Lean Buzz

Lean Buzz - March 2013

Key Performance Indicators. What is a Key Performance Indicator?: Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) {also known as Key Success Indicators} help an organization define and measure progress toward goals. KPI's are not expressed in financial or monetary figures. …

Lean Buzz - November 2012

Working Smarter...Not Harder. WHAT?: Our work requires a lot of front end planning. While planning our work, attention has been given to the hire-in process on a couple of specific sites. On every job, small or large, office or field, we must continue our war on……

Lean Buzz - February 2012

Service Growth Initiative We’d like to deviate a little from the standard articles you see in the Buzz to talk about an exciting development through APi Group Companies, involving Jamar. The Service Growth Initiative (SGI) is a cross-functional, cross company initiative to design and deploy world……

Lean Buzz - July 2011

ROAD WARRIORS – LEAN STYLE Have you planned hunting trip this year? What happens when you get there and realize you forgot your gun?! Or you’re putting your boat in the water for your long awaited fishing getaway and realize you’ve left your favorite rod……

Lean Buzz - March 2011

LEAN Skywalker Greysolon Skywalk Jamar is proud to have been a part of the new Greysolon Skywalk connecting the Sheraton Hotel to the Greysolon Ballroom across 3rd Avenue East. This high visibility project required one step application – one reason why It was critical……

Lean Buzz - December 2010

Why a "huddle"? Why do the Vikings and Packers huddle between every down? To communicate the intended information, call the next play, decide the snap count, and to generally organize themselves before the next snap. What if Favre never called a huddle? The Vikings chances of……

Lean Buzz - October 2010

What is Lean? Certain cuts of ground beef are considered lean, turkey bacon is advertised as lean. Get suckered into buying an Ab-Lounger and you may be promised a leaner stomach. Webster’s defines lean as, “having little or no fat”. So what does lean……

Lean Buzz - August 2010

Lean On Me! Pictured at right are the most recent graduates from the 80-hr. LEAN training class. Congratulations to all on completing the course! Lean On Me class members worked on the three 5S projects listed here as part of their training……

Lean Buzz - May 2010

Graffiti Board - Revisited As part of the ‘check’ part of Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), the cycle of continuous improvement, the Lean Steering Committee has taken a look at the graffiti board - it’s purpose and effectiveness - in generating ideas for improvement. To date, we’ve……

Lean Buzz - March 2010

'Check' is a part of the cycle that often gets overlooked.  Just because the 'do' part of the project comes to an end, does not make the project complete.  Regular 'checks' ensure sustainability and allow for additional improvements as needed.  PDCA is a never-ending cycle of continuous improvement……

Lean Buzz - February 2010

Where We've Been To borrow the theme from our internal ‘25 yrs. with APi Group’ announcement, some long-time staffers remember when: Estimating was done with a pencil and paper, then calculated by hand; Drafting was done with a……

Lean Buzz - January 2010

5S in the Office: It Affects Your Privacy After identifying the problem noted at left, a team leader stepped up and took on the challenge to create a more functional, defined space. Team members were chosen based on their diversity. Staff with experience and no experience……

Lean Buzz - December 2009

What a year it’s been! Our people have been busy identifying problems that affect productivity, from the office to the field. Lean tools are being used to begin to correct problems. As mentioned in the last Buzz, during 2010 we’ll spend some time circling back to see if……

Lean Buzz - November 2009

SUSTAINABILITY Due to the 5S improvements on the service vans, the reduction in hours spent on inventory is impressive: 2005 - 41 hrs. or one (1) full week + one (1) hour; 2009 - 9.5 hrs. or one (1) full day + 1.5 hrs. That’s four whole days saved……

Lean Buzz - October 2009

WHAT’S WORKING IN THE FIELD “The job box is awesome. Very efficient to work out of. The lights were very helpful in the dark conditions.” - Ron Nowak, Jr. - Journeyman Plumber “The DECC Connex is organized nicely. We have a keep-fill agreement for……

Lean Buzz - September 2009

5S IN THE OFFICE: File Storage With every project that comes our way comes an enormous amount of paper. Job files can literally contain hundreds of pieces of documentation. Jamar’s file storage room had years of accumulation built up - inside and outside the room……

Lean Buzz - August 2009

Just Do It In answer to last month’s newsletter question: What have you done to affect that number? (our company productivity goal of 6 min/hr) we have included below some examples of ‘just do it’s – what some have done to increase productivity by eliminating waste……

Lean Buzz - July 2009

"Sizzlean" Sizzlean class members worked on the three 5S projects listed here as part of their training, having only two days to complete the majority of their project. Each group made huge productivity gains using the principles they learned in class. Our Company goal is 6/min……

Lean Buzz - June 2009

LEAN "In the Field" Practical application of LEAN principles are what will take us where we want to go: 6/min. an hour productivity improvement. Below are some examples of LEAN principles that increase productivity and efficiency, as shared by Jeff Dincau, Sheetmetal Foreman …

Lean Buzz - May 2009

Another "S" is Success! Productivity Improvements: Created a power source to keep all cordless tools fully charged; eliminating the waste of waiting, for employees and the customer Organized materials with removable hardware storage trays ……

Lean Buzz - April 2009

Our focus was on process issues, not people. People tend to d o what they’ve been taught to do. Lean teaches us to look through a new lens, ask why, bring in fresh perspectives, and suggest a better way. Data drives the changes. Sustaining new processes is kept……

Lean Buzz - March 2009

The Initiative Continues! The next training session kicked off on February 26th. The group is completing 16 hours of training per week and will finish in April. …

Lean Buzz - February 2009

The Time Is Now   The Guiding Coalition recently completed LEAN Construction Training …

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