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Lean Audit Checklist

This lean audit checklist is used to evaluate the progress made toward implementing lean in your facility. It helps you understand the strong areas as well as the areas that need to be improved. An action plan for improvement can then be developed and implemented. It uses a six-dimensional model that includes leadership, support systems, value stream, continuous improvement, lean techniques, and standard work. You may conduct lean audits on a periodic basis (for example, annually) or whenever it is needed.

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A3 Problem Solving Template

A3 Thinking is a logical and structured approach to problem solving adopted by Lean organizations around the world. It allows to focus on the real issues while helping the team collaborate to gain deeper insight into problems. It is aligned with and supports the PDCA management philosophy.

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Observations and Gemba Walks

Observation

An Observation is a data collection method used to gather detailed information about a process or a situation. It allows the observer to collects data in real time at the location where the data is generated. Observations are commonly used during process improvement and change management initiatives as well as in customer service environments. They are often used to fully document the value stream of a process, measure the actual performance against organizational goals, and acquire benchmark information to get an idea of the current performance levels against competitors and industry leaders.

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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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