Business Processes


Lean Production

Lean Manufacturing – Doing More With Less

The Five Elements of Enabling a Lean Approach

By: James Womack and Daniel Jones

  1. Specify Value. Value is defined by the ultimate customer’s needs through tools such as value management, quality function deployment and simulation.

  2. Identify and Map the Value Stream. The value stream identifies all those steps required to make a product. Identifying value stream, the way value is realized, establishes when and how decisions are to be made. The key technique behind value stream is process mapping for a very specific reason: that of understanding how value is built into the building product from client’s point of view.

Toyota Production System (TPS)

  1. Flows. Flows are characterized by time, cost and value. Resources (labor, material and construction equipment) and information flows are the basic units of analysis.

  2. Pull. At a strategic level, pull identifies the real need to deliver the product to the customer as soon as he needs it.

  3. Perfection. To achieve perfection means constantly considering what is being done; how it is being done and harnessing the expertise and knowledge of all those involved in the processes to improve and change it. With continuous improvement done and with waste eliminated along the flow process, perfection is the ultimate sweet reward that companies can achieve.

Kaizen Strategy: 7 Conditions for Successful Implementation


Lean Production    Free Micro-course

Transforming Your Company to a Lean Enterprise: 13 Tips

10 Commandments of Improvement

Kaizen vs Kaikaku and 10 Kaikaku Commandments

Just-in-Time (JIT)

Glossary – Kaizen & Lean Production

Toyota Production System (TPS)

7 Principles of Toyota Production System (TPS)

Case Studies

Canon Production System (CPS)

Gold Seal Engineering Ltd. (India)

Rojee Tasha Stamping Ltd. (India)

Three Small- and Medium-sized Firms (USA)


Kaizen    Free Micro-course

Kaizen Mindset

Successful Implementation of Kaizen Strategy: 7 Conditions

Quick and Easy Kaizen

Continuous Improvement Firm (CIF)

Efficiency Improvement

Japanese-style Suggestion System

Quality Management

Total Quality Management (TQM)

Deming's 14 Point Plan for Total Quality Management

Business Processes

Enterprise-wide Business Process Management

Cross-functional Management (CFM)

TPS-Lean Six Sigma