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LAA-Blog---1.1.3-AIRBUS-Visual-Management

Developing appropriate capabilities to communicate the project requirements, tasks and status is key for achieving success. Airbus Defence and Space has committed to implement Visual Management at different levels of the organisation, led by the CEO and all the C-Suite. Different tools such as the workflow control board and the SQCDP has been put together, creating a collaborative culture that supports the company in achieving...

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LAA-Blog---1.4.4-Herrero-CI

Continuous improvement, most of the times referred as Kaizen, is a lean practice that promotes process enhancement in the organisation. This blog highlights how Herrero Builders, a well-known construction company in San Francisco Greater Bay Area, applies PDCA cycle, standup meetings, visualisation tools and partnerships for adopting continuous improvement in their daily operations to align teams and increase efficiencies during the end-to-end construction process. [su_spacer size="20"] [row] [column...

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LAA-Blog---1.1.5-AIRBUS-CI-&-Change

In 2011, Airbus Defence & Space started a journey to adopt Lean practices and a continuous improvement philosophy. To support the , the transformation, the company has set a scheme that promotes change management and cultural change. This plan included the creation of “Lean Network”, “Lean days” and an electronic platform for lean learning. Thanks to these changes, 13 continuous improvement projects were launched in 2014,...

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LAA-Blog---1.4.3-Herrero-Competence-Development

People are one of the three crucial elements of any successful lean product development; the more knowledge employees have, the quicker lean concepts can be implemented. In the case of Herrero Builders, developing appropriate competencies and skills in the organisation ranked so high, that the company created a department of learning right at the beginning of their lean journey. Herrero Builders crafted a Lean concepts...

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LAA-Blog---1.1.2-AIRBUS-Hoshin-Kanri

Airbus Defence & Space implementation of Lean Management in Military Aircraft Engineering has supported the company in achieving savings of more than 3 million euro. One key practice enabling this transformation was the adoption of Hoshin Kanri as a technique for planning and executing the company’s strategy. The tool proved to be beneficial in updating and integrating the company’s vision and aligning diverse departments to...

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LAA-Blog---1.4.2-Herrero-VIP

Since 2005, Herrero Builders, a construction company from San Francisco, changed its corporate philosophy, adopting lean methodologies to foster their business operations model. In the process, the company created the Value Integration Process, an approach that permits engagement with all the relevant stakeholders to identify, monitor and address their expectations along the entire product life cycle. This lean methodology has provided a competitive advantage for...

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LAA-Blog---1.5.3-Interface-KM

Interface is a modular carpet manufacturer from LaGrange, Georgia, USA that started its Lean Product Development Journey as part of the new sustainability business strategy, a Directive Mission Zero established by its chairman and CEO in 1994. To succeed in providing the most desired solutions to the customers, institutional knowledge is one of the most important resources the company needs. Interface has streamlined its processes...

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LAA-Blog---1.3.4-CMI-LeanMindset

Lean Product Development is a paradigmatic approach for new product development that has surfaced in 1990s, which elements, tools and methods have been widely applied across companies around the world and benefits were described by many. However, most companies highlight one particular area as being the foremost challenge in implementing lean in product development and innovation; the human behavior or the mindset of employees across all...

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LAA-Blog---1.6.3-Munters-A3

During its lean transformation Munters, a global leader in energy efficient air treatment solutions, underwent a strategy deployment exercise. They needed a way to consistently, simply and quickly capture and communicate policies (vision, mission, goals) between different levels. They found the answer in an A3 Thinking. A3 thinking is primarily a problem-solving approach that uses a single standard A3 format sheet of paper to guide, capture...

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LAA-Blog---1.5.5-Interface-PDCA

Interface, based in LaGrange, Georgia, USA and the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of modular carpets, kicked-off its new sustainability business strategy Mission Zero in 1994, established by its chairman and CEO. As part of the Mission Zero, Interface also launched the Lean Product Development Journey aiming to continuously improve the end to end product development process to reach the Mission Zero’s goal by 2020. Interface...

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