Posts By: Dwight Bowen

Summary – Gemba Walk Network @ St. Vincent’s Hospital

The first meeting of the Gemba Walk Network took place at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester, MA. on December 5, 2013. Ironically, St. Vincent’s subject was their daily Gemba Walk. Attending companies: Baystate Health Southworth Corp. EIS Wire & Cable North Amherst Motors St. Vincent’s team does Gemba walks every day, going to see 24… Read more »

Network meeting January 9, 2014 at Four Seasons Produce

Where – Four Seasons Produce, Inc. • 400 Wabash Road • P.O. Box 788 • Ephrata, PA 17522-0788, contact Erin Edwards 717-721-2737 When – Thursday January 9, 2014 Arrive 8:30am, meeting begins 9:00am to noon, 12:30 to 4pm Dwight will train on “Creating a Favorable Environment for Continuous Improvement” What – Four Seasons deals with… Read more »

Summary Network Meeting 11/7/13 at Restek

Our thanks to the Restek team for doing a great job as our host. Learning points from the tour included some nice visuals and poka-yoke and a several opportunities for improvement. Afternoon training focused on Lean Product Design. Our next network meeting will be at Four Seasons Produce (the networks first opportunity to goo see… Read more »

Next Network Meeting Thursday November 7, 2013 @ Restek

Where –Restek, 110 Benner Circle, Bellefonte, PA 16823 Phone: (814) 353-1300 ext 2473,  Brian Yangula When – Thursday November 7, 2013 from 9am to 4pm What –Arrival: 0900 – 0915 Brief Restek company overview & our lean journey to date – 0915-1000 Tour 1000-1130: ·         QC (test) – Product flow including kanban ·         Caging… Read more »

Summary Network Meeting 10/17/13 at Misco Products

Andrew Bishop (the facilitator) wrote:   A really good trip to gemba with Becky and Dave this morning.  There was a lot of give-and-take both on the shop floor and in post-tour debriefing:  good ideas in practice on display and problems identified. In addition to Becky and Dave hosting, we had Green Leaf:        3 Restek:                … Read more »

Competing Meryl Runion Rose Interview


Today we have a real treat for you as Competing podcast’s guest is, Meryl Runion Rose. I met Meryl at the 2011 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference, where, she and Mike Rother, provided one of the best training workshop I have ever witnessed.  “Kata Talk” focusing on language which supports continuous improvement’s respect for people and… Read more »

Improving the Improved


Mary Ann is one of the companies most aggressive and effective Kaizen practitioners. So it was quite disappointing when I found her very upset with Irv, her boss.  She told me when she suggested opportunities to improve the assembly cell she works in, Irv told her “come on Mary Ann, we just improved that (2… Read more »

What’s in a Name?

This is the first installment of The LEAN Side, William Shakespeare once said, “that which we call a rose by any other name would still smell as sweet.” It was true way back then and still remains true today, but what does that have to do with LEAN Manufacturing or wire and cable? As it… Read more »

First Gemba Walk Network Meeting Scheduled

Where?  St. Vincent’s Hospital, Worcester Medical Center, 123 Summer St, Worcester, MA 01608 Phone: (508) 363-5000 When? Thursday December 5, 2013, 8:00am to Noon Who?  Businesses practicing lean/continuous improvement/business process excellence/ six-sigma etc.  NO CONSULTANTS PLEASE.  The maximum attendees we can accommodate comfortably is 15.  These spots will fill up quickly.  Registration is required, please… Read more »

Dwight will be speaking at Tobyhanna Army Depot October 10, 2013 and the Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference in Maryland November 5 & 6, 2013

  Tobyhanna Army Depot My presentation “Little by little one travels far”  will focus on keeping the momentum and sustaining continuous improvement.     The Mid-Atlantic Lean Conference Link to MWCC site and registration   My presentation “Nobody Cares” will focus on Management’s Responsibility to gain allies for continuous improvement