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The Basics of Hoshin Kanri

The Basics of Hoshin Kanri

Randy K. Kesterson

August 21, 2014

The problem with most Hoshin Kanri books is that they describe a complex methodology that is overwhelming to most leaders and their organizations. The need to essentially change the culture of the entire organization to make Hoshin work isn’t practical for most companies when first starting out.The...

Implementing Standardized Work: Process Improvement

Implementing Standardized Work: Process Improvement

Alain Patchong

April 01, 2014

This book, the third in a series dedicated to Standardized Work, focuses on process improvement. Implementing Standardized Work: Process Improvement begins by explaining why standardization and process improvement are two sides of the same coin—both needing each other to achieve true...

The Basics of Achieving Professional Certification: Enhancing Your Credentials

The Basics of Achieving Professional Certification: Enhancing Your Credentials

Willis H. Thomas

November 14, 2013

Professional certification has become a very popular topic and a significant number of individuals are making it a priority. Some people are torn on whether or not to obtain a certification to bolster their career. Others see the advantage of diversifying their professional portfolio and pursuing...

The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization

The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen: Leadership for a Continuously Learning and Improving Organization

Mark Graban, Joseph E. Swartz

August 21, 2013

Hospitals and health systems are facing many challenges, including shrinking reimbursements and the need to improve patient safety and quality. A growing number of healthcare organizations are turning to the Lean management system as an alternative to traditional cost cutting and layoffs. "Kaizen,"...

Mapping Clinical Value Streams

Mapping Clinical Value Streams

Thomas L. Jackson

May 20, 2013

Tens of thousands of patients die unnecessarily every year as a result of errors and defects in our healthcare processes. Those that survive often pay too much for the privilege. The value stream mapping methods described in Mapping Clinical Value Streams will help you achieve more efficient health...

Implementing Standardized Work: Writing Standardized Work Forms

Implementing Standardized Work: Writing Standardized Work Forms

Alain Patchong

May 07, 2013

The first book in The One-Day Expert series detailed the initial steps that Thomas, a young, high-potential plant manager in an industrial group, took to assess his plant’s situation through measurement of operators’ performance. The second book in the series, Implementing Standardized Work:...

The Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work: Henry Ford's Universal Code for World-Class Success

The Expanded and Annotated My Life and Work: Henry Ford's Universal Code for World-Class Success

William A. Levinson, Henry Ford, Samuel Crowther

April 18, 2013

Henry Ford's industrial innovations were directly responsible for the transformation of the United States into the most productive, affluent, and powerful nation on Earth. My Life and Work describes exactly how Ford did this in terms of not only manufacturing science, but also economics and...

Popular Manufacturing Myths: Eliminating Widely Held Beliefs That Reduce Competitiveness

Popular Manufacturing Myths: Eliminating Widely Held Beliefs That Reduce Competitiveness

Douglas B. Relyea

April 18, 2013

Addressing the beliefs and attitudes that can be detrimental to your organization’s competitiveness, Popular Manufacturing Myths: Eliminating Widely Held Beliefs That Reduce Competitiveness offers time-tested insight into the most common myths encountered in manufacturing environments. It...

Achieving Lean Changeover: Putting SMED to Work

Achieving Lean Changeover: Putting SMED to Work

John R. Henry

December 08, 2012

Defined as the total process of converting a line or process from one product to another, changeover will not only help your organization improve quality and flexibility, but it will save thousands and sometimes even tens of thousands of dollars per hour.Achieving Lean Changeover: Putting SMED to...

The Modern Theory of the Toyota Production System: A Systems Inquiry of the World’s Most Emulated and Profitable Management System

The Modern Theory of the Toyota Production System: A Systems Inquiry of the World’s Most Emulated and Profitable Management System

Phillip Marksberry

November 27, 2012

Numerous books have been written about Toyota's approach to workplace improvement; however, most describe Toyota's practices as case studies or stories. Designed to aid in the implementation of Lean manufacturing, The Modern Theory of the Toyota Production System: A Systems Inquiry of the World’s...

Implementing Standardized Work: Measuring Operators’ Performance

Implementing Standardized Work: Measuring Operators’ Performance

Alain Patchong

October 29, 2012

This book, the first in The One-Day Expert series dedicated to Standardized Work, is about operator performance measurement. Implementing Standardized Work: Measuring Operators’ Performance explains how to measure the performance of operators quickly and simply without sacrificing...

Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation, Second Edition

Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation, Second Edition

George Koenigsaecker

September 26, 2012

Updated with new information, illustrations, and leadership tools, Leading the Lean Enterprise Transformation, Second Edition describes how the metrics used by Toyota drive every line item in a financial statement in the right direction. Rather than focus on Lean tools and principles, the new...