Radical Lean Transformation One of the common questions that crops up during my conversations with my clients is – Why do companies have problems sustaining improvements through the application of lean manufacturing principles? The generic answer to this question is – Well, those companies are implementing lean manufacturing principles incorrectly! I personally find this answer … Read more
Good Bosses vs. Bad Bosses I read this article from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and I thought it would be great to share with everyone. The key questions in the article are: What are the traits of a good boss? How do the behaviors of a boss influence employee productivity? What do employees expect … Read more
Integracore of Atlanta went for a field trip to the Snap On Assembly Plant in Murphy NC. The plant was voted one of the 10 Best Plants in 2010 by Industry Week Magazine. The video gives great examples of the application of lean principles such as visual management using kanban cards, color coding, etc. I … Read more
Lean Office Kaizen Here is another great learning moment from Wildwood Cabinetry proving that LEAN is simply a series of small and easy to implement improvements. Wildwood Cabinetry embarked on their lean journey after reading Paul Akers book called “2 Second Lean”.
Lean Manufacturing Transformation Starts With Education! A forward thinking company starts their Radical Lean Transformation by educating their employees to understand lean principles. Employees need to develop the know-how to apply lean principles to improve their own workplace. An important aspect of any Lean Transformation is process improvement, and this involves bringing about change. Employees, … Read more
Implementing a Lean Strategy Can Improve Your Company’s ROI! If you’re truly interested in the application of lean principles I have a link below to a great article in which Orry Fiume discusses how a lean strategy can improve a company’s return on investment. He is a true legend in the lean accounting field … Read more
Lean Manufacturing Process for Repairing Gas Turbines: Here is a short video from Ethos Energy demonstrating how lean manufacturing principles were implemented to improve the repair of gas turbines. Lean Manufacturing does not have to be complicated. In fact, lean manufacturing does not need too much complexity because it encourages you to keep things simple … Read more
Lean Manufacturing Factory Tour: I personally love the way that Paul Akers has taken his company FastCap and transformed it into a world class organization by implementing simple and easy lean manufacturing principles. Paul has not done anything fancy or complicated! He has taken the basic lean manufacturing principles and applied them to help improve … Read more
In this shirt video, Wildwood Cabinetry explains how their changes to sanding table accomplished small “Lean” improvements. The continual improvements took place over a period of 12 months. The improved sanding station stops the indirect lighting from casting shadows which hides tiny imperfections in the wood grain from from the cabinetmaker’s view.
Lean Trash Can I was looking through my email the other day and I saw message from Paul Akers at FastCap. He wanted to share some information about a Lean Trash and how it was a perfect example of the way improvements develop over time. They never happen all in one session! Continuous Improvement is … Read more