Monday, February 27, 2017

Greenbelt Service Vancouver Winter 2017 Module 2!

The Greenbelt Service Winter class tackled one of their hardest modules last week. They worked really hard mastering process-time reduction. Take a look at what they have been up to.  







Thursday, February 23, 2017

Throw Back Thursday -Japan Lean Tour Flashmob

Thursday means .. Throw Back Thursday!


Japan Lean program 2014 members were challenged to perform a Flashmob dance in a busy tourist district in Tokyo! The purpose of doing the Flashmob is to let our program members step out of their comfort zone and be comfortable with themselves in different cultures and situations.

Here is the clip. Keep on watching as there is a special guest towards the end!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Coaches Headed to Europe!

Our coaches headed to Europe to do some special training this week.
They are all looking very sharp!!


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kansha - Expressing Gratitude




“When we become more fully aware that our success is due in large measure to the loyalty, helpfulness, and encouragement we have received from others, our desire grows to pass on similar gifts. Gratitude spurs us on to prove ourselves worthy of what others have done for us. The spirit of gratitude is a powerful energizer.” — Wilferd A. Peterson

Monday, February 20, 2017

Treehouse Greenbelt Operations Winter 2017 kick-off!

Last week the Treehouse Operations Winter 2017 class kicked off their module 1. Scroll through to see what they have been up to!





Thursday, February 16, 2017

Upcoming Fall Blackbelt & Greenbelt

We are happy to announce that our Fall Blackbelt and Greenbelt Programs have been decided in Vancouver!

Following are the dates:
PROGRAM NAME MODULES DATES
Blackbelt
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: Lean Strategy and Assessment  September 11th-15th
Module 2: Lean Supply Chain  October 2nd -  6th
Module 3: Japan Benchmarking Tour October 30th - November 3rd
Module 4: Extreme Makeover December 4th - 8th
Greenbelt Service
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S September 18th -  22nd
Module 2: Process Time Reduction October 16th - 20th
Module 3: Value Innovation November 13th - 17th
Greenbelt Hybrid
Toronto Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S September 18th -  22nd
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction October 16th - 20th
Module 3: Value Innovation November 13th - 17th
Greenbelt Operations
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S September 25th - 29th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction October 23rd - 27th
Module 3: Lean Office Kaizen November 27th - December 1st
Greenbelt Hybrid
Vancouver Fall 2017
Module 1: 5S October 2nd -  6th
Module 2: Cycle Time Reduction November 6th - 10th
Module 3: Value Innovation December 4th - 8th

Please contact Angelia Aizawa for more details.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blackbelt Vancouver 2017 Spring Kick Off!


The Blackbelt 2017 Spring class has started!

We have such a happy group and they are so ready for the Lean Journey coming ahead. We are very glad to see the big smiles on their faces. Thank you for your participation!

















5S is Everywhere in Japan


Even the way items are organized in a grocery store in Japan has the word "5S" written all over it.



Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Power of Simplicity

















A hallmark of Lean Thinking is simplicity.  We can address simplicity in the physical aspects of our jobs or processes.  For example, placing our tools within close reach makes it easier for us to do our job (5S).  This may mean rearranging the work area but in doing so we address one of the eight types of waste - unnecessary movement.  Sounds too simple (no pun intended)?  You'd be surprised how much easier and more efficiently a job can be completed.
Simplicity can be applied to intangible aspects of a business too, and often we see how effective the results can be.

A real world example is Ford's "One Ford" campaign, involving the integration of "its international units and simplification of its global structure.  Ford was profitable despite industry woes in the first part of 2008 and did not require government assistance."

A non-convoluted process will win your customers' loyalty too.  Making it simple for your customers shows respect for their time and makes your organization transparent.  Needless to say, this will have positive effects on the underlying relationship you have with your customers.

Sources:
Harvard Business Review Blog
The Next Big Thing
In Simplicity We Trust

Monday, February 6, 2017

Weekly Hansei: Quality is Everyone's Responsibility


Building a culture of catching small problems before they become big problems is crucial to success.  In this way you’re working towards success a little bit at a time every day.  Suddenly what may have seemed like a daunting task to begin with is completely manageable.

How can you empower your teammates to be co-responsible for quality?

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Upcoming Lean Programs/Tours 2017 Pt2

Japan Tour Bench Marking Tour 2017
Spring Dates: April 17th - April 21st
Fall Dates: October 30th - November 3rd

The Japan Lean tour is intentionally designed to provide both educational and
cultural exposure to Japan through various plant tours and historical sites. Tours
are arranged with such big hitters as Toyota and its suppliers, but also with smaller
players that can showcase different levels of Lean implementation.


Japan Lean program members were challenged to perform a Flashmob dance in a busy tourist district in Tokyo! The purpose of doing the Flashmob is to let our program members step out of their comfort zone and be comfortable with themselves in different cultures and situations.

Here is the clip from 2015!!!

Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour 2017
Dates: November 13th - November 15th

There is no better way to understand the power of Lean than to see it in action. The Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour has been designed for those who wish to update and benchmark their knowledge in Lean.

You can check out our Jacksonville Florida Lean Benchmarking Tour - February 2015 !!


Please contact Angelia Aizawa for more information !!