Do you need to balance your production line?

Line balancing is a technique used in manufacturing to remove bottlenecks and better utilize capacity by level-loading work across all processes in a value stream.  To ‘balance’ the value stream, production planners will compare the flow or cycle time for each process to the takt time and archite

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Feld Entertainment uses ProcessView to gather requirements for new workflow

Feld Entertainment made a strategic decision to upgrade and replace their current product development workflow systems.  This effort was intended to streamline communication between Product Development, Art, Procurement, and Senior Management to bring products from development to production for F

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Did you know LeanView will construct A3 reports automatically?

For Lean practitioners, A3 reports provide a valuable tool for problem solving and continuous improvement.  A3 reports not only serve as a succinct communication tool, but the process of developing an A3 report is illuminating.  While there are many templates available for the construction of A3

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Did you know ProcessView will identify all probable value streams within a complex network automatically?

Before making changes to an existing process, it is important to first understand how you are performing currently; this allows the establishment of a baseline against which future state performance metrics can be compared to quantify progress or loss.  When composing complex process models, howe

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Did you know LeanView has built-in data displays?

Value stream maps are visual tools that Lean practitioners use to depict and improve the flow of materials through product and service lines. In addition to showing the flow of materials, these drawings highlight the information that controls the flow of materials through the process. 

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Do you know how much time and cost is lost to rework?

The true cost of rework can be very difficult to assess given the multitude of factors involved; both direct and indirect costs are incurred.  Not only are there activity-based labor, material, and equipment costs to be considered (direct costs), but the potential for missed SLAs and reduced cust

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Do you know how much of your process cycle time is of value to your customer?

One of the primary principles in the Lean methodology is to eliminate waste while maximizing customer value.  In order for an action to be considered value-added in this customer-centric approach to improvement, (1) it must be something for which the customer is willing to pay, (2) it must be don

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Are you considering outsourcing?

When carefully planned, outsourcing can provide higher productivity and free resources to focus on business development and innovation.  As one of the strongest incentives for outsourcing is the potential gain in cost efficiency and improved profit margin, it is important that the existing costs

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Documenting a complex value stream?

LeanView, Bluespring’s Visio based value stream mapping and analysis tool, supports the use of multi-level drawings, allowing the roll-up of performance data from ‘child’ to ‘parent’ value streams and the incorporation of parallel activities.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is it worth with data?

Microsoft Visio is one of the most popular drawing and diagramming tools on the market today.  While it is widely used for building organizational charts and mapping IT networks, it is also an ideal tool for documenting business processes.  Templates and shape stencils make it easy to work visual

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