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Lean Analogies


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Analogies to help us think further about Lean terms and concepts.

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Lean Analogies

  1. 1. Lean Analogies By Tom Curtis
  2. 2. Created by Tom Curtis 2010 Blog: Other presentations on Under Onimproving Email:
  3. 3. Introduction I try to understand Lean by experiencing and seeing it in as many forms and situations as I can. This is another attempt to do that. What follows is a series of analogies. Each analogy addresses a lean concept or tool. Review them and see if they help you better see Lean, then create your own. Enjoy! --Tom Curtis, 2010
  4. 4. 5s is like a spring cleaning and organization, followed by regular maintenance
  5. 5. Gemba is like the stage of a theater, where the lights are on and the action takes place
  6. 6. Heijunka is like the glass water of a lake at sun up, level and smooth
  7. 7. Kaizen is like removing the stickers from a sticker bush caught on fabric
  8. 8. Kaizen Eyes are like fine tuned ultrasound equipment that reveal abnormalities
  9. 9. JIT is like good restaurant service, ordering leads to quality timely delivered
  10. 10. Kanban is like good baton passing in a track relay
  11. 11. Mura is like an undesired roller coaster ride
  12. 12. Muri is like having to use a tool without the proper specifications to do the required task
  13. 13. Poka-yoke is like an up front guarantee
  14. 14. Pull is like walking an obedient dog on a leash
  15. 15. Root Cause is like an accurate diagnosis of illness
  16. 16. SMED is like redecorating and remodeling
  17. 17. Standard Work is like a ruler for measuring
  18. 18. Takt is like playing an instrument with a metronome counting out beats
  19. 19. TPM is like regular exercise for health preservation
  20. 20. Waste is like extra or unclear words when writing
  21. 21. Yukoten is like giving gifts to peers