Scrum uitgelicht

Scrum vs Lean

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Although, as a rule, Lean management can be applied to all imaginable processes in any organisation, every manager has his or her own preference for a certain method. What makes one method better than the other? Due to the growing popularity of agile software development, this article will take a closer look at Scrum, one […]

Lean thinking

Lean thinking in 6 steps

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Many organisations have already benefited from Lean. Lean, in fact, eliminates all wastes from all imaginable process with the aim of shortening the period between customer order and end product. In Lean, it is also important for the focus to be on the customer. With such focus in place, the six steps being discussed can […]

Pareto uitgelicht

Pareto Chart

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When analysing processes, the Pareto Chart is a useful tool for charting the relation between the cause and effect of problems. The theory behind the Pareto Chart dates back to 1897 when Italian economist Vilfreda Pareto developed a formula for describing the unequal distribution of wealth in his country. It later became known as the […]

A3 report

A3 report

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A structured and systematic approach is necessary in order to solve process problems in organisations with Lean Six Sigma. Such an approach is possible with the use of the DMAIC cycle: Define, Measure, Analyse, Improve and Control. There are tools for every phase that can be used to ensure the success of a Lean Six […]

VSM

Value Stream Map (Value Stream Analysis)

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To improve processes, it is important to map them first. A popular tool used for this purpose is the Value Stream Map, also known as the value stream analysis. It can be used to analyse the stream (flow) of products, services and information so that improvements can subsequently be implemented. The value stream is a […]

Improvement board

Introducing Lean? Start with an improvement board!

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Lean organisations are versatile and adaptable. Consider Lionel Messi, top Argentine striker. His success is thanks to the fact that he takes twice as many steps during manoeuvres as his opponents, so he quickly dodges them. The same applies to the implementation of Lean. This is best done by taking many small steps as opposed […]

Kanban

Kanban

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Everyone probably knows how supermarket shelf packers fill the shelves. Products closest to their use-by dates are packed in front with newer products behind them. This is also known as FIFO (First In First Out). The goal is to always keep the shelves as full as possible because this is most attractive to customers. But […]

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Get medical practitioners involved in Lean Six Sigma

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It perhaps goes without saying that the healthcare sector is one of the most complicated industries when it comes to incorporating quality systems. Because of this, most Lean Six Sigma Black Belts fail in healthcare, having initially thought that all sectors are the same. Although this is the case in truth, these Six Sigma Black […]

Characteristics Green Belt

The 20 characteristics of a Green Belt

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Once you have completed Green Belt training, you will be the holder of an official Lean Six Sigma Green Belt certificate. This will mean that  undergone six days of intensive training and have  A (potentially large) part of your tasks will consist of managing a process improvement team. Although you already possess all the necessary […]

Kaizen

Kaizen Lean: change for better

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Kaizen Lean is the Japanese equivalent of continuous improvement. It literally means “change for better”. Kaizen is one of the many principles of the Toyota Production System (TPS). TPS has formed the basis for Lean Management. Kaizen and Hansei are two words that you will often hear together. Hansei represents the principle of “mistakes are fine, […]