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100th Anniversary of the Death of Frederick Winslow Taylor, the Father of Modern Scientific Management

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Frederick Winslow Taylor It was exactly 100 years ago today that Frederick Winslow Taylor died. He is considered the father of modern scientific management, the first management consultant, president of the ASME, and the first management guru. He invented and patented the first modern tool... http://www.allaboutlean.com/100th-anniversary-death-taylor/
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The Seven Types of Waste (Muda) – Bonus: Now with 24 More Types of Waste Absolutely Free!

The Seven Types of Waste (Muda) – Bonus: Now with 24 More Types of Waste Absolutely Free! | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
One popular and well-known concept of the Toyota Production System is the elimination of waste, in Japanese also called muda (無駄). It is one of the three evils of manufacturing systems, the others being unevenness (mura, 斑) and overburden (muri, 無理). In this post I would like to go through the de... http://www.allaboutlean.com/muda/
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Advantages and Disadvantages of CONWIP in Comparison with Kanban

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CONWIP-go-round with different parts – like roller coaster seats with people In my last posts I discussed the basics of CONWIP systems (Constant Work In Progress) and answered some frequently asked questions Part 1 and Part 2 on CONWIP. Overall, CONWIP is a pretty cool alternative to kanban, a... http://www.allaboutlean.com/conwip-comparison/
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Frequently Asked Questions on CONWIP Systems (Constant Work in Progress) – Part 1

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CONWIP-go-round with different parts – like roller coaster seats with people In the last post, I started with the basics of a CONWIP system, where CONWIP stands for Constant Work In Progress. However, there are some more frequently asked questions that are also important for CONWIP. These I w... http://www.allaboutlean.com/conwip-faq1/
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Shop Floor Etiquette – Part 2

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A little courtesy often goes a long way! This is the second post of a two-post series on shop floor etiquette. I find this a very necessary post, as I have way too often observed visitors to the shop floor lacking manners (and occasionally, I may have lacked manners myself ). Hence, please... http://www.allaboutlean.com/shop-floor-etiquette2/
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Introduction to One-Piece Flow Leveling – Part 2 Implementation

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One successful approach to leveling is one-piece flow leveling (also known as single-piece flow or continuous flow). Last week I described the theory. This week I talk about implementation, and its combination with capacity leveling. I also look at what else there is in leveling. It is not EPEI... http://www.allaboutlean.com/one-piece-flow-leveling2/
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The Folly of EPEI Leveling in Practice – Part 2

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In my last post, I started to show the main reasons why EPEI leveling with a fixed repeating schedule so often fails (for details on EPEI leveling, see Theory of Every Part Every Interval (EPEI) Leveling). This post continues with more reasons and also gives some advice on how to reduce the... http://www.allaboutlean.com/flaws-of-epei-leveling-part-2/
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Theory of Every Part Every Interval (EPEI) Leveling, Also Known as Heijunka

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Probably among the most popular leveling approaches is Every Part Every Interval (EPEI). Often, this is the method people mean when they talk about leveling (also known as heijunka [平準化]). The theory about this type of leveling is not very difficult. Unfortunately, hard facts of reality often nul... http://www.allaboutlean.com/epei-pattern-leveling/
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Why to do Leveling (Heijunka)

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Production leveling, also known as heijunka (平準化) or production smoothing, is one of the hottest topics in lean manufacturing. Successful leveling is considered one of the highest achievements in lean manufacturing. Unfortunately, if the production system is not ready for leveling, it also has lo... http://www.allaboutlean.com/why-leveling/
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Bottleneck Management Part 3 – Bottleneck Decoupling and Capacity Improvement

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Bottleneck detection and management are important in managing or increasing your production capacity. In the first post of this series I talked about fundamentals and improving utilization. The second post looked at the impact of planning on the overall production capacity.  This final post in t... http://www.allaboutlean.com/bottleneck-management-decoupling/
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Bottleneck Management Part 1 – Introduction and Utilization

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In the past I’ve written a few posts with some nifty methods on how to find the bottleneck (The Bottleneck Walk – Practical Bottleneck and The Active Period Method), and some warnings of which methods don’t work. In this post I would like to go into more detail on what to do once you ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/bottleneck-management-utilization/
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Common Mistakes of Top Executives – A Lean Analysis of "Undercover Boss"

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I occasionally watch the reality show Undercover Boss, where top executives work undercover in their own companies. Over and over again I see these managers making the same mistake: They have no understanding whatsoever of what is really happening on the front lines. It is a typical case of not... http://www.allaboutlean.com/undercover-boss/
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Lean Shop Floor Visit Checklist – Top 4 Things to Watch in the Factory

Lean Shop Floor Visit Checklist – Top 4 Things to Watch in the Factory | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Check my List! Due to popular demand related to my two posts on “Make Your Plant Tour a Success!” and “How to Misguide Your Visitor – or What Not to Pay Attention to During a Plant Visit!,” I have created a  checklist for a lean visit to a manufacturing shop floor for y... http://www.allaboutlean.com/shop-floor-visit-checklist/
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Lies, Damned Lies, and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) – Part 1 Examples

