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Extending Lean Initiatives across the Organization
Companies everywhere have realized the need for greater efficiency and improved quality within the enterprise to stay productive and competitive in today's

lean organization  Lean Initiatives across the Organization Companies everywhere have realized the need for greater efficiency and improved quality within the enterprise to stay productive and competitive in today's business environment. In order to obtain these efficiencies, corporations have turned to the successful model used by manufacturers for years known as lean, just-in-time (JIT), or kaizen. The fundamental goal of lean manufacturing includes the reduction of waste increase in productivity and improved Read More
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Managing Costs More Effectively: Sustaining a Lean Organization in Demanding Times
All midsize and larger companies think they have systems in place to manage costs, so they give this issue little ongoing thought. They may be blind to the

lean organization  More Effectively: Sustaining a Lean Organization in Demanding Times All midsize and larger companies think they have systems in place to manage costs, so they give this issue little ongoing thought. They may be blind to the limitations of the systems they’re using and the improvements to cost management they can achieve. This paper identifies the information technology (IT) components used in cost management to enable finance executives to identify areas of improvement. Read More
Lean Manufacturing: Reaping the Rewards of Lean through Response Management
For years, manufacturers have been driven by sales forecasts and the need to maximize production efficiency at every level of operation. But in order to be

lean organization  than mass producers. A lean organization can make twice as much product with twice the quality, at half the cost, with half the labor and space, and with a fraction of the normal work-in-process inventory. Lean management is about operating the most efficient and effective organization possible, with the least cost and zero waste, while meeting customer demand. Successful lean manufacturers know that lean is a corporate vision that touches everyone from design, to product management, to marketing, and Read More
How to Achieve Lean Manufacturing
Lean manufacturing is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes. The five main steps to

lean organization  important to reiterate that lean is a transformational exercise that requires an organization to cast aside long-held beliefs and business processes, especially those related to the role of management and of workers. For instance, the traditional idea of keeping all available resources busy all the time remains appealing to executives, because of the seductive fallacy that it is possible to make a great deal of money just by keeping everything and everyone running, no matter what. Because the cultural Read More
Front-office Lean-Taking Lean Manufacturing Beyond the Shop Floor
Lean manufacturing practices are employed to some degree on almost every manufacturing floor, but many companies aren't realizing the real benefits of lean by

lean organization  Just as shop floor lean practices can extend beyond the walls of an organization through practices including vendor-managed inventory and vendor portals, a lean front-office program can do the same thing—encompass contract management with engineers, contractors and subcontractors, installers, and other parties that contribute information to an estimate or quotation and early-stage work on a product. This means that programs designed to extend lean front-office practices into the vendor base are Read More
The Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level
Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can

lean organization  Path to World-class IT Governance: Maturing Your IT Organization to the Next Level Many IT organizations lack clear well-defined plans that will bring them to mature governance. By focusing on seven key process categories, an organization can determine its governance maturity. A staged approach allows companies to realize rapid time to value by introducing new tools and processes on an incremental basis. As a result, they can avoid an expensive, one-size-fits-all governance solution that may bring Read More
Enterprise Value Generation and Information Technology Organization
Corporate governance concerns, exacerbated by a weak global economy, have driven shareholder value to drop sharply in recent years. Boards of directors have

lean organization  Value Generation and Information Technology Organization Corporate governance concerns, exacerbated by a weak global economy, have driven shareholder value to drop sharply in recent years. Boards of directors have intensified their pressure on CEOs to create execution-centric organizations and restore shareholders’ and analysts’ confidence. In this era, CEOs are looking to their information technology organization (ITO) to strategically and efficiently deploy technology solutions that enable Read More
Greening the Organization Profitably with Asset Management
The world is focusing on environmental awareness, and reducing greenhouse gases is now an inevitable part of doing business. But how can you conform to

