Posts By: Dwight Bowen

Summary 8/7/14 visit to Tobyhanna Army Depot

Our second visit to the Shingo Prize winning Army Depot did not disappoint as we visited new areas and saw, heard and discussed the improvements made and opportunities to make further improvements.  Building #30 – Sandblast and Paint was the focus of our tour.  The highlight of the tour (to me) was an idea demonstrated… Read more »

Network meeting Thursday August 7, 2014 at Tobyhanna Army Depot

  Itinerary for the Visit of Lean Thinking Network 7 Aug 14   TIME EVENT LOCATION PERSONNEL INVOLVED 0830 Arrival Building 20 Danielle E. Weinschenk, Directorate of Productivity Improvement and Innovation  0900 Lean Six Sigma at Tobyhanna Army Depot Lean Six Sigma Room Brad Jones, Director, Productivity Improvement and InnovationSee Note 1 0930 Tour Building… Read more »

Summary – Network Training at RACC 6/5/14

The morning’s training focused on necessary changes to Lean Management Principles.  Mentoring (Managing to Learn – John Shook), Practicing/Communicating (Toyota Kato – Mike Rother) and Idea Systems (Idea-Driven Organizations – Alan Robinson, Dean Schroeder) were the source documents of much of the presentation.  Also discussed were Gemba Walks and Kamishibai Boards. In attendance were: Misco… Read more »

June 5, 2014 Overcoming Organizational Obstacles ……making it easier for leaders (CEO, President, COO, Plant Managers) to become involved in daily improvement

Who – targeted to the mid-level or member organizations, up to four per member company When:  Thursday June 5, 2014 9am to Noon Where:  Reading Area Community College, Schmidt Training and Technical Center (first floor) 10 S 2nd St, Reading, PA 19603  Phone 610-372-4721 What:  Dwight’s presentation will touch on:  Gemba walks, Improvement and Coaching… Read more »

Ideas Presentation by Alan Robinson and Ideas Consortium Opportunity

Setting up and Launching a High-Performance Ideas Process Unlock the Power of Bottom-up Ideas in Your Business Act now to attend a 90-minute session and learn how to Unlock the Power of Bottom-up Ideas in Your Business Wednesday, June 4 9:00—10:30 a.m. at the Schmidt Training & Technology Center at Reading Area Community College Register… Read more »

Summary Rose Corporation, May 15, 2014

Submitted by Andrew Bishop who facilitated: In attendance at Thursday’s meeting hosted by The Rose Corp: Videon Peiffer Machine Four Seasons Green Leaf Plants Misco Fenner Drives Tom McDevitt of Rose made an excellent case for the role of communication and a focus on organizational alignment in sustaining a lean deployment. Those of us who… Read more »

Next network meeting Thursday 5/15/14 at Rose Corp.

Where – Rose Corp., 401 N 8th St, Reading, PA 19601,   phone 610-376-5004 When – Thursday May 15, 2004 from 9am to noon What – “Sustaining Improvement” – Ten years of continuous improvement Who – 2 attendees per member company  – Please register at this link      REGISTER HERE Why – Go see and hear what… Read more »

Summary – Gemba Walk Network meeting at Baystate Hospital 4.24.14

If you are interested in how organizations overcome obstacles in a complicated and physically challenging environment you missed a great meeting. The theme was Standardized Work for Managers and Visual Management but our tour and discussions went well beyond those subjects. Companies in attendance: St. Vincents Hospital OFS Vitel EIS Wire and Cable Holyoke Community… Read more »

Next Gemba Walk Network meeting, June 12, 2014 at OFS

Where: OFS Fitel, 55 Darling Drive, Avon, CT Phone (860) 678-0371 When:  Thursday June 12, 2014 from 8:30am to Noon What: Idea Systems and empowering the workforce for continuous improvement Who: Maximum of 25 attendees (no consultants please).  All attendees must register.  No opened toed shoes, safety glasses provided. Why:  Go see and listen to… Read more »