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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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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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Additive Manufacturing: A Game Changer

Throughout the decades I’ve been fortunate enough to witness the evolution manufacturing. I’m sure most of you old time I mean seasoned professionals remember the cam controlled chucking lathes. Cutting those cams to make the tool cut a certain path … Continue reading

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Coping With Serial Quality Programs – Groundhog C.I.

Does the movie Groundhog Day eerily remind you of your continuous improvement program cycle?  Just when you’re making true headway and ready to tackle the hard issues the alarm goes off and you awake only to find yourself back at … Continue reading

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Tribal Knowledge in Lean Manufacturing

During your usual lean implementation meetings there is a reference to “Tribal Knowledge”. Typically it’s presented with a somewhat negative connotation. General speaking tribal knowledge is defined as “collective wisdom of an organization past down from one employee to another”. … Continue reading

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Mobility of Management – Battling Deming’s Fourth Disease

  Dr. Deming spoke of this disease more than 30 years ago. Mobility of management refers to the constant job hopping of management personnel.   Interestingly corporations today not only contribute to this disease but almost encourage it.  Human resource … Continue reading

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Should Lean Be Taught As Science Or Art

I was pondering all things lean while mowing the lawn yesterday. The reoccurring theme was “why does lean training usually sap instead of zap workers”. What is the best approach to teach lean manufacturing, as an art or a science? … Continue reading

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Is a Kaikaku in your future?

Kaikaku is the latest continuous improvement initiative being practiced in the business world. Kaikaku means “Radical change.” The goal is to tear down walls both literally and figuratively.  Kaikaku events are generally used when kaizen events no longer provide the … Continue reading

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