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Welcome to the Lean Center of Excellence!

The purpose of this site is to facilitate the exploration of Lean methodologies and issues within a collaborative community of Lean thought leaders and practitioners.

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Manufacturing Day Celebrates the Current State of US Manufacturing

Posted by Deb Thro on September 26, 2013 at 1:50pm 0 Comments

National Manufacturing Day, October 4, is a coordinated celebration during which U.S. manufacturers open their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.  Manufacturing Day was created to correct public perception, which doesn’t do manufacturing justice. Today's manufacturing environments include highly trained, well-paid employees who work on state-of-the- art…


Lean KPI Report: The Seven Wastes

Posted by Deb Thro on June 19, 2013 at 10:33am 0 Comments

Here's a great article by PMA which translates "The Seven Wastes" into plain English and helps you apply the concepts directly into sorting our Management Information/KPI report production. http://www.performanceportal.org/entry/lean-kpi-report-production-seven-wastes


About PMA: The Performance Management Association (PMA) is a global network for those interested in the theory and…


Lean vs. Standard Cost Accounting Conundrum

Posted by Deb Thro on June 6, 2013 at 8:51am 0 Comments

Ever felt your business decisions are based on irrelevant or incomplete information? In this article, Lean thought leader and consultant Jean Cunningham uses three case studies to illustrate how lean accounting can improve your decisions, whatever your industry.  


Microsoft Announces 2013 Partner of the Year Awards

Posted by Deb Thro on June 4, 2013 at 9:57am 0 Comments

Microsoft Corporation recently announced the winners of the Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards 2013. The annual awards honor Microsoft partners for delivering innovative solutions during the past year that directly address customer challenges. Award winners and finalists, chosen from global nominations, will be recognized at the 2013 Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference, the company’s premier annual…


This Tricky Consulting Business

Posted by James Gilmer on June 3, 2013 at 12:57pm 0 Comments


You wouldn't trust a doctor that prescribes a medication without making a diagnosis, or even understands your condition.  Why then select a consultant that doesn't take the time to understand your company, its processes, or you?…


Lean Thinking and Knowledge Work

Posted by Deb Thro on May 30, 2013 at 11:58am 0 Comments

I recommend this great article by Lean pioneers Daniel Jones and Steve Bell.  In it, they define Lean in terms of both customer and business value. They explore the downsides of popular mass-production IT approaches such as outsourcing, enterprise systems (e.g., SAP), and traditional information system design and then discuss helpful Lean alternatives. They also consider a number of IT dichotomies that we can leverage through Lean tools; for instance, creative versus routine, repetitive…



Lean Manufacturing

Lean manufacturing is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wastefull, and a target for elimination. Members will examine issues pertaining to Lean methodologies, principles, core tenants, practices, and trends within the production and manufacturing environment.

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Lean Accounting

Lean Accounting's primary purpose is to support the Lean enterprise as a strategy. There are two main focuses for Lean Accounting. The first is the application of lean methods to a company's accounting, control, and measurement processes. The second focus is to fundamentally change the accounting, control and measurement processes so they motivate lean change and improvment. Members will examine issues pertaining to the application of Lean thinking regarding the day-to-day operations of the financial group.

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Lean Reporting

You focused on Lean principles in your company. But given the demands of managing the business, it can be challenging to maintain momentum over the log haul When you data reporting system support Lean concepts, it will be easier for you to stay consistent with Lean principles. You will need to establish a data based reporting system for managing critical success factors for a businesses. You need an approach that balances serveral perspectives and provides measures that enable you to track performance.

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Lean ERP

Introducing the principles of Lean to an organization means training employees as well as laying out newly configured production lines. Your ERP has a vital roles to play in analyzing existing business practives and potentially restructuring them to operate in a Lean environment. Your ERP organizes the informaiton you need about products, production, facilities, resources, and demand. Having the informaiton organized in a single place of reference is valuable.

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Lean IT

Lean IT is the application of Lean principles to the development and management of information technology (IT) products and services. Its central concern to IT is the elimination of waste; where waste is work that does not provide value to the product or service. The IT function manufactures business services of value to the organization and its customers. Similar to manufacturing, the development of business services entails resource management, demand management, quality control, security issues, and so on. By reducing waste through the application of Lean IT, many companies are driving IT from the confines of a back-office support function to a central role in delivering customer value.

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Lean Sales & Operations Planning

Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) is the process that brings together all the plans for the business (customers, sales, marketing, development, manufacturing, sourcing, and financial) into one integrated set of plans. The object is to arrive at a business "Game Plan" to help make decisions, manage and allocate critical resources to meet the business' goals.

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Lean HR

The core of any Lean transformation is built on a commitment to continuous improvement with respect for people. But, the human resource functional organizations is left out of the Lean transformation. This is an oversight that slows the evolution of the lean enterprise considerably. The Lean transformation provides a perfect palette for human resource professionals to supercharge the impact of their key functional areas of responsibility.

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Lean Training & Tips

Use this category to participate in discussions regarding Lean tips and seek out training on Lean topics that apply to Microsoft Dynamics AX. Keep in mind, eBECS, sponsor of the Lean Center of Excellence, wrote the Lean Manufacturing trainning modules in which all Microsoft partners must certify.

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