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Daily Self-Evaluation Template

Whether you are a parent, a student, an employee, a community member, or any combination of these roles, evaluating yourself by the end of the day can tell a lot about the kind of person you are. Self-evaluation is an important first step in being aware of yourself, and self-awareness is the first step to personality development and leading a life of meaning and integrity. The main goal is to make you see what you are doing well and what you need to focus on in order to achieve your personal goals. This allows to identify some key areas in your life that you would like to improve such as health, relationships, career, finance and spirituality. Read more »

Best Practices

Best Practices

A Best Practice is that practice that has been proven to achieve the best results. It represents creative solutions to common problems and has the potential to be replicated internally and externally. Companies are able to learn from other successful organizations by adopting their best practices without the need to reinvent the wheel. Companies can also develop and share their own best practices and innovative solutions. Read more »

Standard Work

Standard Work

Standard work means working on standards to produce correct and consistent results. It represents the best sequence and the most efficient methods to perform a process. It is considered a way to achieve the highest possible degree of consistency in any process. The purpose is to ensure that everything is done by everyone in a similar manner and carry out the work that achieves the highest quality, best service and lowest cost possible. Read more »

Normality Testing in Minitab

Normality Testing

The Normal Distribution is the commonest and the most useful continuous probability distribution. Many statistical tests require that the distribution is normal or nearly normal. Several tools are available to assess the normality of data including: using a histogram to visually explore the data, producing a normal probability plot, and carrying out an Anderson-Darling normality test. All these tools are easy to use in Minitab statistical software. Read more »

Probability Distributions in Minitab

Probability Distributions

There are different shapes, models and classifications of probability distributions including the ones discussed in the probability distributions article. It is always a good practice to know the distribution of your data before proceeding with your analysis. Once you find the appropriate model, you can then perform your statistical analysis in the right manner. Minitab can be used to find the appropriate probability distribution of your data. Read more »

Descriptive Statistics in Minitab

Descriptive Statistics

Minitab is a statistical software that allows you to enter your data to perform a wide range of statistical analyses on that data. It can be used to calculate many types of descriptive statistics including the ones discussed in the Descriptive Statistics article which can tell you a lot about your data in order to make more rational decisions. Descriptive statistics summaries in Minitab can be either quantitative or visual. Read more »

Value Analysis

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 and continuous improvement efforts often focus on those aspects of processes that add no value to the customer and are therefore wasteful. Read more »

Waste Analysis

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 wastes to bring efficiency and effectiveness to existing processes, and this is one of the core principles of Lean thinking. Read more »

Value Stream Mapping

Value Stream Mapping

A Value Stream Map (VSM) is a visual representation that helps to understand the flow of value in a business 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. It is considered as an improvement tool rather than just a definition of how the process operates or should operate. Although it is often associated with manufacturing, it can also be applied in product development and service related industries such as: healthcare, hospitality and logistics. Read more »

Visual Management Checklist

Visual Management is a technique that uses information displays, visual controls, labels and signs, color coding and other markings instead of written instructions. This Visual Management Checklist will help in detecting abnormalities and reinforcing standards ensuring stability and safety remain a top priority. It also provides an opportunity for performance review and promotes continuous improvement. Read more »

Flow Process Chart Template

A Flow Process Chart is a representation illustrating the sequence of activities within a process. This type of process map is preferable when documenting processes that are more sequential and containing few decisions. This template allows to record the steps of a process in a tabular format. It can be used to identify waste in processes by analyzing the non-value adding steps, long delays and excessive transportation. It then produces performance indicators such as: total value added time, distance traveled for transport activities, and value stream ratio. Read more »

Decision Balance Sheet

Decision Balance Sheet

Sometimes when you are faced with an important decision, you spend a lot of time looking for a solution hoping to avoid making the wrong choice. One of the simplest ways to decide what to do is using the Decision Balance Sheet. It is a simple but effective decision-making method that enables the team to make more confident and balanced decisions. It uses a tabular record to represents the advantages and disadvantages of an idea or situation for the purpose of reaching to a decision quickly. This situation might be a problem that needs to be solved or a condition that needs to be changed. Read more »