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The world is affected by Coronavirus and many employees have to stay at home and telework. The online meetings and conferencing business is an unintended beneficiary of Covid-19.

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Lean assessment tools review

How many times have we looked for Lean manufacturing assessment tools? For my part, often by spending a lot of time on Google or by asking my fellow consultants. With not always satisfactory results.

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Lean manufacturing – A modernized management model

Many models of Lean Manufacturing coexist as we have seen in our article « 2, 5, 7 or 14 Lean principes ? » and each one has its own merits.

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Design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)

Differences between design for manufacturing (DFM) and design for assembly (DFA)

Design for Manufacturing (DFM) is a design method to reduce the complexity of manufacturing operations and the overall cost of production including the cost of raw materials.

Design for Assembly (DFA) is a design method to facilitate or reduce the assembly operations of parts or components of a product.

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R&D performance improvement guide

If there is one function whose performance is difficult to measure, it is Research and Development. Similarly, to set up processes, standards and rules to improve this performance.

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Why investing in People ? See why they are better assets.

Financiers consider employees as expenses and not investments. Many managers prefer to invest in machines or IT systems rather than people.

But it's a mistake. A financial mistake. A managerial mistake.

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Practical implementation of 5S method

The 5S method is an approach that brings many benefits and is very well accepted by users. Nevertheless, as it is highly visible and changes the way many people work, its implementation must follow a rigorous process.
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2, 5, 7 or 14 Lean principles?

What are the true Lean principles?
Between those of the "TPS house", "Lean Thinking", "Toyota Way 2001", and "The Toyota Way: 14 Management Principles from the World's Greatest Manufacturer", to name only the most popular, which ones should we remember?
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Lean management history

Lean management was neither created in a day, nor only at Toyota. Here is a history of Lean management and how it has evolved from Henry Ford to today.

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What is an organisational performance evaluation?


At first glance, the answer to this question is extremely simple: an organisational performance evaluation consists of evaluating an organisation.

But the scope of the organisation is so vast (strategy, governance, functions, leadership, business processes, tools and information systems...), and the objective of the evaluation is so varied that no two diagnoses are the same.

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The 6 Steps a consultant MUST DO to propose the Right Operational Excellence assessment

In the modern business world, the importance of performing the right operational excellence assessment at exactly the right time in an organisation's life cannot be overstated enough. Oftentimes, these assessments come out of a need to obtain an in-depth, unbiased overview of a business' current capabilities. This usually comes about after managers identify certain operational issues that need to be addressed. Only by gaining the clearest possible picture of where you stand will you have a chance to identify what isn't working and, hopefully, what steps need to be taken to adequately correct those issues.

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DILO (Day In the Life Of) templates

This page gives a few DILO Excel templates and PowerPoint templates. Each template is made to be used according to the DILO methodology and tools page and the DILO How -To practical guide page.

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DILO (Day In the Life Of) How-To practical guide

This page is a practical guide to perform a DILO. It is a follow up of the DILO methodology and tools page describing what is a DILO, its objectives and the general methodology. The templates are in the DILO templates page.

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5 must DO to decide and prepare for an Operational Excellence assessment - Manager's perspective

Context: as a manager, you want to improve your organisation and you wonder whether you should start by an assessment of the current state

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Observation “Day in the Life Of” (DILO) - Analysis method

What is a DILO?

A DILO is the observation of an individual as he performs his normal, everyday job, while the observer makes a written record of each and every activity the worker does. Additionally, the observer records the individual’s quotes, comments and any other data.
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