Read a short introduction to lean.
In this book, author Daniel Markovitz explains the process of making lean as intrinsic to your company as the pursuit of profits, including how to commit to increasing the value provided by doing the right work in the right way.
This book sets a new benchmark for the evolution of lean and strategic improvement, providing a detailed road map for leading, designing, building, implementing, and sustaining a lean business system.
In this Quality Management Journal article (open access), Six Sigma, lean, and simulation modeling are all popular methodologies, but they have rarely been used together in healthcare process improvement. This study explores how the three can be integrated. Subscribe to QMJ.
This book describes in great detail how Goodyear sought to transform its innovation creation processes by learning, understanding, and applying lean product development principles.
For any given contradiction, TRIZ can improve a process by making changes to a process step. Combining TRIZ and lean Six Sigma through a structured approach can reduce the effort and duration of LSS projects by nearly 10 times. Read Faster Lean and Six Sigma Project Completion via TRIZ.
In this month's Quality Progress cover story (open access), learn how the Joint Commission incorporated lean Six Sigma and change management methods into its process improvement program, eventually creating a self-sustaining culture of quality. Subscribe to QP.
This book is based on the definitive mistake-proofing philosophy and system developed by Shigeo Shingo. It introduces the main concepts and benefits of mistake proofing in healthcare and highlights common reasons that errors and defects occur.
Lance Coleman, senior quality engineer at The Tech Group, was approached with figuring how his the company's lean program would work within ISO 9001:2015. In this ASQ TV episode Coleman discusses how this brought him to what he calls lean risk management.
In this episode, see examples of the difference a Six Sigma-level of quality can make, take a look at before and after pictures of lean tools being applied, and hear from teams at Northrop Grumman and Alcoa explain how using lean and Six Sigma in their organization's culture has achieved positive results.
In February's Six Sigma Forum Magazine, Dennis R. Delisle and Kathleen Jaffe detail how Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals in Philadelphia used lean strategies to improve perioperative patient flow.
In the July 2014 issue of Quality Management Journal, Richard Schonberger offers his perspective on the evolution of lean operations and the role of quality management in a lean implementation.
In February's QP, seven lean thinkers share insights on a host of topics, including what it takes to manage a successful implementation and where the lean movement is headed.
Download chapters 1 and 2 of Lean Acres: A Tale of Strategic Innovation and Improvement in a Farm-iliar Setting. The excerpt includes a pretest, foreword, first chapter "The Narrator," and second chapter "Farm-iliar Territory."
Also available: Lean Acres Webcast.
Visit the Lean Enterprise Division for more resources and networking opportunities related to lean, including more than 30 Webinars and articles in the Division's online library.
ASQ has joined the SME/AME/Shingo Prize Lean Certification Alliance and will be working closely with them to guide the strategic direction as well as the administration of the Lean Certification program.