Lean

Learn the Basics

Read a short introduction to lean approaches and tools.

Lean Potion #9

P1568-MLean Potion #9 demonstrates that communication is a process and illustrates how lean champions like you can adapt familiar lean concepts and tools--such as Five S, PDCA, and the 7 Wastes--to address miscommunications that cause unbudgeted costs, confusion, and frustration. Lean Potion #9 is a call to action for leaders at all levels to embrace the power of lean to reengineer communication processes.

Let It Flow

SSFMv14i2In 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.

A Wisconsin School District's Lean Route to Improving Student Literacy

KASD photo 2With student literacy scores becoming stagnant, Kimberly Area School District used lean tools to address one of the most complex issues facing teachers. Read the case study.

Everything Is 5S

QMJ v21 i4 coverIn the October 2014 issue of Quality Management Journal, Dennis R. Delisle and Valentina Freiberg offer a case study that demonstrates how the 5S framework is an effective and simple model for process design and improvement in a preadmission testing center.

Quality Management and Lean: A Symbiotic Relationship

QMJ cover v21 i3In 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.

The Lean Handbook

H1403-KCIn this handbook you will find information related to the joint lean certification program of SME, AME, The Shingo Prize, and ASQ. Use this book to enhance your understanding of the certification’s Body of Knowledge (BOK) as a whole and to give you a more holistic look at lean.

Preview a sample chapter and the full table of contents.

Learning From Experience 

QP: 2nd month 2014 CoverIn 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.

 

Easy Lean Training Exercises 

Lean Division - Easy Training - BingoIn a webinar for members of the Lean Enterprise Division, Tony Manos introduces several low-cost lean training exercises that are easy to run. Exercises covered include "The 5S Numbers Game," "Visual Workplace--Hide & Seek," "Lean Lingo Bingo!" and more. 

The Holistic Approach to Lean

HolisticLeanIn a webinar for the Service Quality Division, Mike Micklewright explores the fundamental principles of lean, the organizational culture required for success, and "must-know" secrets for adapting lean approaches across different industries.

Lean Acres, Chapters 1 and 2

H1408-MDownload 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," as well as the book's full table of contents and index. 

Also available: Lean Acres Webcast.


Lean Enterprise Division
 

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.    

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 Certification

Lean Certification (SME/AME/Shingo Prize/ASQ Partnership)

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.

Learn more about certification.

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