Lean Thoughts

A weekly e-newsletter started to keep the members of the Lean Consortium connected and now shared with a larger community of business excellence practitioners.


Engineer the PROCESS

This week’s Issue | 03/06/2019

Here we are at the beginning of June and I feel like I cannot put away my snow suit just yet. 

Many years ago Mariela created a simulation to train folks about the basics of 5S and when my Sensei came to our house and


problems, Problems … PROBLEMS !!!

This week’s Issue | 27/05/2019

As leaders every day we find pride in solving problems thinking that these activities make our organization better as we inch closer to creating the perfect process.  So this week we explore the situation surrounding problems …. 

Houston we have a problem





This week’s Issue | 12/05/2019

This week Mariela and I spent some time in discussion with David Arkell of 360 Energy.  360 Energy acts as a coach to organizations to better manage their Energy spend and highlight potential opportunities for savings.


As we here in Canada are getting insight


Rubber Factory

This week’s Issue | 06/05/2019

The only thing I know about forecasts is that they …

  1. Are normally wrong
  2. If somewhat correct the forecaster was lucky 

So it becomes very important that organizations can design their operations to become flexible and agile to handle any sudden changes in customer demand.