Save Thousands: The Open Enrollment Comparison Tool

It’s that special time of year: open enrollment season. Over the next few weeks, employees will be choosing between plans through their employers. And many other self-employed people will purchase insurance through health care exchanges. A year ago, my wife was pregnant with our second child, so I knew we would face hefty medical bills.…

The Waste of Human Potential

The waste of human potential is often described as the eighth waste of lean (in addition to the seven we’ve previously covered). The waste of human potential is likely the most costly form of waste in most companies today. Human potential is wasted when employers have employees do meaningless tasks and functions (such as with…

Waste is Costly

In our last post in our series on lean, we introduced the seven wastes. Why does waste matter? Waste matters for a number of reasons, though the top three for me are listed below: It’s damaging to the environment It’s expensive It’s slow It wastes human lives and potential I’m going to cover the first…

The 7 Deadly Wastes

We’ve previously discussed the importance of focusing on value creation. I like to think of value creation as the importance of rendering service to another human where profit is the thing that lets you do it again. From there, we discussed the entire value stream and the importance of ensuring that your value stream flows…

ABP: Always Be Perfect(ing)

Today’s post on lean has to do with a topic that’s often misunderstood: perfection. The lean enterprise should pursue perfection. It should continuously improve and work to make each processes leaner along the way. Perfection is a tricky goal, however, as it is a continuously variable goal and one that, by definition, you will never…

Lean Pull: Be a Good Corporate Citizen

The lean concept of pull is an extension of flow. Within flow, we’re trying to eliminate excess inventories and places where the product stops moving. The idea is to get an entire value stream continuously flowing. So, what drives the flow of the value stream? The customer. Customer demand is what makes the value stream…