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Lean Tools to Help you Achieve Your Goals

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5S Guide

Describes a simple tool for organizing your work area in order to reduce waste, increase productivity, and achieve the peace of mind that comes from standardization.

A3 Template

A template for guiding problem-solving activities and reporting results.
Additional information on completing an A3 form.


Diagnostic Guide

Designed for Lean practitioners, this guide supplies insights, ideas, and tips that you can use the moment someone contacts you asking for help with Lean-powered improvement. Only by asking good questions can you understand the situation – and determine the next steps that will have the greatest impact.

Go/No-Go Kaizen Event Checklist

Lists the steps that are necessary to get a Kaizen event set up for success.

Innovate Before You Automate

It is a best practice that LeanOhio relies on for almost every process improvement project: No IT solutions until you improve the process first. This briefing paper explains the seven reasons why and provides several rich examples.

Kaizen Event Survival Guide

Designed for Kaizen team members, this 12-pager serves as a companion to the slides and instruction that unfold during a week-long Kaizen event. This is a must-have document for anyone who's going to be involved in a Kaizen event.

Lean Event Facilitation Guide

A step-by-step guide to facilitating a successful Lean improvement event.

Lean Six Sigma Terminology

A glossary of frequently used terms from the Lean Six Sigma world.

LeanOhio Tool Kit

Gives you clear how-to descriptions of crucial tools to analyze processes, generate ideas, reach consensus, build plans and more.

Metrics Guide

An essential guide for anyone who's involved in process improvement in state government. It includes detailed information about key measures for making processes simpler, faster, better and less costly.

Process Mapping Guide

A handy reference guide for any group that's going to draw out its work process in detail.

Project Charter Template

Provides a fill-in-the-blanks one-pager for capturing key project information.

Project Starter Kit

If you're looking for Lean-ready improvement projects, download this starter kit. It starts with a quick-take assessment that can point you in the right direction – leading to projects relating to 5S, poka-yoke (mistake-proofing), customer feedback, measurement, visual management and process mapping.

Schedule for Conducting a Kaizen Event

Provides a step-by-step summary of all that needs to happen before, during and after a Kaizen event.