Lean Thinking: A Systems Approach

Lean Thinking:  A Systems Approach In today’s competitive business environment, it’s important for organizations to maximize their returns on investments (ROI), to improve assets and processes quickly in achieving best time to value (TtV), all while lowering overhead, or total cost of ownership (TCO). In short, we need to institute best business practices in serving both process and ultimate deliveries:  Deliveries in the form of goods and services to customers.  In arriving at best practices, we need an ongoing system of methodologies...

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Change Management Lessons from a Caveman

Change Management Lessons from a Caveman Have you ever wondered what the oldest tool is in your Lean Six Sigma toolbox? Some argue that Dr. John Snow’s map, which helped end the cholera epidemic of London in the mid-1800’s, was one of the first uses of a concentration diagram. Karl Pearson gave us the standard deviation around 1893. Walter Shewhart drew the first control chart in 1924. In 1977, as John Travolta was strutting about in white polyester, John Tukey was working hard at Bell Labs to bring us the box plot. As you can see, some...

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