Basic Lean Prinicples

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A quiz about basic lean principles, 5S and continuous improvement disciplines.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Lean helps create positive change in a slow and proven manner by increasing productivty by:
    • A. 

      Giving staff with more work, to help create more output.

    • B. 

      Increasing inputs, to directly increase outputs.

    • C. 

      Adding additional resources to help decrease the burden of the workload.

    • D. 

      Reducing the amount of useless activity our resources are currently burdened with.

  • 2. 
    Please pick the following answer(s) that are accurate, or true, regarding the following statement:   "The right process will produce the right results"
    • A. 

      All work is seen as a set of interconnected processes.

    • B. 

      Processes are analyzed to optimize each separate piece, as oposed to optimzing the whole.

    • C. 

      Pricesses are analyzed in their entirety and changes are made to optimize the whole as opposed to analyzing and optimizing pieces.

    • D. 

      Improving components of porcesses without considering the affect on the whole, usually results in local efficiencies at the expense of overal system efficiency.

    • E. 

      Lean methods standardize and tighten processes to make cause and affect relationships within them readibly visible.

  • 3. 
    Please pick the following answer(s) that are accurate, or true, regarding the following statement:  "Develop your people and your partners"
    • A. 

      People are not the most important resource in a Lean enterprise.

    • B. 

      Lean systems thrive on creativity and imagination.

    • C. 

      Lean methos teach people how to analyze complicated processes, how to be disciplines, and how to develop solutions as a team.

    • D. 

      Lean methods will challenge partners for improvement purposes.

    • E. 

      Lean organizations' success is tied to the success of their partners.

  • 4. 
    Please pick the following answer(s) that are accurate, or true, regarding the following statement:  "Solving problems drives organizational learning"
    • A. 

      Lean organzations focus on standardization and problem solving.

    • B. 

      Lean problem solving is daily experimentation to find creative ways to improve their job by improving processes.

    • C. 

      Problem solving improves morale and job satisfaction.

    • D. 

      Organzational learning is a routine that follows standards, observes results and takes action to make improvements.

    • E. 

      Standardization is a way to help "see" what works and what does not work.

  • 5. 
    Please pick the following answer(s) that are accurate, or true, regarding the following statement:  "Generate value for customers, society and the economy"
    • A. 

      Lean focuses on short term financial goals.

    • B. 

      A "bigger than self" perspecitive helps lean culture have a shared vision.

    • C. 

      Lean is about constantly looking for ways to provide greater value to customer and society.

    • D. 

      Lean decisions are based on a short term philosophy, considering benefit to the customer and community.

  • 6. 
    Please pick the following answer(s) that are accurate, or true, regarding the following statement:  "Value is the product or service we ultimately provide to our customer."
    • A. 

      In lean, the staff defines the value.

    • B. 

      In lean, the customer defines the value.

    • C. 

      Basing customers needs on assumptions alone can create extra work.

    • D. 

      Value can be determined by asking customers directly.

    • E. 

      Establishing and consistently meeting internal customer needs is critical in increaing smooth, efficient processes for our customers.

  • 7. 
    For simplified analysis, Lean divides all activities into two categories:1 -2 -
  • 8. 
    Which statements defines "VALUE"?
    • A. 

      The customer has to be willing to pay for the activity

    • B. 

      The activity must "directly transform" the item or person flowing through the process into what the customer is willing to pay for.

    • C. 

      The activity must meet all epected requirments on the first attempt

    • D. 

      Value is defined by meeting all three statements A, B and C.

  • 9. 
    Please pick the following answer(s) that are accurate, or true, regarding the following statement: "Waste is another word for non value-add activity."  [Non-value activity occurs when the following criteria is not met - 1. customer must be willing to pay for it, 2. must be done right the first time, 3. the specific process directly changes "the cutomer's item" as being value added]
    • A. 

      Lean methods force us to view oiur work from the customer's perspective, see the value and question everything else.

    • B. 

      Seeing such tremendous amounts of waste in everything we do, enables us to undersand that significant improvement is posible.

    • C. 

      The goal is to maximize value while minimizing waste. This is done by uncovering the waste, to make waste visible for improvement.

    • D. 

      Human efforts can be considered waste when used on wateful activity.

    • E. 

      People are not waste.

  • 10. 
    What are the first 4 wastes?  The word "down", in DOWNTIME is a clue.