Tag Archives: waste

Lean Innovation Series – Introduction

I've started working with a local healthcare insurance company in a role focused on driving improvement and innovation in its membership and billing operations. The company has a big focus on LEAN throughout the company and always has some sort of value stream mapping (VSM) or rapid process improvement workshop (RPIW) going on through the Kaizen Promotion Office (KPO). Despite this only being my second week on the job, I have already been involved in the company's LEAN efforts.

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Flipping Business Models Around

Some business models and products have been around so long that we just take them for granted, while others concepts that are becoming new business models are so new that we’re not quite sure what to expect. It is probably easiest to explain what I mean and why this juxtaposition is important by looking at a few examples. Most of these examples involve challenging our orthodoxies.

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Mr. Green Jeans

Blue jeans have become a fashion staple all around the world, but the manufacture of denim has also given the world a big environmental hit. Help may be on the way because there's now a new generation of dyes that eliminate huge amounts of waste and energy... and a surprising amount of water!

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Innovation Comes in Many Forms

Innovation comes in all different forms, and there is more than one way to boost profits in organizations. Layoffs are not the only way to improve the bottom line when times get tough. Often asking the right questions can uncover new revenue sources in areas that previously had only been seen as a source of costs.

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Go Green by Designing Out Brown

We’re starting to come to terms with the green revolution; we’re staring to realize that green is good for our planet and even better for our business. But how do we put greenwashing behind us and truly make a difference? To improve recycling, find the non-recyclable stuff in your product and design it out. Make a Pareto chart of non-recyclable ...

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