Radical Lean Transformation

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

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

10 Step Training & Implementation Model

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

Lean Manufacturing ROI

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

Strategy Deployment

What is Strategy Deployment? Strategy Deployment was translated from the Japanese term “Hoshin Kanri.” It is loosely translated  into “Ho” which means “direction” and “Shin” which means “compass needle.” The second word is separated into two terms of “Kan” which means “control” and “Ri” which means “reason or logic.” The process was developed by compiling the … Read more

An Introduction to Lean Manufacturing

Here is a great lean manufacturing infographic from Bishop-Wisecarver Group. It explains the core principles involved in lean manufacturing, and it does this in a simple and visual way. It is easy to follow and educational because it allows you to learn through graphics. Results of a 2011 Lean Manufacturing Survey: The information on the … Read more

John Shook

Learning from John Shook I wanted to share this video.  John Shook is a Senior Advisor with the Lean Enterprise Institute and he is the keynote speaker at the conference hosted by Industry Week at one of their Best Plants Conference in Nashville, Tennessee on April 28 2009.  During this keynote, John Shook demonstrates how to spread a Lean … Read more