Lean Wednesday Tip: Unstable Processes

“A process that is not under control or is unstable displays patterns of variation. Unstable processes have variation that is unpredictable; the magnitude of the variation could change from one time period to another.”

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Lean Wednesday Tip: Variation in a process

“Sources of variation can be found in the process itself, the raw materials used, the operator’s (employee’s) actions or the environment. For example, software settings / updates, tool wear, humidity, heat, and over-adjusting a machine are all sources of variation.”

Lean Wednesday Tip: Objectives of a Process Improvement Project

“The validity of a well-planned process improvement project is identified through value-added process mapping, problem isolation, root cause analysis and problem solution. Ultimately, the key to refining processes is to concentrate on the process from the customer’s point of view and identify and eliminate non-value added activities.”

Lean Wednesday Tip: Performance Measures

“When you have insufficient information about a product, process or service, you are unable to control it. Ergo, when a process cannot be controlled, the organization is at the mercy of chance. KPIs must be aligned with the strategic goals of a company as well as with its customers priorities.”

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