The action plan is an effective way to track tasks given throughout events or projects. The action plan captures the action number, action items, action owners and the dates of the actions. The action plan is often used when documenting and tracking project actions.
Assets is an accounting term that is used for items and resources that a company already owns. The term is used on a balance sheet to classify these items. Assets on hand are not the same as liabilities. The APICS Dictionary defines the term Assets as:
An Accounting/Financial term (balance sheet classification of accounts) representing resources owned by a company, whether tangible (cash, inventories) or intangible (patent, goodwill). These may have short term time horizon - such as cash, accounts receivable, and inventory- or a long term value (such as equipments, land, and buildings).
The Affinity Diagram is a powerful tool to use during projects with team members. It is an analytical tool that teams can use to organize ideas into subgroups with a common theme or relationship. The affinity diagram can help you see correlation in large amounts of data/information. It was created by Jiro Kawakita. There are many different methods that practitioners use to develop or build the affinity diagram. In 2015 Lean Strategies International LLC created the ©CURE methodology, which is a simple four step methodology that teams can use to group large amounts of data, establish innovative ideas and find solutions to issues while getting the most out of opportunities. The four steps for our upcoming course on the ©CURE methodology are shown below.
The name A3 is actually a reference to the size of paper the report is placed on. This report collects all key pieces of information and allows users to review all elements of improvement events, kaizen events and initiatives on one piece of paper. From a philosophical standpoint A3 refers to a thinking process used by many lean and six sigma practitioners for solving problems or taking advantage of opportunities. The thought process is outlined shown on the A3 and helps users establish a standard method of thinking while indirectly creating a familiar language and method of thinking amongst people. To learn more about A3 thinking visit a recent post in our blog Listen to the Gemba titled The Size of your brain matters not, A3 will fit!
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In both lean and six sigma it is important to understand all aspects of waste, including inventory. One form of inventory is anticipation inventory. Anticipation inventory is built according to "anticipated" or some future demand. It is additional inventory that is created above and beyond the actual demand of customers according to forecasts, projections or trends. Some examples of anticipation inventory might be:
Reference: Apics Dictionary 14'th edition.
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