Practice Running Projects

Practice Running Projects

Projects are a big part of almost every type of business. Most organizations break up different types of work into projects to help ensure they get done in the most efficient and economical way possible. A project is a set of tasks that is interconnected and designed to help achieve a specific goal. Projects should

Heijunka – Creating Flow

Heijunka – Creating Flow

The word Heijunka is often used in the manufacturing industry, and it means sequencing, or smoothing of production. The idea behind this term is to help absorb sudden fluctuations or changes in the demand of the market. This is often done by producing several different models of a product, in smaller production batches. In practice,

Taking a Look at Company Culture

Taking a Look at Company Culture

When getting ready to interview for a new position, most people focus their efforts on getting themselves ready to impress the people who they will be interviewed by. While this is certainly important, one should also take the time to try to figure out whether or not the company culture is a good fit for

Let’s Discuss (VOC) Voice of Customer

Let’s Discuss (VOC) Voice of Customer

Most companies have some sort of VOC program in place, though how effective it is will vary greatly from company to company. The VOC, or voice of customers, is an essential tool companies can use to determine whether their customers are satisfied with the products or services they are delivering. There are a variety of

Symptoms of Bad Management

Symptoms of Bad Management

When people think of bad managers they often first think about employees complaining about their boss. Of course, bad managers will often have problems with the people who report to them, but that is not the only way to identify problems with a manager’s way of getting things done. In fact, it is not even

The Effects of Workplace Engagement

The Effects of Workplace Engagement

According to surveys performed by Gallup, only about 13% of all employees in the world are engaged in their jobs. This is a shockingly low number, considering how much effort many employers put into increasing their employee engagement levels. Most employers know that having actively engaged employees will help them with their bottom line, but

Kaizen Continuous Improvement

Kaizen Continuous Improvement

Many people mistakenly think that Kaizen is only used for short term improvement events and other onetime improvement hits. The fact is, however, Kaizen should be used to help build a culture of continuous improvement in a facility. This will include Kaizen events but it should continue on much longer than that. The following comments really help

Operator Based Care

Operator Based Care

The idea behind operator based care is that people who work with a particular piece of machinery are the ones who are best suited to identify and perform the general day to day maintenance of the machine.  They will notice, for example, if the machine starts making an odd noise or is running low on