Read a short introduction to lean approaches and tools.
Performance management, the primary focus of a Lean organization, occurs through continuous improvement programs. The Lean Management Systems Handbook details the critical components required for sustainable Lean management.
In this Quality for Life video, ASQ member Daro Mott shares how quality helped city leaders in Louisville implement process improvement and lean methodologies.
Lean 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.
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.
With 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.
In 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.
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 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.
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.
In 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.
In 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.
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," as well as the book's full table of contents and index.
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.