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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

Embrace the Enemy?

In all too many instances, there are complaints that accounting departments are a barrier to the Lean transformation. There is even a movement from some proclaiming that traditional accounting methods are too contrary to appreciate the benefits of lean and a newer approach referred to as “Lean Accounting” is the answer.

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Tag That Attitude!

We were recently contacted by one of our clients to convey how their TPM efforts were progressing… Can you pick out the most important thing?

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CEDAC:

A Tool for Continuous Systematic Improvement

When you're trying to improve quality and productivity, it's essential to target the right problems, get the right people involved in solving them, and make sure the solutions work. CEDAC will help you do all three.

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TPM in Process Industries

Implementing Total Productive Maintenance

Process industries have a particularly urgent need for collaborative equipment management systems, but until this book was published, lacked for programs directed toward their specific needs. TPM in Process Industries brings together top consultants from the Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance to modify the original TPM Development Program.

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TPM Development Program:

Implementing Total Productive Maintenance

This book outlines a three-year program for systemic TPM development and implementation. It describes in detail the five principal development activities of TPM...

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Introduction to TPM:

Total Productive Maintenance

This was the first book in English on total productive maintenance (TPM) - a system which has been shown to reduce breakdowns to almost zero and increase worker productivity by as much as 150 percent.

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