Lies, Damned Lies, and Key Performance Indicators (KPI) – Part 1 Examples | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Don’t get too excited about your numbers! Statistical measurements, usually called key performance indicators (KPIs) are found on pretty much every shop floor and in every company. Many management decisions are made based on KPI. Unfortunately, these numbers are often not reliable at... http://www.allaboutlean.com/kpi-lies-examples/
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How a Planned Economy Can Screw Up an Entire Country – Analogy between Cuba's Communist Economy and Push Systems

How a Planned Economy Can Screw Up an Entire Country – Analogy between Cuba's Communist Economy and Push Systems | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Over Christmas I escaped the cold weather in Germany and relaxed on the warm beaches in Cuba. Of course, being a lean expert, I was also interested in the Cuban economy. As a communist economy (or more precisely, a socialist economy), it is based on centralized planning. In comparison, the... http://www.allaboutlean.com/cuba-economy-1/
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Frequently Asked Questions on CONWIP Systems (Constant Work in Progress) – Part 2

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CONWIP-go-round with different parts – like roller coaster seats with people In the last two posts I described the basics of a CONWIP system and started with the frequently asked questions on CONWIP, where CONWIP stands for Constant Work In Progress. However, there are some more frequently as... http://www.allaboutlean.com/conwip-faq2/
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Basics of CONWIP Systems (Constant Work in Progress)

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CONWIP -go-round with different parts – like roller coaster seats with people There is broad agreement in industry that a pull system is in almost all cases better than a push system. The most famous way to establish a pull system is to use a kanban system. The idea of kanban is so much a... http://www.allaboutlean.com/conwip-basics/
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Shop Floor Etiquette – Part 1

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A little courtesy often goes a long way! There is often a distinct lack of appreciation and good manners toward shop floor employees. Yet, lean manufacturing happens on the shop floor. Not in Excel, not in PowerPoint, not in meeting rooms. As such, you need to become part of the shop floor in... http://www.allaboutlean.com/shop-floor-etiquette1/
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Introduction to One-Piece Flow Leveling – Part 1 Theory

Introduction to One-Piece Flow Leveling – Part 1 Theory | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
One successful approach to leveling is one-piece flow leveling, which I would like to talk about today. Another successful approach is capacity leveling. These can also be combined. (But please do yourself a favor and stay a way from a longer fixed repeating schedule EPEI leveling.) As the name ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/one-piece-flow-leveling1/
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The Folly of EPEI Leveling in Practice – Part 1

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In my last post I presented the EPEI leveling pattern (also known as EPEC, EPEx, Heijunka, fixed repeating pattern, or simply leveling). While in theory this approach looks pretty solid, in my experience it rarely works in practice. In fact, most of these types of leveling that I have seen were ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/flaws-of-epei-leveling-part-1/
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An Introduction to Capacity Leveling

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One approach towards leveling (also known as heijunka [平準化] or production smoothing) is capacity leveling: Do not add more production orders into the system than what the system can handle. Try to produce the same total quantity every day. Doable for almost everybody, and one of my favorites. In ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/capacity-leveling/
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A Critical Look at Goldrath's Drum-Buffer-Rope Method

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Eliyahu Goldratt developed different methods on how to manage production systems. These methods are nowadays known as the Theory of Constraints, or TOC for short. One key method described is called Drum-Buffer-Rope, or DBM for short. Similar to Kanban or CONWIP, it aims to constrain the work in... http://www.allaboutlean.com/drum-buffer-rope/
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Philip Marris's curator insight, December 20, 2014 6:26 AM

I don't agree with most of this article but I post it here to promote plurality in people's points of view. There several factual errors. In my experience you don't even have to choose; you can use Kanban in some situations and DBR or S-DBR in others.

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Bottleneck Management Part 2 – Improve Bottleneck Planning

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Bottleneck detection and management are important when managing or increasing your production capacity. In the first post of this series, I talked about fundamentals and improving utilization. This second post looks at the impact of planning on the overall production capacity. Just as a quick... http://www.allaboutlean.com/bottleneck-management-planning/
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The Difference Between Lean and Six Sigma

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Lean Six Sigma (also abbreviated as 6σ) seems to be everywhere in industry nowadays. There are tons of consultants, job offers, projects, and articles about Lean Six Sigma. In this post, I would like to talk about where Six Sigma comes from, its difference from lean manufacturing, the reason for ... http://www.allaboutlean.com/lean-and-six-sigma/
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Seven Gadgets for the Basic Lean Toolkit

Seven Gadgets for the Basic Lean Toolkit | AllAboutLean.com | Scoop.it
Lean happens on the shop floor. When working hands-on in manufacturing, there are a number of items that can help you. Throughout the years I have optimized a small lean toolkit that I bring with me for my everyday practical work. Here are seven gadgets that help me to do lean on the shop floor.... http://www.allaboutlean.com/lean-toolkit/
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