Category Archives: Lean

Process Yield Measures

Process Yield Measures

An ideal process must produce without defects and without rework. To expose these unnecessary and costly inefficiencies, you should have the appropriate performance metrics to measure the process yield, or otherwise, you may be misled and the true process yield might be underestimated. These metrics should be able to expose even the smallest inefficiencies in a process enabling operations to understand their true process yield in order to set realistic improvement targets.

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Kaizen Event Charter Template

Kaizen Events are focused improvement activities designed to improve a process or work area. They emphasize on the elimination of unnecessary non-value added activities. This will result in improved quality, efficiency, delivery, cost saving, standardized systems and employee engagement. You can think of a Kaizen event as a continuous improvement activity at the micro level as opposed to some of the other large-scale efforts such as Lean and Six Sigma.

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Kaizen Report Template

A Kaizen Report is a form that documents and summarizes continuous improvement activities. It is used to share improvements and best practices across an organization, division or group. There are many ways to share Kaizen reports including public display boards, dedicated Kaizen bulletin boards, emails and the intranet. In all cases, Kaizen activities should be written clear and simple so that every team member can easily understand them. Additionally, Kaizen reports with photos and drawings tend to capture more attention.

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Flow Process Chart

Flow Process Chart

A Flow Process Chat is a symbolic representation that illustrates the sequence of actions within a process. It records the steps of a process along a vertical line. It is used to show the steps of a process using symbols along with text. It is commonly used when analyzing the steps in a process to help identify and eliminate waste. It is also called Process Sequence Chart. Read more »»

5S Audit Checklist

5S is a Lean technique that involves activities designed to create and maintain a disciplined workplace. It helps create a better working environment and can be implemented to eliminate waste and improve the flow of work. 5S audits are often used to evaluate the performance of 5S implementation in any workplace. This 5S audit checklist will help ensuring that 5S standards and workplace organization are being met. It enables the observer to better address compliance gaps and provides opportunities for continuous improvement.

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