A Lean Approach to Collaboration

A Lean Approach to Collaboration

Robert Sheridan is the CEO of Menlo, a software business in Michigan. If you ask him what he fears most from his employees, he would probably say complacency. Sheridan’s solution is a Lean approach to collaboration: constantly shuffling teams and seating arrangements to ensure that everyone in the company works with a variety of colleagues.

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People: Continuously Improving

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The key to Lean is continuous improvement, a concept that is often applied to processes and rarely to people. Thomas Crosby, CEO of Pal’s Sudden Service, a fast-food chain in Tennessee, takes employee training very seriously. In an interview with Inc. Magazine (link: http://www.inc.com/audacious-companies/leigh-buchanan/pals-sudden-service.html), he shared his perspective on improvement: “Every single day, everybody has

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Toyota Returns to its Roots: People-Focused Manufacturing

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When many manufacturers are looking for advanced machinery to build their products, Toyota is doing the opposite. Toyota is focusing on training their employees to do things by hand, returning to the craftsmen mentality of the company’s humble beginnings. In their Honsha plant, employees are hammering and forging crankshafts by hand, rather than using the

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Reducing Transportation Costs by Looking Within

Thanks to Lean logistics, some companies are cutting their transportation costs from within their own facilities. With fuel costs continuing to rise and employee time at a premium, manufacturers are examining how products move within their own facilities to look for potential savings. In some companies, raw materials zig-zag their way through the facility, making

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Side-by-side integration of Lean and green can have a significant effect on business

While Lean tools and green methodologies are very different, these business strategies can be integrated simultaneously to maximize performance, as the Grand Rapids Chair Company discovered. The furniture manufacturer chalks this up to the fact that both Lean and green processes are implemented through Plan-Do-Check-Assess (PDCA) cycles. Both Lean and sustainability initiatives need to be

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Core tenets of Lean retail execution

Retail, like most other industries, can benefit by integrating Lean processes and mindsets. If retailers are looking to maximize their budgets while minimizing waste and improving efficiency, then embracing a Kaizen work culture may be the best way to go. If merchants do go this route, they must observe the three core tenets of Lean

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Applying Kaizen to packaging practices

When you look at rows of products at grocery stores, malls or any other retail setting, there are dozens of items competing for your attention. What catches your attention, and how can you make your packing compete in the competitive retail shelf space? Packaging design is an important concept for any business that creates a physical

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