Our Paradigms: Primary Elements

Because the application of LEAN concepts and methods may be overwhelming, it is easier to break-down the understanding into smaller components. Therefore, the Primary Elements in Our Paradigms for Implementing LEAN will focus on the first set of principles that will make your program efforts more effective and efficient.

Inside-Out Approach

The Inside-Out Approach is also referred to as the Circle of Influence [1], where your actions, non-actions, and decisions have a direct impact on your outcomes. The key is to focus your implementation efforts on those things that you can control and influence, thus enabling you to make effective changes.  Therefore, you make changes within […]

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Seek the Value-Added

This may seem straightforward and obvious, but our approach should seek-out and focus on those activities that add value.  But what do we mean by that? – Value-Added Activities include: Focusing on What is Important to the Business Quick Wins and/or “Low Hanging Fruit” Achieving Your Desired Results, and/or Getting KPI Results Ensuring Your Roadmap

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Pilot Area

The Pilot Area is the designation of a single process or work cell.  The purpose of designating a Pilot Area is to use it as a testbed for the implementation and application of LEAN principles and concepts. As a testbed, the Pilot Area will be your space to learn and understand how to approach the

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Core Team

The Core Team is the formation of a small group of key personnel, predominately representatives from the Pilot Area. [1]  Their purpose is to focus on the implementation and application of LEAN principles and concepts in the Pilot Area.  Nevertheless, there should be a strong emphasis on learning and experimenting in their efforts, as to

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Application of the PDCA Cycle

If you’re unfamiliar or need a refresher with the basic concepts of PDCA, or Toyota’s iteration of the PDCA Cycle, we’ve provided a link to our resources: Learn more about the Traditional PDCA Explanation, from Wikipedia. Learn more about Toyota’s Iteration of the PDCA Cycle Training. [1] From this continuous improvement and problem-solving method, we

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Jishuken, Learn by Doing

Jishuken, is loosely translated from Japanese as “Learn by Doing”.  It is the experiential learning style that can only take place by “learning through reflection on doing”…  As we have just discussed the Application of the PDCA Cycle [1], you can now understand why this is an important approach to your implementation efforts! Jishuken means

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Dynamic Learning

Most LEAN principles and concepts are taught in a linear approach.  This is understandable since many of us first learn and process new information and complex methods in this simple way.  What is important to keep in mind is that the LEAN principles and concepts, and more importantly the implementation and application is definitely not

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