Articles, white papers, interviews & case studies on business improvement & operational excellence: Six Sigma, Lean, Toyota Production System, continuous improvement, Kaizen & more.
Toyota in crisis: what now for Continuous Improvement?
With over 10m vehicles recalled in the last 6 months, Toyota's reputation for quality has been seriously called into question. How does this affect quality programmes based on the same principles?
Posted: 09 Feb 2010
An Application of the Quality Transfer Function - part 1
In a previous article, y=f(x) was disproved as a transfer function, and a new formula for quality as a transformation proposed. This white paper describes its application in innovative systems such as kinetic recovery system (KERS). Part 1 looks at Useful work versus Worthwhile work on a single-piece flow line.
Posted: 16 Dec 2009
Review - Staying Lean: thriving not just surviving
How do you do less improvement but make it stick? How do we work better on the vital few? How do you incorporate green issues into your Lean programme? These and other questions were explored in a seminar hosted by Professor Peter Hines, chairman of the Lean Enterprise Research Centre and SA Partners.
Posted: 11 Dec 2009
A3 reporting: the tool that drives Toyota
Based around Deming's PDCA cycle, A3 Thinking utilises a simple yet innovative reporting system, designed as part of the Toyota Production System, that can be used for decision making, problem solving and process redesign.
Posted: 16 Jul 2009
The improvementandinnovation.com review of 2007
As one year ends and another begins, its time to look back at the news, events, debates and topics that took place over the last twelve months, from Nardelli to Blitz Sigma.
Posted: 07 Jan 2008
Can Lean Save the NHS?
A recent radio programme speculated that 'Lean Manufacturing' might be able to help the UKs ailing National Health Service.
Posted: 31 Jan 2007