lean organization  the purview of well-of liberal-leaning persons that were out of contact with mainstream reality. Current Initiatives and Commitment to a Greener Planet Earth Friendly Direction Recent times have seen a tremendous shift in thinking when it comes to environmental issues. The emergence of the economies of China and India has sparked world-wide competition for oil. Even the American consumer is shifting to an environmentally aware position: dolphin-free tuna, organically grown produce, a move toward hybrid Read More
Lean Tools and Practices that Eliminate Manufacturing Waste
A number of lean manufacturing tools and practices have long been used to reduce manufacturing waste. These include the five S's, visual controls, standardized

lean organization  that Deal with Waste Lean Manufacturing: A Primer described seven categories of waste. The following dozen or so fundamental technical tools and practices of lean manufacturing have long been used to curb or eliminate some of these types of waste. Note that this is not necessarily an exhaustive list, nor are the items within it in any particular order of importance. This is Part Two of a multi-part note. The Five S's The first practice mentioned here sprang from the same Japanese system that originally Read More
The Alignment-focused Organization
To close the gap between strategy, risk, and execution, companies need to build strategic alignment across all aspects of the business. Learn how your company

lean organization  Alignment-focused Organization The SAP BusinessObjects Strategy Management application empowers business users at all levels to rapidly align resources to execute on strategies, understand risk, and drive effectiveness. By clearly linking strategic plans to initiatives, performance measures, and people, you can set clear priorities that employees can act on with confidence and purpose. Source: SAP Resources Related to The Alignment-focused Organization : Strategic Management (Wikipedia) SAP AG Read More
The Absolute Must-Do’s to Build an Agile Organization
What do we mean by agility? It’s how powerfully your organization can react to changes in the marketplace, recognize and close employee skill gaps, and align

lean organization  Absolute Must-Do’s to Build an Agile Organization What do we mean by agility? It’s how powerfully your organization can react to changes in the marketplace, recognize and close employee skill gaps, and align the right people in the right places to handle any pivots in business strategy. How can you make your organization more agile? There are several critical things you must do. Read More
How to Ensure Your Organization Is Ready for E-discovery: Your Road Map to Compliance
Unfortunately, electronic documents are rarely categorized based on records management standards or retention policies. Organizations facing numerous claims

lean organization  to Ensure Your Organization Is Ready for E-discovery: Your Road Map to Compliance Unfortunately, electronic documents are rarely categorized based on records management standards or retention policies. Organizations facing numerous claims, litigations, government investigations, or audits realize that identifying, locating, and reviewing electronic data is time-consuming and costly. A solution that helps archive and search for your vital electronic data can also ease your efforts to comply. Learn more. Read More
Transforming Your Organization? Start with Accounting
Before the lean enterprise paradigm swept across the manufacturing industry, I doubt many business people would have considered accounting as a serious tool for

lean organization  with Accounting Before the lean enterprise paradigm swept across the manufacturing industry, I doubt many business people would have considered accounting as a serious tool for changing the mindset of decisions makers and how businesses operate. It turns out, however, that there’s more than one way to do accounting, and the accounting approach an organization uses can have a significant impact on a business’s direction. Let’s take a look at three specific areas of accounting and how traditional Read More
The Transformation of the Lean Enterprise
Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The

lean organization  Transformation of the Lean Enterprise Over the past 30–40 years, manufacturers have made dramatic leaps in improving their businesses by using lean manufacturing and Six Sigma techniques. The systems these businesses use, however, have changed relatively little in comparison. The ERP systems manufacturing companies rely on to run their business are greatly at odds with the strategy and processes lean manufacturers use to maintain their competitive advantage. Read More
A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies
To enable organizations to support lean and traditional manufacturing practices in a single system, Microsoft Dynamics AX has incorporated lean manufacturing

lean organization  Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics AX: Case Studies A lean manufacturing environment employs kanbans for coordinating and executing material replenishment. The definition of kanban policies governs the creation and behavior of kanban tickets, as described in part one of this series (please see A Primer on Lean Manufacturing Using Microsoft Dynamics ). Case studies provide one approach for understanding how kanbans support variations in lean practices, including the case where a work Read More

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