Introduction to Lean Leadership Video

In our previous two posts, we revealed our basic Introduction to Lean Healthcare Video and Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video.  In this post, we are releasing our Introduction Lean Management video.  This series of animated cartoons covers the basics of managing a Lean Operation including the role of the management team, coaching techniques such as the improvement kata, lean accounting, and other key concepts of lean management.  Also, we wanted to remind you of our upcoming Lean Certification training in Orange County.  Please visit our website for details at http://www.emsstrategies.com.

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Introduction to Lean Healthcare Video

In our last post, we released our Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video.  Today, we are releasing another basic series of videos entitled Introduction to Lean Healthcare.  The intent  is to provide the viewer with the basic concepts of Lean Healthcare including terminology and basic methods.  Please share the video below with those who need to understand the basics of lean healthcare.  For more in depth training, check our schedule for off-site Lean Healthcare training or our very popular online Lean Healthcare Certification program.

Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video

At EMS Consulting Group, we offer a number of Online Lean training classes and certification programs, and we have recently released the schedule for our off-site Lean Certification programs include Lean Manufacturing Certification and Lean Office Certification, both of which begin in August 2014 in Southern California.  While these offer an in-depth training, similar to those we offer in our off-site training programs and those we offer to our clients on-site, we thought we would provide the general public with a series of videos that introduce Lean Manufacturing.  This Introduction to Lean video below consists of a series of lean manufacturing animated cartoons that we’ve created, and it is intended to give viewers a very basic knowledge of lean manufacturing and its terminology and concepts.  If you know of someone that needs the basic concepts of lean, please feel free to share this post or the video below.

Lean, Kaizen, and Continuous Improvement

What is management’s role in continuous improvement?  Very often, management folks believe that their role is to tell their employees what to do, solve their problems, and identify better ways to carry out their work.   When you mention continuous improvement to them, they talk about projects lead by “experts.”  But, can this actually be called continuous improvement?  While projects and rapid improvement events work very well for making breakthrough improvements, they are not really “continuous improvement.”   They are step improvements at points in time.   Continuous improvement requires day-to-day recognition of problems and identification of solutions, a continuous quest toward providing defect free products, services, and information to the customer when they are needed.  The people who do the work are allowed to identify problems and even propose and implement solutions.  Management creates the environment for this to happen and provides the support and resources.  Engineers provide expertise in problem solving and faciltiate the development and application of countermeasures to problems.

Following is a short cartoon about continuous improvement; feel free to share it with your colleagues.

Lean for the Office: Workcells, Smaller Batches, and One Piece Flow

EMS Consulting Group has recently migrated our Google knol articles to WordPress.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with us, we offer lean consulting, training, and online training services plus other resources including a monthly continuous improvement newsletter.  We have recently posted a new video to YouTube entitled “Lean Office: Workcells and Flow.”  While it has been gaining in popularity, the concept of applying lean to the office environment is still largely underutilized or misunderstood.   This brief animation is about application of the concepts of one piece flow and cells to office environments.

Lean Office: Workcells and Flow

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