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By Xavier Perrin (xperrin@xp-consulting.fr) This article is dedicated to Keith FitzPatrick and all those passionate people who are taking part to the discussion initiated by Keith on the APICS Group on LinkedIn : “Kanban to the masses… not for beer drinking though!” Kanban is a well-known and powerful method. Kanban…

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By Xavier Perrin (xperrin@xp-consulting.fr) When they are talking about their customers’ expectations, all the managers of manufacturing companies say without hesitation products and services quality, short lead times (speed), high customer service level (dependability), and the ability to adjust to the demands (flexibility), in addition to low costs. When they…

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By Xavier Perrin (xperrin@xp-consulting.fr) The lean approach, often discussed in this blog, is now considered essential for our companies’ competitiveness. At the same time, this approach is becoming more and more criticized. Disappointment is often observed when the results don’t meet the expectations, or don’t last. And sometimes, although the…

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By Xavier Perrin (xperrin@xp-consulting.fr) In most of the recently published books about lean, an 8th waste (muda) is added to the “7 wastes according to Toyota”. Next to over-production, waiting, inventory, corrections, motion, transportation and over-processing, “unused people skills” is indeed mentioned. Blue collars immediately come to mind: appointed only…

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By Xavier Perrin (xperrin@xp-consulting.fr) It has been about thirty years that continuous improvement (kaizen) has first started being discussed. In many companies though, kaizen is still considered a management “option”. Operators and employees are not involved in the continuous improvement of performance. Kaizen actions are then led by production, quality…

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