• quality function deployment

    Quality function deployment (QFD) is the translation of user requirements or requests into designs. The goal of QFD is to build a product that does exactly what the customer wants instead of delive...

  • Applying lean techniques to quality control

    Dr. Michael Grieves, a professor at the University of Iowa, explains how Lean Six Sigma can be used to analyze and redesign quality-control workflows and automate them for greater accuracy and effi...

  • Experts challenge manufacturers to rethink lean tech

    Incorporating software into a lean project can be challenging. CSCMP 2010 attendees learned about the variety of lean technology options available and how to use them to boost supply chain visibili...

  • Addressing lean manufacturing implementation myths

    In this book chapter excerpt, find out the truth behind common lean manufacturing implementation myths and misconceptions.

Strategies for lean manufacturing success

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  • Lean manufacturing and ERP: How to leverage ERP to get lean

    A manufacturing firm adopting the principles of lean manufacturing can effectively leverage the company’s ERP system during its transition to lean. This e-book explains what part of the plant you should start with; the importance of simplifying the E... 

  • Business applications, data analytics can make business lean

    Centralised business apps, such as ERP and CRM can frustrate, but also make a business lean. Data analytics has a fresh Six Sigma role to play 

  • Addressing common lean manufacturing implementation myths

    In this book chapter excerpt, find out the truth behind common lean manufacturing implementation myths and misconceptions. 

  • Overcoming lean manufacturing challenges

    In this book chapter, learn how to overcome lean manufacturing challenges and common obstacles to lean success. 

  • Making the lean manufacturing management commitment

    In order for a lean initiative to be successful, lean manufacturing management must be willing to commit to implementation and training plans. Strong lean manufacturing leadership is able to evaluate what lean needs to do and solve problems down the ... 

  • Building a business case for lean implementation

    Introducing lean thinking to your staff means explaining what lean does and how it will help your business. Identifying your goals, explaining the concepts of kaizen and kanban and setting up lean training programs are all parts of building a busines... 

  • Creating a lean implementation plan

    There are many factors to consider before starting a lean implementation project. Make sure to address any questions about systems capabilities, cultural change and leadership before creating a lean implementation plan. 

  • SCM technology and implementation trends for lean supply chain management

    Find out how to make your supply chain lean. Learn strategies for taking costs out of your supply chain. Discover expert advice on how to make your supply chain as efficient as possible. 

  • Case Study: How Lean Failed

    Discover the best implementation practices for lean manufacturing. Find out common challenges in implementing lean manufacturing and learn how to avoid common mistakes. 

  • DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control)

    DMAIC (define, measure, analyze, improve, control) is Six Sigma tool for improving an existing process. DMAIC, which is pronounced "de-may-ick," is used to regain control when a process fails to produce high quality results. 

  • quality function deployment

    Quality function deployment (QFD) is the translation of user requirements or requests into designs. The goal of QFD is to build a product that does exactly what the customer wants instead of delivering a product that emphasizes expertise the builder ... 

  • lean production

    Lean production is an assembly-line methodology developed originally for Toyota and the manufacturing of automobiles. It is also known as the Toyota Production System or just-in-time production. 

  • kaizen (or continuous improvement)

    Kaizen, also known as continuous improvement, is an approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality. 

  • prototype

    In software development, a prototype is a rudimentary working model of a product or information system, usually built for demonstration purposes or as part of the development process. 

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