Conduct Efficiency Analysis
In This Chapter
♦ Looking for waste
♦ Value-added/non-value-added analysis
♦ Inventory, queues, and batch sizes
♦ Balancing workloads
♦ Reducing setups and changeovers
♦ Dealing with bottlenecks
In practice, you never use purely Six Sigma approaches, and you never use purely Lean approaches. Yet when it comes to rooting out waste and analyzing inefficiencies, the Lean toolkit takes precedence. That’s why this chapter will focus almost exclusively on Lean approaches, techniques, and tools.
Lean tools are used to answer questions like: How many people do I really need to perform the work demanded by customers? What should management expect of the people in the process? How can I improve the flow of my processes? ...