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News archives 2013 - 2017
Source: Business-improvement.eu
Below, you will find the most important articles that were published on this site in 2013-2017
[ articles 2010-2012 ]

 

City of sciences and arts, Valencia ^ City of sciences and arts, Valencia
The Scientific Method
June 19, 2017: category WorldClass   | Lean, TOC, QRM, Six Sigma, TPM, Agile ... They all improve business processes by applying the scientific method: formulating a hypothesis, testing and continuously adjusting! However, there are big differences in focus and pace.

Make-to-order assembly at Philips ^ Make-to-order assembly at Philips 
The Lean transformation of Philips Lighting
February 15, 2017: category Lean   | Enforcing a Lean transformation does not work. Instead, you should show the benefits! This is the conviction of Bart Evers, Lean deployment leader at Philips Lighting: ‘Seeing is believing, and believing is copying’.

Companies should be Lean and Agile ^ Companies should be Lean and Agile 
Lean and Agile are like Yin and Yang
November 21, 2016: category Lean   | Being Agile, adapting rapidly, seems the opposite of Lean, improving continuously. However, Lean and Agile are like Yin and Yang. They are both based on the same principle: sense and respond.

Playful work environment at Springest ^ Playful work environment at Springest 
Holacracy at Springest: changing roles
August 10, 2016: category Lead & Change   | Springest calls itself a Holacracy. They have no fixed positions. Roles, needed at a particular moment, are distributed among self-managing circles. Does this work? What is the resemblance with Lean and Scrum?

The production site of Auping ^ The production site of Auping  
Within Auping, everybody feels the customer
February 10, 2016: category Lean   | At the bed specialist Auping, everywhere the customer is visible. Auping showed that it is possible to preserve the craftsmanship of a family business, while transforming to a Lean business!

Prof. Hajime Yamashima visits Unilever ^ Prof. Hajime Yamashima visits Unilever 
Unilever's holistic program for WCM
October 19, 2015: category WorldClass   | Companies experienced with process improvement often say that they apply World Class Manufacturing (WCM). TPM, Lean and Six Sigma are then applied simultaneously, with one method as foundation. Unilever discovered a different, holistic WCM-program.

An enthousiastic autonomous team of Buurtzorg ^ An enthousiastic self-steering team 
The self-steering teams of Buurtzorg
May 06, 2015: category Lead & Change   | The Dutch home care provider Buurtzorg has no managers. Small local teams decide what care matches best with their customers. Buurtzorg has a lot of Lean characteristics, but CEO Jos de Blok says that 'Lean is terrible'. How come?

Truck assembly at Scania ^ Truck assembly at Scania
Value Stream Mapping
January 12, 2015: category Lean  |For breakthroughs with Lean manufacturing you need a strategic vision. You need to make a so-called future state value stream map (FSVSM), for each family of products or services that your company delivers.

Frederic Laloux and his book Reinventing Organizations ^ Visual Management in the QROC
Virupa breaks the Response Time Spiral
September 02, 2014: category QRM   | Virupa Visual Solutions experienced significant growth in the last twenty years. However the work in progress, backlogs and rush orders to 'fight fires' increased. Virupa replaced their office departments with Quick Response Office Cells.

Frederic Laloux and his book Reinventing Organizations ^ Frederic Laloux and his book
Organizations, agile like soccer teams
June 23, 2014: category Lead & Change   |Do workers need bosses and targets, or can they manage themselves? Can a company be organized like a soccer team? In his book Reinventing Organizations Frederic Laloux studied 12 organizations that rely to a large extent on self-management!

Packaging line for Nutrilon baby food ^ Packaging line for Nutrilon baby food
Operators like Sherlock Holmes at Danone
April 22, 2014: category TPM   |By monitoring the Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), it is precisely known when problems occurred.   Yet, as Danone discovered, the current reporting methods are not adequate enough to determine the root cause of these problems!

Factory lay-out of Océ (Canon) before Lean ^ Factory lay-out of Océ (Canon) before Lean
The durable Lean transformation of Océ
Januari 8, 2014: category Lean   |Lean can be implemented in a technical way. Guus Cox, operations manager at Océ, compares this with using a bulldozer to push the waste out of the factory. This gives fast but temporary results, because the behavior of the people does not change.

A problem at the production line! An Andon (team leader) hastens to help ^ A problem! An 'Andon' hastens to help
Scania's structure for continuous improvement
May 29, 2013: category Lean   | To stay ahead of the competition, Scania Zwolle Production raised its productivity with about 6% every year in the past period. Self-managing Lean teams turned out to be not enough. The workforce also needs resources and structure.

Assembly cells at Harley-Davidson ^ Assembly cells at Harley-Davidson
Customer-specific production with QRM
March 01, 2013: category QRM   | Quick Response Manufacturing (QRM): The faster your production chain, the better! To that end, you should transform your entire supply chain, by creating loosely connected Quick Response Cells, each handling groups of similar tasks.

Eric Ries compares lean R&D with driving, tuning and steering a car simultaneously ^ Lean R&D is like tuning a car
Add maximum value during R&D
January 7, 2013: categorie Lean   | Lean companies improve by successive logistic experiments. Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup, states startups should apply a similar approach. What is called go and see in lean – visit the place where the real work is done – is replaced by launch and see.

[ articles 2010-2012 ]

 

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