Posted on : September 7, 2016
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Category : Operations
Georgia Tech Supply Chain & Logistics Institute (GTSCL). How to maximize employee engagement toward C-level goals, how the work inside of an organization can connect to C-level targets, and how to maximize value at the lowest cost with respect for employees.

Implementing Lean

  • Specify ‘value’, from the standpoint of the customer.
  • Identify all steps in the value stream, eliminating those steps that do not create value.
  • Run the ‘value steps’ in tight sequence, so the product flows smoothly towards the customer.
  • As flow is introduced, let customers ‘pull’ value from the next upstream activity.
  • Start again. Continue honing the process until a state of perfection is reached in which value is created with no waste.

Five guiding principles

  1. Involve people: engage colleagues to improve continuously through waste elimination and problem solving.
  2. Build in quality: engineer processes to make them mistake-proof, thus preventing errors before they happen.
  3. Reduce lead times: establish a continuous flow of materials, equipment and process such that products are pulled through the supply chain at the right place, the right time and in the right quantity.
  4. Standardize: document the best practices and make sure they are followed.
  5. Improve continuously: no matter how good a process seems, there’s always room to improve it. Your competitors are working on it.