Category: Lean Six Sigma

Lean and Six Sigma discussions and opinions

Jidoka and Autonomation

What are Jidoka and Autonomation?

Within Lean Manufacturing there is a strong emphasis on ensuring that defects or problems in the manufacturing process get fixed as soon as they occur. It is so important to catch defects as soon as they occur that the idea of using machines and automation to help spot […]

Muda Mura, Muri in Lean

Lean Efficiency in Agile – Muda, Mura, Muri

Lean identifies several areas that cause or create inefficient systems. Originally part of the Toyota Production System, these inefficiencies are classified into three distinct groups. Muda: Waste (See 8 Types of Muda Waste in Lean) Mura: Irregularity Muri: Overburden These Lean inefficiencies apply to Agile and are just as […]

The Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect

The Hawthorne Effect was first conceptualized after studies conducted in the 1920s and 1930s at Western Electrical Company’s Hawthorne Works in Chicago. Researchers were trying to study ways to improve productivity. In order to carry out these studies, the researchers worked with various groups of employees and implemented various […]

Kanban Board

What is Kanban?

Kanban in Agile is more than just the kanban boards, and the kanban boards are not even required. Within Agile, Kanban stresses a need for a visual workplace. Kanban boards were created to satisfy that requirement. If you would prefer to learn about Kanban in a quicker video […]

7 Concepts of Lean in Agile

7 Core Concepts of Lean

The 7 Core Concepts of Lean 1. Eliminate Waste Time and resources cost money. Extra time and resources beyond what you require, make things more expensive than they need to be. To maximize the value, you must work to minimize the waste. Improving the efficiency of the process […]

Complete List of Agile Frameworks

Comprehensive List of Agile Frameworks

  This is meant to be a list of all known existing Agile frameworks and methodologies. Each framework contains a general overview and links to find additional information. Not all Agile frameworks or methodologies are isolated to software development projects. It should be noted that Agile is not […]

5S, Lean Six Sigma

5S Outside of Manufacturing

What I want to explore here are ideas on how to use Lean Manufacturing to help waste reduction in areas outside of manufacturing. When I worked in manufacturing, everything was about Lean Six Sigma. Outside of manufacturing, that sort of cultural drive to improve doesn’t seem to be […]

Lean Six Sigma

Business Process Waste Across Silos

Lean, while primarily known for manufacturing, has many tools and ideas that can apply to many industries that have no manufacturing component. Services have wastes, business and operational processes can have waste, software engineering and development has waste… you can find waste everywhere. In Lean, efficiency falls into […]