The material in this workbook is a compilation of slides presented in a PowerPoint TM presentation and some of the speaker notes and accompanying graphics. Mostly it is designed to be used in conjunction with the presentation, but we think that has a wealth of knowledge that is useful to anyone who is learning about implementing lean in their own organization.
This training is aimed at leading edge companies that want to improve their operations, but they don’t know where to start.
The approaches described in this workbook focus on helping organizations identify opportunities for improvement in an efficient and value-added way. The result is a prioritized project pipeline that was identified by leveraging the expertise of organizational members using approaches built on well-known quality tools and methods, such as process mapping and failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA).
Our innovative adaptations of traditional quality tools and methods integrates concepts derived from SIPOC (suppliers, inputs, process, outputs, customers) diagrams and FMEA with process mapping activities, which significantly increases the depth of analysis within the process being examined. Then, logical and well-known approaches are employed to (1) prioritize the opportunities for improvement identified and (2) categorize them within the appropriate type of kaizen event. In the end, the kaizen kanban approach provides an effective method for coordinating project selection that efficiently feeds the deployment of improvement projects across an organization using a visual communication approach.