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We hosted an impromptu poll on our website where we asked “What Lean initiative tops your priority list in 2014?” We gave them the following choices just to simplify the responses:

  • 5S
  • Cellular/Flow
  • Pull Systems/Kanban
  • Kaizen/Continuous Improvement
  • Total Productive Maintenance

The results surprised me a little. I was shocked to see 5S being the largest percentage of responses; but then I thought that this probably made sense for two reasons: 1) many companies start their lean journey with 5S, and 2) it was probably biased since the website is 5S Supply (although we carry everything lean). The next thing that caught my eye was that Cellular/Flow had no responses – zero. Flow is one of the things that we are trying to create with lean so I was amazed to see that no one responded that they would have a focus on it this year. It was nice to see that 21 percent of the respondents selected Kaizen/Continuous Improvement as a major priority. I think organizations get too caught up in only using Kaizen Events (a.k.a. Rapid Improvement Events, Kaizen Blitz, etc.) and forget about the daily kaizen – as our friends Bruce Hamilton and Pat Wardwell from GBMP said it in their book (e2 Continuous Improvement System) “Everybody, Everyday”. To finish out the poll, only some responded that they would focus on creating Pull Systems/Kanban and even fewer mentioned Total Productive Maintenance (TPM).

I know this was just a quick polling questions and I wouldn’t read too much into the results, but what do you think?

2014 Lean Priority Poll Results

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I am pleased to announce that “The Lean Handbook” is now available at 5S Supply.

When I was asked a while back if I was interested in being an editor for this book, I was genuinely humbled by the offer. To me, putting together one tome that would sum up the Lean Bronze Certification Body of Knowledge seemed like a task suited for scholars more well-versed in lean than I was. I graciously accepted the offer and thus the journey began.

In order to write a book of this magnitude we enlisted help from several lean experts and authors to help stitch together all the rubrics of the Lean Body of Knowledge (BOK). I personally like to thank each and every one of them for giving and sharing their time, thoughts, stories and expertise.

Contributing Authors:

Chris Abrey Matt Maio Govind Ramu
Andy Carlino David Mann Rama Shankar
Adil Dalal Brian Maskell Greg Stocker
Grace Duffy Tim McMahon Chad Vincent (Co-editor)
David S. Foxx Dr. Mark Morgan Pat Wardwell
Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth Frank Murdock Jerry Wright
Bruce Hamilton Mike Osterling
John Kendrick Bob Petruska

There is so much to talk about this handbook that I hope to write some additional blogs as time allows.

Thanks and I hope you enjoy it! – Tony

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