Creating the Ultimate Lean Office: A Zero-Waste Environment with Process Automation, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Creating the Ultimate Lean Office

A Zero-Waste Environment with Process Automation, 1st Edition

By Raymond S. Louis

Productivity Press

160 pages

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Paperback: 9781563273711
pub: 2007-11-19

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Manufacturing and service related businesses are heavily dependent on office and administrative processes, which can add up to 60 percent to all the costs associated with meeting customer demand. Applying lean techniques to the office must begin with a new definition of waste, backed by a set of techniques designed to eliminate waste and streamline nonvalue-adding activities. In Creating the Ultimate Lean Office, the definition of waste in the office goes one step further than the lean manufacturing definition, because any office activity that adds value or is necessary to perpetuate the business is considered waste, if it is still manually performed when it can be cost-effectively automated. The technique employed to eliminate this waste of manually performing required activities is referred to as administration automation. It permits users to design processes to meet the needs of their environments, which are then automated without, in the majority of cases, changing source code. This book, in the hands of a business process improvement team applying due diligence, can create a lean office that can compete vigorously against the best organizations in the world.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Achieving a Lean Office through Administration Automation

  • Chapter 1-The Lean Office
  • Chapter 2-Administration Automation
  • Chapter 3-Automating Administration Processes
  • Part 2: System Enhancement Options

  • Chapter 4-The Bolt-On System Enhancement Option
  • Chapter 5-The Extension System Enhancement Option
  • Chapter 6-The Supplier Modification Enhancement Option
  • Chapter 7-The Custom Routine System Enhancement Option
  • Chapter 8-The System Enhancement Selection Process
  • Part Three: Seven Steps of Administration Automation

  • Chapter 9-Step 1: Improvement Driven by Strategic Objectives
  • Chapter 10-Step 2: Selecting The Team and Primary Measurements
  • Chapter 11-Step 3: Determining Root Cause Issue(s) and Affected Process(es)
  • Chapter 12-Key Questions
  • Chapter 13-Step 4: Developing the Solution
  • Chapter 14-Step 5: Implementation Preparation
  • Chapter 15-Step 6: Implementation Approval and Secondary Measurements
  • Chapter 16-Step 7: Implementation
  • Conclusion

    Subject Categories

    BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
    BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Quality Control