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Lean Resources

Here you will find a host of information providing insights into operational excellence and innovation suitable for a range of industries and experience levels.

#3 White Paper

Lean Practices Support Innovation

To consistently drive top-line growth, leaders must commit to a disciplined and creative focus on meeting today’s market challenges while strengthening capabilities for future competitive mastery. It’s a matter of keeping the core business running optimally without losing sight of what’s on the horizon—and being prepared for and open to “creative destruction.”

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#7 White Paper

Mastering the Gemba Walk

What’s the center stage of lean management?
The “gemba” is, of course. That’s the “real place” where work is happening, where value is being created. That’s the focal point of improvement, of lean thinking and action.

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Make it Visible…

#22 OE Newsletter

Last month saw another round of graduates from our Lean Manager for Services Certification held on the campus of The Ohio State University. Instructor and Executive Partner of Productivity Inc., Catherine Converset, spent a few minutes with us recently to talk about implementing lean in service and administrative functions.

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#9 White Paper

What’s Missing From Your Lean Initiative?

TPM’s integral role, with 5 takeaways to guide your strategy.
Most business owners and general managers recognize just how critically important proper equipment maintenance is, particularly in an asset-oriented work environment. 

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Lessons from Hackathons

#19 Innovation Newsletter

The term “hacking” usually brings to mind the activities of rogue computer programmers with bad intentions working to breach the security of a network. In that context, a “hackathon” might sound like a race to see who can be best and fastest intruder.

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Our most popular resources

7 Key Decisions for TPM Implementers

In any TPM implementation there are key questions that need to be asked and answered. There are no right answers—they’re all “how?” questions—but if the answer to any one of them is “We are not going to do this,” then the effectiveness of your TPM implementation is in serious doubt.

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#2 White Paper

Developing Lean Talent

A recent study by executive search firm The Avery Point Group revealed that demand for continuous improvement (CI) talent is strong post-recession; it has more than doubled since 2010 and is up over last year. Of particular interest to the lean community, this eighth annual study also showed that the need for lean-centered skill-sets is accelerating, surpassing that for six-sigma-centered expertise.

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An Article from the Archives:

Managers Have 3 Obligations in a Lean System

As a manager, Lean production obliges you to:

  1. Be a good teacher;
  2. Be a consensus builder;
  3. Have a shop-floor focus...
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Innovating the Ordinary

#23 Innovation Newsletter

Companies face continuing challenges that demand fresh perspectives on questions such as: How do I grow my organization? How can our organization disrupt the space we compete in? What strategies and concepts will enable us to change or improve the consumer experience?

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