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Summary LTN meeting at Tobyhanna Army Depot 9/22/16

Walking in to the “Lean/Continuous Improvement” conference room at Tobyhanna Army Depot, I was struck by the SEVEN Shingo Prize awarded to the depot.  I was then told they are pushing to win their eighth prize in 2017.  An impressive commitment to continuous improvement, their customers (soldiers in harms way), their people and to the… Read more »

Summary LTN meeting at Misco Products 5/19/16

Misco Products is into their sixteenth year of continuous improvement.  Today we look at another experiment they are undertaking: creating a quick response Quality Management team.  Over the years Misco has gained market share by developing process velocity……significantly reducing lead-time.  In recent years the company has decided to significantly expand their product offerings.  Speed and… Read more »

Summary Philips Ultrasound February 25, 2016

Hard work, continuous improvement and a wonderful collective spirit were noticed by all attendees. Overburden or Muri is the challenge as demand continues to increase while space (in a very well organized plant) is at a premium. Flow and overall capacity are the primary focus of Dave Lauder, his peers and his team.  This is… Read more »

Summary LTN meeting at MSC October 29, 2014

700,000 square feet, over 500,000 sku’s, 11,000 line items shipped per day, 40 hours of training, yearly, for all employees. Some of the eye catching facts we witnessed.  Fast, accurate, competitive and an engaging culture. A great morning for all in attendance: Four Seasons Produce Peiffer Machine Philips Ultrasound Restek and a guest from Massachusetts,… Read more »

Suggestions for your lean start-up

The latest, focused and to the point, “COMPETING” podcast focuses on time tested suggestions for an effective lean startup. From leadership commitment, to presentation of the value stream map based implementation plan, listen to what has and hasn’t worked for my client. Enjoy and write back with your thoughts, opinions and questions. Good and bad,… Read more »

5S Best Practices

Perhaps your company is implementing 5S and finding the process challenging. Resistance to 5S is frequently cultural………..”Hey, we don’t have time to clean up”……..or…..”auditing our facility and organizing and cleaning up each day will increase cost and reduce productivity”. Most companies find the 5S process difficult, especially when sales are strong. So how can you… Read more »

Lack of Trust – The 9th Waste?

Lack of Trust The Ninth Waste? Developing effective teamwork is extremely difficult. What would it take to improve your teamwork? Does trust affect teamwork? Company leaders; do your reports trust you, does ownership or your board of directors trust you? Do you trust them? Managers/Supervisors; do you trust your boss? Do your reports trust you?… Read more »

Competing July 2006

Lack of Trust The Ninth Waste ?

Developing effective teamwork is extremely difficult. What would it take to improve your teamwork? Does trust affect teamwork?

Company leaders; do your reports trust you, does ownership or your board of directors trust you? Do you trust them?

Managers/Supervisors; do you trust your boss? Do your reports trust you?

Everyone else; do you trust your boss? Your boss’s boss?

The Stages of Lean and the Art of Kaizen

The Stages of Lean (according to Dwight) Beginner implemented one Value Stream Map “future state” and are experiencing the “honeymoon effect” Improvement is daily, and progress is fast. Stalling dealing with the post-honeymoon condition. Lean isn’t as much fun and is no longer new. It still makes sense, but it’s getting a little stale. You… Read more »