3 Lean Ideas Every Office Worker Can Use

Posted by Whitney Morris

We chatted with CEO Jim Lancaster about our Lean manufacturing and management system. In the early 1990s, Lantech became an early adopter of Lean, a process that eliminates waste and ultimately gives the customer the most value.

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3 Lean Principles You Can Use Now

Posted by Whitney Morris

We chatted with CEO Jim Lancaster about our Lean manufacturing and management system. In the early 1990s, Lantech became an early adopter of Lean, a process that eliminates waste and ultimately gives the customer the most value.

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Topics: Lean Operations

4 Things That Make a Great Lean Manager

Posted by Whitney Morris

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4 Things You Didn't Know About Visual Management

Posted by Whitney Morris

We chatted with CEO Jim Lancaster about our Lean manufacturing and management system. In the early 1990s, Lantech became an early adopter of Lean, a process that eliminates waste and ultimately gives the customer the most value.

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Topics: Lean Operations

Why We Love Lean Thinking in the Office (And You Should, Too!)

Posted by Allison Myers

There are inefficiencies in every work setting, whether it's on a factory floor or in an office. Inefficient work can lead to lost productivity, needless waiting and wasted time, and other problems that waste money and lose opportunities.

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Get Control of Your Email Nightmare With Lean Thinking

Posted by Allison Myers

Email, the communication medium that was supposed to make our life easier, has gotten so bad that many of us have become professional email answerers. Some people spend a few hours a day answering email, rather than doing their actual job. But if you can apply some Lean thinking to your email, you can keep it under control, and get more work done throughout the day.

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Apply Lean Thinking to Your Garage Workshop

Posted by Allison Myers

Lean principles have migrated from the shop floor to the office with great results. 

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Improve or Die

Posted by Allison Myers

In the Lean Manufacturing environment, Continuous Improvement is an important principle. The term used to convey the continuous improvement philosophy is Kaizen, Japanese for "improvement," or "change for the better."

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Eliminate the Muda: The 7 Types of Waste in Lean Manufacturing

Posted by Allison Myers

The foundational philosophy behind lean manufacturing is to eliminate waste. It's not to work faster or better, it's to eliminate waste of any kind that's not adding value.

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Applying the OODA Loop to Modern Life

Posted by Allison Myers

One of the things we try to do with our blog is to show how the PDCA Loop can be applied to our everyday lives. We recently saw an article on Huckberry.com, Active Mind: Like a Fighter Pilot, Applying Colonel John Boyd's Military Strategy, the OODA Loop, to the Modern Man. (Since Huckberry is geared primarily toward men, we'll forgive the "Modern Man" title.) The OODA Loop works much like the PDCA Loop. It has four parts — Observe, Orient, Decide, Act — as compared to Plan, Do, Check, Adjust/Act, and it's similar in many ways. For Colonel Boyd, a Korean War fighter pilot, the OODA Loop made more sense. Look around you to see what's going on, orient yourself to the situation, decide what to do, and then act on it. And, do that in the blink of an eye. Once you check the results (through observing), you re-orient and take your next plan of action.

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