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.
A Value Stream Map (VSM) is a visual depiction of the value creation process. It is a key tool for understanding flow and for identifying areas of waste.…Continue
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As evidenced by another successful "go-live", an ERP system can support "make to order" (MTO) Lean Manufacturing. This particular international Lean manufacturer produces MTO application-engineered specialty fractional motor and motion products.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.