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How to Handle a Workflow Bottleneck

  A workflow bottleneck is pretty easy to identify in that it leads to a loss of productivity as the requests for work outweigh the team's ability to process those orders. This can happen even though every team member is working to full capacity, making it essential to have a strategy for dealing with this [...]

By |2021-07-15T19:29:13+00:00July 15th, 2021|Lean Management, Michael E Parker|Comments Off on How to Handle a Workflow Bottleneck

What Is a Pull System in Lean Management?

  Organizational development professionals are often called upon to perform audits of various processes. These experts are looking for ways to improve efficiencies among common production areas. Lean production and management systems offer a variety of methods for improving manufacturing and production processes. One such method is called a pull system. A pull system is [...]

By |2021-07-15T19:29:02+00:00July 15th, 2021|Lean Management, Michael E Parker|Comments Off on What Is a Pull System in Lean Management?

Lean Management in the Time of COVID

The onslaught of COVID-19 has meant that almost no business model this year will meet the 2020 goals it created for itself. Growth targets, production levels and bottom-line profits have all been pushed off track, in some cases radically.   That has CEOs and managers scrambling for strategies. It has also made “lean management” the [...]

By |2020-12-04T20:57:22+00:00November 24th, 2020|Lean Management, Michael E Parker|Comments Off on Lean Management in the Time of COVID

Lean Management and Layoffs

Managing employees in the best of economies is a tough task. People management becomes much more difficult during periods of furloughs, layoffs, and high unemployment rates. Leaders are tasked with increasing productivity even with a drastically reduced staff. These tips offer effective techniques for those practicing lean management.   Communicate Openly About Staffing Issues Open [...]

By |2020-11-09T20:59:42+00:00November 9th, 2020|Lean Management, Michael E Parker|Comments Off on Lean Management and Layoffs

Hurdles of Lean Management

Lean management is a great business tool, as it allows businesses to run efficiently, which cuts costs and improves product quality. However, there are hurdles that many companies run into when implementing this method. Do not fret if the following become your reality; instead, prepare for them ahead of time so you know how to [...]

By |2019-12-13T13:59:12+00:00December 13th, 2019|Lean Management|Comments Off on Hurdles of Lean Management

Steps to Transition to Lean Management

Lean management is a style of management that focuses on customer success, eliminating waste, and continual change. Companies that are struggling to get by or that must change their antiquated systems and processes are great candidates for implementing lean management. Yet, while this sounds good on paper, it can be tough to understand where to [...]

By |2019-10-28T18:30:47+00:00October 28th, 2019|Lean Management|Comments Off on Steps to Transition to Lean Management

What is Lean Management?

Lean management is a term thrown around by many successful business people, but what exactly is it? At its core, lean management means “creating more value for customers with fewer resources,” according to Lean Enterprise Institute. While this sounds like a cost-cutting project, it is actually not only about cutting costs. It is about creating [...]

By |2019-10-04T13:45:32+00:00October 4th, 2019|Lean Management|Comments Off on What is Lean Management?

3 Tips To Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

The year is just beginning and it wasn’t too long ago that we set our New Year’s resolutions. Whether you wanted to read more, break bad habits or get into shape, you probably still have your New Year's resolutions on your mind. However, you’re also probably worried about following through with these resolutions. Research conducted [...]

By |2017-06-02T10:57:06+00:00January 2nd, 2017|Michael E Parker|Comments Off on 3 Tips To Help You Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions

Michael E. Parker | Living a “Lean” Life

Far before I became an accomplished author, entrepreneur, and public speaker, the Lean Management philosophy was attractive. It spoke to me because it's a systematic long-term management practice that thrives on support and continuous growth. Borrowed from the Toyota Production System (TPS), Lean Management enables incremental achievement through quality and efficiency. Looking at the man [...]

By |2016-01-25T15:33:31+00:00January 25th, 2016|Lean Management, Michael E Parker|Comments Off on Michael E. Parker | Living a “Lean” Life

Finding the Push and Pull Within Lean Management

While there are many components to lean management and value centered solutions that make these management and operations styles unique, one of the central components is the idea of “pull systems”. In Value Centered Solutions, and lean management alike, this management and production style is based on the needs of the customer. A “pull system” [...]

By |2017-06-02T11:01:06+00:00November 20th, 2015|Lean Management, Michael E Parker, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Finding the Push and Pull Within Lean Management