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 Products

Four Seasons Produce

Rose Corporation

Fenner Drives

Thanks to Alan Robinson for donating a few copies of “The Idea-Driven Organization” to attendees.

Our next network event will be Thursday August 7, 2014 when we visit the Shingo Prize winner, Tobyhanna Army Depot – details to follow soon.

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 Kata, Kamishibai (kah-mee-she-bye) boards and system, and idea systems as well as interactive training.

Why?:  Learn how other organizations have been successful in linking top leadership to daily improvement.  After-all, we all notice what the boss notices.

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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 today; mention
High-Performance Ideas
Call: 610-372-4721 x5716

Investment: $69
(includes free copy of
Alan Robinson’s book
The Idea-Driven Organization)

Payable at the door

Free parking available
in the adjacent parking garage at North Front & Washington Streets, Reading

The employees who interact directly with your customers, make your products, and provide your services are in the best position to see where problems exist and what improvements and new offerings would have the most impact. Every day, front-line employees see many problems and opportunities that their managers do not.

How often do those observations get acted upon in your organization?

The best ideas may come from the bottom, but they have to be systematically solicited from the top.

Most organizations largely ignore the enormous resource in their employee ideas. Either their managers do not realize the power in employee ideas, or they have never learned how to tap this power

Organizations usually do better at suppressing these ideas than promoting them.

Organizations that are not set up to listen to and act on front-line ideas are using at best only a fifth of their improvement engines.

What can you do to overcome that oversight?

Learn how high-performing idea processes work, and how to create an idea-driven organization.

Understand the key principles involved and the benefits you can expect from truly tapping ideas from your front-line people.

Our speaker: Alan Robinson, an internationally recognized expert on idea systems and author who has helped organizations all over the world, design and implement idea systems that allow managers

to implement 20, 50, or even a 100 ideas per person per year effectively.

The Idea Driven Organization


A copy of  Dr. Robinson’s latest book, The Idea-Driven Organization, is included in the price of the information session.

Summary Rose Corporation, May 15, 2014

Submitted by Andrew Bishop who facilitated:

In attendance at Thursday’s meeting hosted by The Rose Corp:
Peiffer Machine
Four Seasons
Green Leaf Plants
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 have visited Rose before were impressed by continued improvements on the shop floor and the progression from Rose’s strong 5S deployment to significant improvements in work processes.  Color coding, kitting, vendor engagement in improvements all add up:  “The job is easier now” – Assembly Foreman Emilio G.

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 Rose has learned and continues to learn.


Next Network meetings

June 4, 2014 at RACC – Idea-Driven Organizations – a public presentation by Alan Robinson

June 5, 2014 at RACC- Overcoming Organizational Obstacles – Influencing and training Improvement and Coaching Kata

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 College.

Next meeting Thursday June 12, 2014 at OFS Fitel

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 OFS’s story.  While you are there check out their Maintenance Department, a model of effective workplace organization.

All attendees must be registered

To register go to:      Click here to register

Summary Lean Thinking Network Meeting at Philips Ultrasound April 10, 2014

A very interesting look at improving the improved as we spent time in the recently reconfigured “Lensing cell”.

We were very impressed with the pride the Lensing cell team demonstrated.  It was clear to us they worked hard and together to make the improvements.  One key was the improvements reduced the need for cell operators by three people and those people were needed and placed in other departments.  Improvement did not mean layoff, a key philosophy of continuous improvement.

Great job by Dave Lauder and everyone in the Lensing cell team!

Attending companies:

  • ACT
  • Four Seasons Produce
  • Restek
  • Videon Central
  • Rose Corporation

Our next network meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 15, 2014 at Rose Corporation, details to follow

Next Network Meeting, April 24, 2014 at Baystate Hospital in Springfield MA

Where:  Baystate Hospital, 759 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA  01199
(413) 794-0000

Use the Daly Entrance.  We will collect in the Tolosky Living room, just off the Daly Lobby (on the right as you enter, past the help desk).

When:  Thursday April 24, 2014 from 8:30am until Noon

What:  Standard Work for Managers and Supervisors and Visual Management

Who: Maximum of 15 attendees, registration required

Why:  Good Visual Management allows Managers and Supervisors to build standard work in to their daily schedule.  Come see and learn how this is being addressed at Baystate Hospital.



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Next Lean Thinking Network Meeting Thursday April 10, 2014 @ Philips

Philips Where: 1 Echo Dr, Reedsville, PA 17084 phone 717-667-5000 Dave Lauder is our contact

When:  Thursday April 10, 2014 from 9am until Noon

What:  The A3 process, improving standard work in a large work cell……..go see and discuss the powerful results.

Who: 2 attendees per member company.  This meeting is designed for advanced lean learners.

Why:  A success story with standard work and A3!  Philips has targeted and achieved improvement in this cell three times.


9:00-9:30     Arrival/Introductions

9:30-10:30    A3 Standard Work Methodology

10:30-10:45   Break

10:45-11:30   Lensing A3 (manufacturing), and other examples as required (we have some transactional A3’s that may also interest the group)

11:30-12:00  Gemba Walk in the Lensing cell (space limited to 5 per group – not sure how many groups we will need.

12:00-1:00   Delta Review with pizza


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Upcoming schedule:

May 15, 2014 at Rose Corp.  subject to be determined.

June 5, 2014 – training day at RACC – Coaching Up – overcoming organization obstacles will be presented by Dwight Bowen