Feature Articles

  • 10 Steps to Building a Culture of OpEx in the Office

    10 Steps to Building a Culture of OpEx in the Office

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Learn ten insights on how to overcome cultural barriers to successfully transition offices to achieve Operational Excellence from Institute Senior Faculty Member Tim Healey and Natasha Bastien, an Operational Excellence and Change Leadership Internal Coach.

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  • When Creating Flow, What is Normal?

    When Creating Flow, What is Normal?

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    Knowing how to visualize normal versus abnormal flow can be challenging. In this article, learn how to identify flow that is becoming abnormal in continuous manufacturing operations, financial offices and startups.

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  • Creating Flow in High-Variety Environments

    Creating Flow in High-Variety Environments

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017

    Adhesives and sealants manufacturers face unique challenges compared to other industries when undergoing
    lean or continuous improvement initiatives, including chemical reactions, vessels, batch sizes, curing times, and many more. None of these issues are addressed by the lean techniques that grew from the automotive industry. So how can this industry create flow in its high-variety, complex environments? To start, operations must take a different approach to continuous improvement itself. 
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  • Creating Pitch in the Office

    Creating Pitch in the Office

    Wednesday, February 8, 2017

    Pitch is an important component of a future state value stream implementation in an office environment – but it can also prove challenging. The answer is to understand the purpose of pitch and then design pitch that works within a specific office. Learn four key concepts to make pitch effective in your office.

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  • Operational Excellence and Lean: What's the Difference?

    Operational Excellence and Lean: What's the Difference?

    Tuesday, December 20, 2016

    OpEx and lean share some similarities in their methodologies, but there are key differences. Lean focuses on eliminating waste and does this by training people on tools that eliminate waste. In Operational Excellence, the focus is on business growth, not waste elimination. 

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