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Musical Kata

I sang baritone and sometimes tenor in the St. John’s Lutheran Church choir according the key of the hymn were rehearsing and also depending upon who showed up for rehearsal. 618 more words

Old Lean Dude

Henry Ford: The Tale of Assembly Line

Henry Ford (1863 – 1947), one of the most influential industrialists in history, introduced his greatest innovations in October 1913 – the assembly line. The advance transformed the industry worldwide, and his mass-produced Model T helped create the American middle class. 492 more words


Gemba Walk

Most leadership teams’ assumptions about what is happening in the workplace on a day-to-day basis do not align with the reality of what is actually taking place. 451 more words


Lean DNA

It is always good to remember this: Lean is not about the tools, Lean is a thinking system. The Toyota Production System and its tools (SMED, 5S, Kanban,…) have often been considered… 249 more words


5S: Seiri, Seiton, Seiso, Seiketsu and Shitsuke

The 5S is the methodology of creation and maintaining well organized, clean, highly efficient and supreme quality workplace. Its result is the effective organization of the workspace, work flow with the intent of improving competence by eliminating waste, removal of losses associated with failures and breaks, reduced process inefficiencies and improved safety of work. 457 more words


Muda, Muri and Mura

When you ask a number of people to explain Lean Manufacturing in one sentence, most of them will answer: “eliminate waste”. The reason is that eliminating waste or… 485 more words



The one critical requirement for a TPS approach to be effective is that the production plan should be leveled both in quantity and in mix. This is indicated by the Japanese term Heijunka (平準化), which stands for “leveling” or “smoothing”. 504 more words