10 Tips for Lean Work Practices

Lean Work

Think of Lean work practices as a continuous chain. Each link is connected to the next and is each equally important to the integrity of the process. Here are 10 Lean ways of thinking about your work flow. Each step is interdependent and linked Your work is process paced, not paced by the hour Teamwork … Continue reading

Simplicity of Lean


It’s almost counter intuitive, in our age of technology, to consider simplicity as the best practice. However, that is what Lean management is all about. You don’t have to know business jargon, intricate computer programs or complex accounting. It is simple, common sense. LEAN SUMMARIZED: Pick up and straighten up your work area. Rearrange work … Continue reading

Value Stream Mapping Really Works: Success Story #1

Value Stream Mapping AAE

A few months ago, I posted a presentation on Value Stream Mapping I mapped our intake process in the posted that followed, but I also mapped our inventory/shipping process. This week, the success of that inventory mapping and the changes made, became apparent. Prior to our mapping, our process for shelving inventory, was to simply … Continue reading

Value Stream Mapping: 5S The Finishing Touches


Here is the last step in bringing efficiency to your process….5S:  Sort, Straighten, Shine, Standardize, Sustain. The following is what I did for our process we’ve been working on: Sort:  Sorted through packing materials, cupboards and drawers Straighten:  Rearranged things on shelves for easy reference Shine:  Repainted some scuffed spots Standardize:   Future process mapped and posted … Continue reading

Value Stream Mapping: Step 3 Mapping the Future


Mapping your future process is a promise of improvement. It will bring higher productivity with more efficiency. We are now ready to get rid of the steps that waste time, cause errors and cost money. Here is where we have to put on our thinking caps and think outside the box! Once again, here is … Continue reading

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