Monthly Archives: January 2011

5s in the kitchen #3: Continuing to Sort.

I continue the process of Sorting in my kitchen. Sorting, the first step of the 5S organization process that kicks off many lean initiatives, focuses on getting rid of anything that doesn’t support the work you are doing. In the … Continue reading

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5S in the kitchen #2: Sorting.

In my attempt to get our kitchen prepared for “leaner”cooking, I began the famous 5S workplace-organization process that usually kicks off lean transformations. The idea is that once you get your workspace organized, you can really start finding the wastes … Continue reading

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Attacking the kitchen with 5S (#1)

In an attempt to stop obsessing about laundry and dishwashing procedures, I’m turning my attention to cooking. I’d like to start thinking how to make the cooking process leaner, since it’s another big area where our everyday time gets eaten … Continue reading

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Toddlers are Type-1 muda generators.

Right now I’m reading the book Lean Thinking, and one early idea it talks about that I really like is the distinction between two types of muda (waste): Steps that create no value but are presently unavoidable due to the constraints … Continue reading

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The Seven Kinds of Waste: A Summary.

In this series of posts, I briefly described the seven kinds of waste identified by Taiichi Ohno and other creators of the Toyota Production System (TPS). Identifying instances of each kind of waste in a production process and eliminating them … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #7: Waiting.

A big component of the Toyota Production System (TPS) is its identification of the categories of waste (or muda) in the typical production process. Getting rid of these seven wastes is the main goal of a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) … Continue reading

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The Seven Types of Waste #6: Transportation.

A major contribution of the Toyota Production System (TPS) is its identification of the categories of waste (or muda) in the typical production process. Getting rid of these seven wastes is the primary goal of a lean production process. (Lean=No Waste.) … Continue reading

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