10 clean desk policy tips

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5S is a Lean tool that is used to make employees aware of their work environment. Employees who know how to keep their workplaces tidy and well-organised yield better order, focus and increased productivity. You will waste less time looking for things you have lost, because you won’t have reason to lose anything. 5S has […]

Basic steps to give you a good start with Lean Kaizen

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Lean implies ‘slim’ and Kaizen means ‘change for the better’. Kaizen is one of the many principles that form the Toyota Production System (TPS). Lean and Kaizen are often used together because the two methods complement each another. Lean helps you create a vision, while Kaizen is the method for making the vision reality. If […]

8 lessons for a successful launch of Lean Six Sigma

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Every company is unique. Of the many organisations that have embarked on the Lean Six Sigma adventure, some have achieved evident success, while it has not (yet) worked for others. Why did it work for some and not for others? Here, we share 8 lessons learned from successes and failures experienced in the implementation of […]

Managing Six Sigma

10 tips for managing Six Sigma

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The implementation of Six Sigma alone doesn’t guarantee better results. How can organisations retain the best Six Sigma processes in order to achieve better results? Here, we give you 10 tips for managing Six Sigma. 1. Involvement The involvement of higher management is essential. In order to ensure this, it’s necessary to first train all […]

Tips for a motivated team

12 tips for a motivated team and better results

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The basis – a motivated team – is important when it comes to the implementation of Lean Six Sigma. A motivated and enthusiastic team can be the factor that determines whether your results are successful or disappointing. A Lean Six Sigma project based on motivation will not just yield passionate teams and involvement from management, […]

Benefits of Lean for employees

The 5 benefits of Lean for shop-floor employees

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The effectiveness of Lean Management is plain to see. Most organisations have achieved cost cutbacks and greater competitiveness. And – importantly – have done so without dismissing employees. These improvements are all good and well, but they mainly benefit the board and the MT. How and why shop-floor employees benefit from the implementation of Lean […]

8 wastes of lean

The 8 Lean wastes

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The elimination of wastes is the core principle of Lean Management. Initially, this applied to production processes (think Toyota). But today, this applies to all types of processes. So, even in your office or home environments, you can work more efficiently if you take note of these wastes. There are, of course, many more wastes […]

Mistakes oops

The 5 Six Sigma implementation mistakes

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(and how to avoid them) Effective Six Sigma implementation leads to positive results for an organisation and good experiences enjoyed by its employees. However, incorrect implementation of Six Sigma can yield disappointing results and cause wastes. When applying Six Sigma to an organisation, five problems can occur and can discourage employees if they are not […]

Change management

Create an organisational culture that accepts Lean

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To successfully transform an organisational culture so that its focus is on Lean is not easy. It means that the entire organisation is faced with challenges, while all employees must be able to cooperate for transformation to succeed. This requires knowledge about new tools and methodologies, as well as a degree of discipline that is […]

Agile software development

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Besides Lean and Six Sigma, there are many other methods of organising or improving processes. Agile Software Development is one of these, and is a highly popular, upcoming IT method. It is a collective term that denotes various software development methods, which include e.g. Scrum, Kanban and Lean software development. Agile Manifesto The term ‘agile’ […]