Category Archives: Commentary

Are Executives Getting Fake News Regarding Lean Implementation

  If you been a Lean Practitioner for more than a decade I’m sure you can relate to the post today.   When listening to top executives give presentation regarding continuous improvement I’m always encouraged. They didn’t get where they’re … Continue reading

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The Promise of ERP

By Guest Contributor Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software implementation is a business trend that show no signs of stopping, albeit growing at a slower pace than in the past.  For many growing businesses ERP seems like the ‘obvious’ solution to … Continue reading

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Personalized Business Approach, Still a Win!

With the world seemingly being taken over by large impersonal conglomerates, one swallowing up another, it’s nice to know that there are still down to earth companies and CEOs out there.   A great example is Michael Thorn.  No, you’ve never … Continue reading

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The Begin of the End of Performance Reviews Hooray

Finally after decades of use the performance review as we know it is being phased out. The world is finally catching up with W. Edwards Deming who called for the elimination of performance appraisals decades ago!  In regard to reviews … Continue reading

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Lost Art of Expediting – Flight Club

Expediter, in manufacturing that is job title that is all but extinct. If you’re too young to remember the Expediter was the person responsible to keep shit moving, I mean the one employed to ensure efficient movement of goods or … Continue reading

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GOOD PEOPLE IN BAD SYSTEMS

One memorable quote of W. Edwards Deming was “A bad system will beat a good person every time”. This is relevant because most organizations focused primarily on developing people not processes. The stars of these organizations are those who know … Continue reading

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WITHOUT INVENTORY FLOW AND FIFO DON’T MIX

The purpose of lean manufacturing is simply to eliminate waste and increase value for customers and shareholders. The theory is to have optimum linkage and flow throughout your value stream. The rate of your production should match the rate of … Continue reading

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CORPORATE OR ORGANIC CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT

If you work in a medium or large organization I’ll bet there is a continuous improvement activity, in progress, planned or just completing. With so much emphasis on continuous improvement its mind boggling that 80% of implementations fail according to … Continue reading

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Sasquatches, Yetis, Big Foot and Kanban

Have you noticed all the reality shows today in search mythical creatures? You have your Ghosts, Bigfoot’s, and Swamp Monsters of course don’t forget Aliens. Must admit some are entertaining I enjoy a good laugh or scare as well as … Continue reading

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THE BIRDS AND BEES OF LEAN MANUFACTURING

Has your parent company had “The Talk” with you? You know that sometimes awkward talk about Lean Manufacturing principles. Awkward because parent companies themselves have tainted and wasteful pasts and probably isn’t really practicing safe Lean even today. Most companies … Continue reading

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