Tag Archives: Lean

Lean thinking in the supply chain: surgical inventory management example

In a previous post, I described how problems in the management of surgical inventory at a large, multi-site hospital were addressed.  In this post, I will try to make explicit the connection between some of the activities carried out on that project and Lean thinking.

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Orienting the PI project novice: how to get early traction with non-mathematical process improvement tools

Process improvement approaches, such as Lean Six Sigma, have no shortage of powerful tools to apply in trying to assess a situation and then implementing change.  How, then, to pick those that may have the most bang for the buck for someone relatively new to the field or on their first PI project? Continue reading