Our continuous improvement reference guide is massive in both breadth and depths. It's got a lengthy list of terms, both common and obscure. And these terms go way beyond simple definitions. We like to talk about how to apply the concepts behind the term to make your operation more effective.
This directory is great for simply looking up the meaning of a term, or for diving in deep as part of a training program or during a project.
In addition to the videos here many terms also have downloadable PDFs. We've got a lot of companion content on our main website as well. Simply click "Lean Guide" at the top of the screen to get more information.
The 1/3, 2/3 rule is a rule of thumb for planning. It is intended to make sure a leader gives her team enough time to complete their work.
It is a Video Term from Phase 3 (Starting the Journey) of our Continuous Improvement Development System.
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This video comes from our reference guide, the Continuous Improvement Companion, available at https://www.velaction.com/lean-dictionary/.
Fishbone diagrams break a problem into categories of causes. People tend to work better when they can break their thoughts down into smaller compartments.
On the shop floor, people often use the 6 M’s as a way to categorize the causes of the problems they are trying to solve.
The 9-Square is a prioritization basic tool for choosing the best project to work on. Simply create a grid with easy, medium, and hard on one axis, and low impact, medium impact, and high impact on the other.
Place your projects on the grid, and the most valuable projects to work on will jump out...
People on continuous improvement project teams have constant pressure on them to leave the team to go take care of things in their day to day job. This rule of thumb can help them decide when to leave.