Too Many Papa Bear Companies

“JUST ORDER MORE WIDGETS! I’D RATHER HAVE TOO MUCH AND KEEP THINGS RUNNING THEN NOT HAVE ENOUGH AND STOP THE LINE.” How many have heard something like that? I’d be very surprised if you haven’t. I was dealing with a materials guy who was held accountable on uptime, I know…

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People need lean

http://www.leanblog.org/2009/12/guest-post-its-about-people/ Like many of you I first learned lean on the job in a manufacturing setting. Some of us have applied to areas outside manufacturing with pretty good success but there are things where it just seems like it’s not sticking with the people. So how do you convey the…

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Sweat The Small Stuff…It May Save Your Life

http://jamieflinchbaugh.com/2009/12/sweat-the-small-stuff-it-may-save-your-life-guest-post/ Flying is the safest form of travel in the world and a safe takeoff and landing is arguably a true 6sigma process but accidents still happen. Did you ever wonder what were the causes? Believe it or not it is rarely 1 huge catastrophic failure like an engine dying…

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Would You Box With 1 Arm Behind Your Back?

I recently an article on how LG is going to outsource all their computer manufacturing. This is an interesting trend in the industry because all computer companies (Dell, HP, Apple) are moving from design and manufacturing to just designing the computers and just outsourcing the rest. What does that mean?…

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Lean In the USA Today

I came across this great article in the USA Today on how Lean is helping manufacturing companies survive the recession. http://www.usatoday.com/money/industries/manufacturing/2009-11-01-lean-manufacturing-recession_N.htm?csp=34 It’s pretty simple. Get rid of waste, empower your people, and keep changing to get better and you have a winning formula. Now thats a bit easier said then…

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