1st Edition

Using Hoshin Kanri to Improve the Value Stream

By Elizabeth A. Cudney Copyright 2010
    160 Pages 52 B/W Illustrations
    by Productivity Press

    160 Pages
    by Productivity Press

    In Using Hoshin Kanri to Improve the Value Stream, leading lean and quality expert Elizabeth Cudney constructs a complete how-to guide that any organization can employ to start a Lean effort correctly and keep it on track. Rooted in practical examples garnered over years of hand-on practice, she illustrates the key principles of lean and value, and then shows you how to put them to work.

    Cudney points out that organizations often fail at improvement because they go after symptomatic problems rather than the faulty system-wide processes at the root of those problems. She shows you how to avoid this common misstep by using value stream mapping to create a current-state map. Done properly, this map will help everyone in your organization come to understand just how they deliver value to customers and where flawed processes cause them to fall short.

    The next step is to create a future-state map that defines best processes. While that may seem easy, reaching the goals of future-state maps requires a highly disciplined effort. At this point, Hoshin Kanri -- the art of policy deployment – can make a crucial impact. Hoshin Kanri encourages a systems approach that focuses on the long-term strategy of an organization. As much as defining a methodology, it inspires a positive mindset within your organization by starting with improvements that affect flow across the entire organization. In addition to improving the delivery of value, changes with broad impact will catch people’s attention, encourage their involvement and increase the momentum of improvement.

    Chapter by chapter, this book defines the key tools, such as Six Sigma, 5S, and mistake proofing, that your organization can employ to initiate needed process improvements.


    Lean Philosophy as an Enterprise Solution

    Case Study: An Introduction to Carjo Manufacturing Co. 


    Integrating Strategic Goals

    Hoshin Methods

    Case Study: Implementing Policy Deployment at Carjo Manufacturing Co. 


    The Basics of Value Stream Mapping .

    Case Study: Creating Current-State Maps of Three Carjo Manufacturing Facilities  

    Case Study: Identifying Improvement Opportunities at Carjo Manufacturing Co.


    Systems Thinking and Theory of Constraints 

    Tool Selection 

    Using Six Sigma to Improve Quality

    Using 5S to Create a Clean and Manageable Work Environment

    Using Single-Minute Exchange of Dies to Reduce Setup Time 

    Standard Work: Documenting the Interaction between People and Their Environment 

    Mistake-Proofing (a.k.a. Poka-Yoke): Preventing Defects by Monitoring Process Conditions and Correcting Errors at the Source


    Case Study: Daily Management and Action Plans at Carjo Manufacturing Co.



    Lean Glossary

    Additional Resources


    Elizabeth A. Cudney

    Every industrial engineer should purchase Using Hoshin Kanri to Improve the Value Stream. It provides the key to using the Hoshin Kanri framework and integrating it with the foundations of industrial engineering.
    — Marjorie Koch, President, Lean Division, Institute of Industrial Engineers

    Cudney's book provides a clear and concise view of how to best use Hoshin Kanri to drive improvement and realize the level of results organizations want and need. ... should be required reading for all business executives.
    — Karen Martin, Karen Martin & Associates, Author of The Kaizen Event Planner