Lean Thoughts

How ERP Supports Lean

For a long time, the idea of implementing ERP and getting lean seemed like they were worlds apart.  ERP was robust and embraced all aspects of the business: [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: November 16, 2017

Three Key Pillars of Lean Transformation

We like highlighting and learning from stories about companies getting “lean” because helping manufacturing and distribution companies become more competitive through lean processes supported by good software is [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: April 6, 2017

How Six Sigma Can Boost Your ERP Benefits

In our March 31, 2016 post we discussed how the tool set known as Six Sigma can help firms save a lot of money by enabling continuous improvement throughout [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: April 21, 2016

Simplify Your Lean: Getting the Most Bang for the Least Buck

Taiichi Ohno, father of the Toyota Production System, once said of the lean approach that “All we are doing is looking at the timeline from the moment the [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: April 5, 2016

The Seven Wastes

APICS fans will recall that Shigeo Shingo – the master of lean manufacturing and Toyota waste reduction – first coined the notion of the 7 wastes of manufacturing.  [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: May 26, 2015

A Primer on the Basic Simplicity of Lean Six Sigma

In manufacturing two sets of concepts are often discussed (though less often implemented).  These are “lean” and “six sigma.”  Each when applied in its own right brings enhanced [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: March 31, 2015

What People Sometimes Forget About Lean

Richard Schonberger is the author of over a dozen books on Lean, Six Sigma and process improvement.  In the most recent issue of APICS Magazine he casts an [...]


Posted By Comments: 0 0Post Date: February 10, 2015