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Source: Business-improvement.eu
How to create flow in business processes
Business-improvement.eu is one of the very few 100% independent Business-improvement.eu is a completely independent website, with an independent editorial staff:

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 websites about all business improvement methods, including Lean, Six Sigma, TOC, QRM and TPM! 
Owner and editor-in-chief of this website is business-journalist Dr Ir Jaap van Ede .
Our mission: contributing to a flowing work experience, literally and figuratively speaking, by inspiring you with in-depth real-life business cases. Join our community! We promise to send no unwanted e-mail.
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SCM manages one stream, SCM 2.0 four ^ SCM manages one stream, SCM 2.0 four
Supply Chain Management 1.0 & 2.0
October 01, 2018: category Lead & Change   | Supply Chain Management 1.0 increases the flow of products. SCM 2.0 also encompasses the design of supply chains. It makes chains faster, cheaper, more innovative, more robust, more agile, more sustainable and more social.
Lean production at BWM in Munich ^ Lean production at BWM in Munich
Kata and Einfachautomatiserung at BMW
June 05, 2018: category Lean   | The Toyota Kata approach, with standardized coaching and improving behavior, was incorporated in BMW’s Value-added Production System. Hoshin Kanri and einfachautomatiserung are also important. Industrie 4.0 is helpful for the benefit of Lean.

Production planning with POLCA-cards ^ Production planning with POLCA-cards
POLCA yes, or POLCA no?
April 25, 2018: category QRM   | 20 years after Rajan Suri invented the high mix, low volume production control system POLCA, he publishes The Practitioner’s Guide to POLCA. In this article: Suri’s work in the area of Quick Response Manufacturing, a review of his book, our conclusions, and Suri’s response!

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Quick Response Planning ^ Quick Response Planning
10 years Quick Response at Bosch Hinges
April 18, 2018: category QRM   | Bosch Scharnieren (‘Bosch Hinges’) was the first in the Netherlands to implement Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM). ‘QRM divides your company in Quick Response Cells, supplying each other’, says CEO Fried Kaanen. ‘Next, you can reduce the waiting times.’

Picking with augmented reality glasses ^ Picking with augmented reality glasses
One Piece Flow at KONI
January 16, 2018: category Lean   | Gearing production activities perfectly to one another is not sufficient for production in One Piece Flow. Operators at KONI receive all the parts, information and tools, just-in-time. Software and augmented reality make this possible!

City of sciences and arts, Valencia ^ The scientific method to improve
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On this page, summaries are shown of articles that were published during the last months. Earlier publications can be found in our news archive. Besides that, dozens of business cases, articles, and book reviews can be found with this search tool.

Overview main site sections

On this site you will find information about the possibilities and limitations of the most important process management methods, see our mission. All continuous improvement approaches described here were originally developed in the US or in Japan, be it from different perspectives. Namely logistics for Lean, TOC and QRM, quality for Six Sigma and productivity for TPM. On this site each approach is characterized by one phrase, like 'the value adding organization' for Lean, and 'the perfect organization' for Six Sigma, see the overview below. After entering one of these site-sections, articles in the same section can be found using a yellow sub-menu on the upper-left of each page.

Lean:    the value adding organization
TOC:          the unlimited organization
QRM: the cellular organization
Six Sigma: the perfect organization
Lean Six Sigma :         the value adding & perfect organization
TPM:    the smooth organization
WorldClass the value adding & smooth & perfect organization
Lead & Change:    the changing organization


Our mission:  Inspiring businesses with in-depth real-life cases
1. Providing information about business improvement, to stimulate knowledge transfer.
Business-improvement.eu and its Dutch sister website procesverbeteren.nl both provide completely independent and unbiased information about áll methods to improve the efficiency, quality and flexibility of production and business processes. Focus is on business-cases, of which most were also published in specialist journals about logistics, quality and maintenance. The idea is to transfer knowledge about best practises from one company to another, and also to transfer knowledge between different industry sectors, e.g. from manufacturing to hospitals.

Each company struggles with the same question: How can I provide – at lowest possible costs and with an acceptable delivery time – products or services that add maximum value for my customers? All methods on this site, Lean, Six Sigma, TPM etc, address this problem. Although it is often thought that implementations of these methods can be copied form one company to another (like a template), this is definitely not a good idea. The reason for this: Take for example the application of TPM within Unilever. Their approach evolved during the years to a company-specific improvement method, tailored to their specific needs, also including aspects of other methods like Lean and Six Sigma. Therefore the idea is not to copy approaches on this site, but to see these as suggestions, which might work in your own organization.

In conclusion: this site helps to generate ideas, e.g. about which method to start with when you are new to continuous improvement. Companies further on their way are served with suggestions about how to mix different methods, to compose an organization improvement system tailored best to their needs.

2. Acting as an intermediary
When an organization needs help to implement a certain improvement approach, they might contact one of the consultancy firms listed with their banners in the margin of each article. (a list of these sponsors with some background information provided by them can also be found via the sub-menu of each site section)
Since these consultancy firms sponsor one or more site-sections chosen by themselves, a fit between the approach described in an article and the knowledge of the consultancy firms listed in the margin of that article is likely. However, as said before, this is a completely independent website. So, we cannot garantuee in any way the quality of the services provided by the listed consultancies, nor do we make any judgement about which firm would suit your company best. In time, more interactive functionalionality and many more case descriptions will be added to this site, as was done earlier on the Dutch sister site procesverbeteren.nl.

 

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