I recently came across a good post about fishbone
diagrams on Christian
Paulsen's Lean Leadership blog.
Fishbones (also called cause-and-effect, C&E or
Ishikawa diagrams) help you brainstorm potential causes of a
problem--and see relationships among potential causes. Brainstorming frequently gets a bad rap. Some people have had
bad experiences with brainstorming sessions that were too loose,
and... Continue Reading
Value stream mapping is a tremendously valuable tool
for improving a process, but it requires patience and careful
attention to details. In an earlier post, I shared some
stream map guidelines to help ensure that the energy you invest
pays off. Here are some additional items to consider.
Identify critical paths and bottlenecks.Your map may reveal a number of potential areas... Continue Reading
Value stream mapping is a
cornerstone of the Lean process improvement methodology, and also
is a recognized tool used in Six Sigma. A value stream map
illustrates the flow of materials and information as a product or
service moves through a process. Creating a “current state” value
stream map can help you identify waste and also makes it easier to
envision an improved state for process in the... Continue Reading
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