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  • Value Analysis

    Value is one of the most important concepts within Lean thinking and one of the most valuable outcomes Lean provides. Value Analysis focuses on what adds value to business processes as perceived by the customer. A process that does not add value to the product or service should be redesigned or eliminated altogether. Problem solving […]

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  • Waste Analysis

    In a Lean culture, Waste is anything that doesn’t add value from the customer’s perspective. It includes activities and resources beyond what is needed to meet customer requirements. Waste Analysis involves identifying, quantifying, eliminating and preventing waste in manufacturing, service and office environments. Many Lean tools and techniques focus on continually identifying and eliminating these […]

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  • Relationship Mapping

    A Relationship Map is a visual display that shows the relationships between individual items. It allows to see and analyze the logical links between the different elements of any situation. A simple example of a relationship map is your network of personal and social relations. Another example is what is called the Interrelationship Digraph which […]

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  • Risk Analysis

    Risk Analysis is a process that helps identify and assess potential threats that could affect the success of a business or project. It allows to examine the risks and includes means to measure, mitigate and control them effectively. It is part of the larger process of risk management although risk management can also refer to […]

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  • Matrix Diagram

    A Matrix Diagram is a table that allows sets of data to be compared in order to make better decisions. It displays the existence and strength of relationship between pairs of items of two or more sets. The relationship is then indicated by a number or symbol in each cell where the two items intersect […]

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  • PDCA Cycle

    The PDCA cycle is a four-step model for problem solving and continuous improvement. It provides a simple and structured way for solving problems and creating positive change. It is widely recognized as the basis of continually improving the quality of processes, products, and services. The PDCA cycle is an easy to remember four logical sequenced steps (Plan, […]

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  • Gantt Charts

    When managing projects, large number of activities are to be controlled and completed on time. If you miss a deadline, the costs may increase considerably and you may even be penalized. A Gantt Chart is a visual representation that provides an instant overview of the status of a project. It outlines all activities involved in […]

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  • Value Stream Mapping

    A Value Stream Map (VSM) is a high-level visual representation of a business process. It helps to understand the flow of value in the process as perceived by the customer. Its primary goal is to identify and eliminate waste (Muda) and make the process as close to lean as possible. Although it is often associated […]

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  • Fishbone Diagram

    Also known as Ishikawa Diagram and Cause and Effect Diagram. A fishbone diagram is one of the various tools that can be used to perform a cause-and-effect analysis. It provides a structured way to identify and organize the potential causes of a problem (or effect). It allows to establish and present the cause-and-effect relationship in an […]

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  • Prioritization Matrix

    Many real-life decision-making situations have several conflicting criteria that need to be considered at the same time. Traditionally, this is often dealt with by applying trial-and-error methods, or by relying on the experience of people. In such situations, decision makers are required to use prioritization in order to make effective decisions. Prioritization is an essential […]

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