Tag Archives: lean

5 fundamentals of lean

The access Group is a consulting firm working across a wide range of sectors.  They have a wide range of resources (here) on the subject of lean from which I have selected an article that talks about the five basic … Continue reading

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Online operations management case studies

businesscasestudies.com has free OM case studies on the following topics: Business organisation Continuous improvement Customer service Efficiency Health & safety Innovation Lean production Location of business Management of change Merger and acquisition New product development New technology Product development Production … Continue reading

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MoreSteam’s knowledge centre

MoreSteam are an American consulting firm specialising in lean six sigma.  Their Knowledge Center has some interesting resources (here), including: short tutorials on aspects of lean six sigma papers and articles lean six sigma encyclopaedia that defines 400 different terms … Continue reading

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Building Cars: Secrets of the Assembly Line

If you did not see Building Cars: Secrets of the Assembly Line when it was broadcast live in 2015, it is currently available on the iPlayer (here).  It lasts for 90 minutes and tells you nearly everything you need to … Continue reading

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Lean is fun

This video looks at how transportation is adopting lean and agile practices.  It is filmed by an ops aficionado who clearly believes “lean is fun”. PS I particularly liked the candle poka yoke.

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Operations Insight: Siemans UK cheshire plant

In 1990, 400 workers produced 50,000 units at the Siemans factory in Cheshire.  Today, the same number of workers produce over 1 million units.  This article on manufacturer.com website explains how the adoption of lean practices and digital technologies made … Continue reading

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Just-in-time….

This seems an appropriate moment in history for us to remind ourselves about lean and just-in-time manufacturing processes.  This video does it for you…

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Sharing in Growth

Sharing in Growth is a transformation programme which aims to raise the operations capability of UK aerospace suppliers in order to ensure this country shares in the growth of aerospace and other global markets.  “The scheme provides concentrated training and … Continue reading

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Lean six sigma applied to service operations

In our book (page 18) we argue that manufacturing and service operations are not so different, except for the the concept of “simultaneity/inseparability” i.e. direct delivery of the offer to the consumer.  Even so there is a danger that some … Continue reading

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Toyota Production System manufacturing fork lifts

This is an interesting promo video for two reasons.  First, most videos about the Toyota Production System (TPS) are filmed in car manufacturing plants – but this video shows fork lift trucks being manufactured.  Second, it focuses primarily on how … Continue reading

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