Operational Excellence Tools Blog

Operational Excellence tools (think Lean, Six Sigma, business process analysis), case studies, and items of interest from the US Industry Solutions Organization at Microsoft.

January, 2007

  • 5s for the Information Worker

    Over the recent holidays, I embarked on a backup, cleanup, and Office 2007 upgrade for my PC. As part of the process, I realized that it would be a good idea to take a look at the 5s concept from an information worker perpsective, since e-mail and spreadsheets...
  • Join me at the Lean Transformation Summit

    Join me in attending this conference...several of the companies speaking are using software and tools built on the Microsoft platform to enable their lean initiatives. As a former black belt for a service business at GE, I am particularly interested in...
  • How Software Can Help Your Lean Program – and You, the Lean Professional

    There is nothing like walking into the “war room” after a kaizen event. I usually see the same thing - butcher paper and sticky notes lining the walls from floor to ceiling. It is the result of people coming together to improve their value streams – the...
  • Informative Lean video case study

    One way to quickly understand what Collaborative eKanban is all about is to watch the Flash demo and video case study on www.ultriva.com . It takes 6 minutes total. Both are really well done.
  • Welcome to the Lean Tools Blog!

    This is a new blog started by the US Lean Manufacturing team at Microsoft. It is intended to highlight lean best practices, technology that can help you implement and manage lean projects, customer successes, and events/webcasts of interest to the lean...
  • New IndustryWeek Webcast January 18: Emerson Lean - From Strategy to Execution

    Great webcast next week featuring Ray Keefe, VP-Manufacturing at Emerson Electric. Lean deployment at Emerson Electric goes beyond traditional shop floor thinking to reduce manufacturing cycle times and remove waste. Through the years, Emerson has...