Lean tools

All Lean tools have:

Detailed content explaining its purpose and practical application
Sensei Tips from industry Lean Sigma experts
Leadership Tips for leaders at all levels to better engage employees
Action Items that are tracked with notifications and allow for Notes and Pictures/Photos

Lean Tools

5S

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The means and methods to ensure areas, files, folders, etc. are systematically kept clean and organized.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of 5S to assist in workplace standardization and organization.
  • Access to the 5S tool with default statements for the categories of Sort, Set-In-Order, Shine, Standardize, Sustain (and Safety).
  • An ability to customize the 5S categories and statements.
  • A Radar Chart displaying the 5S with the Likert scale for the statements.
  • An ability to create the 5S report and for it to be shared.

A3 Project

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The means and methods to “tell the continuous improvement story” in a logical and visual way.

  • An overview of the various types of A3s and how beneficial they can be to concisely present information in a visually appealing manner
  • Access to the A3 Project Report tool with Lean Thinking statements to ensure each section or phase is completed
  • An ability to create the A3 Project report (landscape) and for it to be shared

DMAIC

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The means and methods to use a statistical-based 5 step problem solving methodology.

  • An overview of the powerful methodology of DMAIC
  • Access to the DMAIC tool with Lean Thinking statements to ensure each section or phase is completed
  • An ability to create the DMAIC report and for it to be shared

Gemba Walk

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The means and methods to gain a thorough understanding of the process, ask questions, and provide support and insights.

  • An overview of the importance of the Gemba Walk for leaders and how it can energize an organization
  • Steps to conducting a Gemba Walk
  • Access to the Gemba Walk tool
  • An ability to create the Gemba Walk report and for it to be shared

Waste Walk

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The means and methods to visit a process area being considered for improvement, ask questions, and then identify process waste.

  • An overview of the 12 wastes as well as questions to DETECT each waste, suggested ways to ELIMINATE each waste, and EXAMPLES of each waste
  • An understanding of the importance of a Waste Walk as well as the Elevator Speech
  • Steps to conducting a Waste Walk
  • Access to the Waste Walk tool to document wastes
  • An ability to create the Waste Walk report and for it to be shared

PDCA

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The means and methods to use an iterative four-step problem solving methodology.

  • An overview of the simplistic and powerful methodology of PDCA
  • Access to the PDCA tool with Lean Thinking statements as a guide for each phase
  • A sense of “learning to learn” as a systematic and logical thinking process
  • An ability to create the PDCA report and for it to be shared

Lean Overview and Assessment

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The means and methods to create a baseline for which improvement activities will address.

  • An overview of Lean and Six Sigma, their history as well as the benefits
  • An Organizational Readiness Guide
  • A detailed Lean Sigma Roadmap
  • Access to the Lean Assessment tool with default statements for the categories of Leadership, Customer Focus, Process Management, Employee Management, and Information/Analysis
  • An ability to customize the Lean Assessment categories and statements
  • A Radar Chart displaying the Lean Assessment with the Likert scale for the statements
  • An ability to create the Lean Assessment report and for it to be shared

Mistake Proofing

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The means and methods to thoroughly analyze a process for potential errors.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of Mistake Proofing to anticipate potential problems before implementing process changes
  • Access to the Mistake Proofing tool
  • A Radar Chart displaying the potential and consequence of a proposed activity going work using the Likert scale
  • An ability to create the Mistake Proofing report and for it to be shared

Leadership

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The means and methods to eliminate team issues during a Kaizen Event.

  • An overview of the importance and purpose of effective leadership
  • Detailed descriptions for over 20 leadership tools/practices
  • An ability to diagnosis a situation to determine the best leadership approach to use
  • Access to the Leadership tool
  • An ability to create the Leadership report and for it to be shared

Standard Work

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The means and methods to establish and control the best way to complete a process without variation from the original intent.

  • An overview of the four main tools of Standard Work and an overall understanding of the value of standard work
  • Guidelines to consider when implementing standard work
  • Access to the Standard Work tool with the ability to take videos
  • An ability to create the Standard Work report (landscape) and for it to be shared

Value Stream Mapping

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The means and methods to create a visual representation of the material and information flow as well as queue times between processes for a specific customer demand.

  • An overview of the importance of Value Stream Mapping and the common icons used in visually presenting data and information flow for a service or product line
  • An overview and approach to using a SIPOC Diagram to help identify key process steps
  • Guidelines to consider when creating a Value Stream Map
  • Access to the Value Stream Mapping tool
  • An ability to create the Value Stream Mapping report (landscape) and for it to be shared

Kaizen Project

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The means and methods to determine, plan, and track a Kaizen Event.

  • An overview of the importance Kaizen and Kaizen Events
  • An overview of the various types of Kaizen Events and how they can be adapted to your improvement project
  • An ability to diagnosis a situation to determine the best Kaizen Event to use
  • Access to the Kaizen Project tool
  • An ability to create the Kaizen Project report and for it to be shared

Quality Improvement Tools

Histogram

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The means and methods to collect and utilize data to display the shape and distribution.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Histogram that can display many patterns in the data and terms to describe the spread of data
  • Access to the Histogram tool
  • An ability to create the Histogram report and for it to be shared

Scatter Plot

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The means and methods to collect and display data to study the possible relationship between one variable and another.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Scatter Plot that uses coordinates to display values that represent two variables in a set of data
  • Access to the Scatter Plot tool
  • An ability to create Scatter Plot report and for it to be shared

Pareto Chart

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The means and methods to collect and display data in bar chart format representing the 80/20 Pareto principle.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Pareto Chart to prioritize and break down complex problems into smaller chucks
  • Access to the Pareto Chart tool
  • An ability to create the Pareto Chart report and for it to be shared

Run Chart

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The means and methods to collect and display several data points over time.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Run Chart that can serial data points over time in order see trends and monitor performance.
  • Access to the Run Chart tool
  • An ability to create the Run Chart report and for it to be shared

Impact Map

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The means and methods to identify solutions likely to have the greatest impact on the problem with the least amount of effort.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Impact Map that can help teams identify solutions to a problem that will most likely have the greatest impact with the least amount of effort
  • Access to the Impact Map tool
  • An ability to create Impact Map report and for it to be shared

Stakeholder Analysis

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The means and methods to collect and help determine the key people who have to be influenced project success.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Stakeholder Analysis that identifies key people who have to be influenced for a project to change initiative
  • Access to the Stakeholder Analysis tool
  • An ability to create Stakeholder Analysis report and for it to be shared

5 Whys Analysis

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The means and methods to use organized brainstorming to methodically determine the causes of a problem (i.e., effect).

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the 5 Whys Analysis to assist in determining the true root cause(s) of problems or issues
  • Access to the 5 Whys Analysis tool
  • An ability to create the 5 Whys Analysis report and for it to be shared

Brainstorming

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The means and methods to generate a high volume of ideas that is free of criticism and judgment within a short time period.

  • An overview of the importance and benefits of the Brainstorming to generate a high volume of ideas with team members’ full participation
  • Access to the 5 Whys Analysis tool
  • An ability to create the 5 Whys Analysis report and for it to be shared

Fishbone Diagram

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The means and methods to graphically display and explore, in increasing detail, all the possible causes of a problem or issue.

  • An overview of importance and benefits of the Cause and Effect (or Fishbone) Diagram to assist in determining the true root cause(s) of problems or issues
  • Access to the Fishbone Diagram tool
  • An ability to create the Fishbone Diagram report and for it to be shared

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