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Kaizen: Getting to the Point of No Return!
WARNING: Lean is not always fun.  Nobody does LEAN for real without a good reason. Either things have gotten chaotic, or there isn't enough return on investment. The concepts themselves are a light at the end of the tunnel. But, when you first start the jou...

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Mark Twain On Leadership
om·nis·cient (ŏm-nĭsh′ənt) adj. Having total knowledge; knowing everything: an omniscient deity; o ne having total knowledge.   "I was gratified to be able to answer promptly and I did. I said I didn't know"...Mark Twain, Life on the Mississippi For some st...

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Just in Sequence Part 3 – What Can Go Wrong: This third and last post on Just in Sequence details all the things that can go wrong, and talks about how to fix them. The biggest problem is if the sequence of your Just in Sequence part does not match the main component that it should be sequenced to. This happens especially due to defects and

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Just in Sequence Part 2 – How to Do It: In this second post on Just in Sequence, I would like to talk about some details on the actual sequencing of parts: when to use Just in Sequence in the first place, which parts to sequence, and how to define the sequence. These are all organizational details to make Just in Sequence  work. In my next and last post of this series, I will describe how to handle problems with parts being out of sequence.

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Different Ways to Establish a Pull System – Part 1: Pull production is one of the most important aspects of lean production. Its key feature is to have an upper limit on inventory that is not to be exceeded. The most well-known way to implement a pull system is by using kanban cards. However, there are many others. In this short series of two posts, I want to give you an overview of the different ways to implement pull systems, and discuss the pros and cons of them.
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