well thought out, relevant and simple for your team to use. ... Read more

Five Reasons You Spend Your Day Firefighting and Expediting Orders – and What to Do About It

Published: February 29, 2016
Do you find that much of your day "firefighting" to expedite orders in a vain attempt to ensure your customers get what they need on time and in full? Despite your best efforts, are you constantly frustrated by the failure of your business to follow its plans, have materials and inventory where it is needed, when it is needed and the frequency at which things simply go wrong? Learn why this happens and what to do about it in our latest blog. ... Read more