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    Eric Fogg
    Eric Fogg Lean Manufacturing / April 28, 2020

    Hoshin Kanri and Lean Manufacturing

    Lean manufacturing principles trace back to Toyota.

    The lean technique has been proven to help businesses become more efficient and cut back on waste. 

    However, did you know that there is another strategy from Toyota that could help you right now? 

    It's called Hoshin Kanri. Business Dictionary defines it as a, "strategic planning process designed to ensure that the mission, vision, goals, and annual objectives are communicated throughout an organization, and implemented by everyone from top management to the shop floor (frontline) level."

    Why Hoshin Kanri now?

    Having a unified response and strategy during times of crisis can define how the next months and years go. 

    Things are changing rapidly and there is a lot of confusion, so try out some of the Hoshin Kanri principles!

    Start by seriously prioritizing what needs to be done first. Don't start too many projects at the same time - work together to work on a few priorities and then move on to new projects.ones. Then, work on alignment and coordination for those projects. 

    Your next step according to Hoshin Kanri will be to avoid overload as best as you can. The world is already a stressful place lately outside of work, so adding a huge amount of work on top of that could overwhelm your employees and that won't help anyone. 

    IndustryWeek summed it up well saying, "It’s tempting during a time of crisis to put on firefighters’ gear and sprint to the inferno as quickly as possible. But even firefighters have a plan before they get to the blaze—they don’t just wildly spray water and randomly run into the building."


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