The History of Kanban

history of kanban

2 min read The world-renowned carmaker Toyota began studying supermarkets in the 1940s. Supermarkets have a unique in-store system that uses in-store stocking techniques. Their system always provides for adequate amounts of products on the shelves without having to store excess amounts because customers know they can always return to the store for more. Toyota believed that this same process could be applied to the factory floor. The demand for the product guided the ordering of products and …

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Lean IT and Business

< 1 min read Steve Bell – Lean IT and Business Details. Lean IT expert Steve Bell helps solve the long-standing battle between a company’s goal of Continuous Improvement and IT’s perceived lack of agility. It’s a constant friction between managemeet wanting computer/network changes now, and IT wanting to slow the pace and do it right. Hear about Kaizen, and how IT departments are now considered strategic partners in business planning, due to so much online interaction with the …

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Starting Continuous Improvement

< 1 min read Jeff Hajek of Velaction on creating a continuous improvement culture Details. Jeff Hajek of Velaction talks about creating a continuous improvement culture, and what kind of structure a company needs to support it, in this podcast hosted by Antonio Ferraro Mr. Hajek is the author of “Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean?” and “The Continuous Improvement Companion,” the free, award-winning, comprehensive, Lean / Six Sigma encyclopedia. Jeff is also the founder of Velaction, a company …

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Kaizen Events That Rock

< 1 min read Mark Hamel On How To Implement Successful Kaizen Events Details. Mark Hamel is a Lean/Six Sigma implementation consultant and award-winning author of the Kaizen Event Fieldbook. Mark also created and writes the Lean blog “Gemba Tales.” The always-busy author is also the cofounder of another blog, “Lean Math.” Mark writes columns for Quality Digest as well. Mr. Hamel has successfully coached Lean leaders, and conducted numerous training sessions and workshops. He has organized hundreds of …

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