Hansei and Building

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It’s the end of the year and a time when many businesses and people reflect on the previous year or years.  This reflection or hansei as known in the lean world is critical to walking down the path of success.  I inadvertently did some hansei last weekend as I was building some shelves in our basement closets.

My wife and I planned the layout we wanted to organize all our kids games which were becoming a huge mess.  I dare to call it 5S but learned a long time ago not to apply, at least fully, the tools from work in the home.  I recommend against putting together a performance plan and review for your spouse! Continue reading

CFO Magazine – Lean Health Care

Keen to Be Lean | CFO Magazine | Josh Hyatt, Contributing Editor

[tweetmeme source="leanisgood" service="ow.ly"]Most articles on lean in the mainstream press don’t portray lean fairly or adequately.  Many times it is innocent ignorance on the part of the journalist.  The lean paradigm is a broad, complex, yet subtle to the uninitiated.  Most journalists are too ignorant of the paradigm to adequately convey it to a broad audience.  Some just do lazy work and miss-portray lean as cost cutting method that relies on squeezing more out of fewer people.  The article linked above isn’t one of those.  Hyatt does a decent job bringing lean news to his audience. Continue reading