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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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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 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 with manufacturing, it can also be applied in product development and service-related industries such as healthcare, hospitality and logistics.

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Process Chart Template

A Flow Process Chart is a representation showing the sequence of activities within a process. This type of process map is preferable when documenting sequential processes that contain few decisions. This template allows to record the steps of a process in a tabular format. It is often used to identify waste 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.

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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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Flow Process Chart

Flow Process Chart

A Flow Process Chat is a symbolic representation that illustrates the sequence of activities within a process. It is used to record and analyze the activities that make up a process to determine which add value and which do not. Activities can be any operation, inspection, storage, transportation, and delay actions that are carried out by an individual person, a team, a machine, a computer system, or a combinations of all.

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Time Value Map

Time Value Map

Time Value Map is a tool that tracks how a specific process spends its time. It’s a graphical description of value-added and non-value added time in a process. The aim is to eliminate waste and streamline the process whenever possible.

Only activities that are seen as value-added by the customer are plotted above the middle line.   Read more »  




Hand of Values

How to Make Your Personal Core Values Memorable?

The Hand of Values is a tool that makes someone’s values more memorable. The idea is very simple! Every part in the hand represents a value that if touched, it should trigger a positive thought, create an emotional change and influence the behavior in some way. Everybody has his own values, and he may assign his personal core values on his hand in the way he prefers.   Read more »