Category Archives for Lean

Deming’s 14 Points

We’ve previously looked at the Deming Cycle (Plan, Do, Check, Act) for continuous improvement proposed by W. Edwards Deming. Deming also offered 14 principles for the transformation of American business. Deming’s 14 Points can apply at any level within any organization – from a small organization to a large company, or even a business unit […]

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What is Systems Thinking?

Systems thinking provides a way to understand how different factors influence each other within a whole. This type of problem cannot be easily understood by traditional reductionist or logical thinking. But what exactly is systems thinking? Giving a definition of systems thinking is difficult as it’s something that is best understood through experience. Let’s start […]

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The 7 Types of Waste

One way to increase margins and therefore profitability is to remove waste from an organization. In Japanese there is the term Muda, which describes any activity which does not value to others, is unproductive and therefore wasteful. This is a core concept of the Toyota Production System (TPS) and Lean. The seven types of Muda […]

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Pull vs Push Systems

If you want to understand Lean Manufacturing you’re going to need to understand the difference between push and pull systems. First, let’s define each of these terms: Push System: is a system in which we produce goods based on our best projections of what the market wants. Essentially the production of goods is scheduled and […]

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