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Year 2019

Vol_18_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_02_2019 Employee Experience
Vol_18_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_07_2019 Inventory is Evil
Vol_18_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_January_21_2019 Casual Glance ???
Vol_18_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_14_2019 The fence that me and Shorty Built
Vol_18_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_January_28_2019 Manage your Customer
Vol_18_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_04_2019 White Water Kayaking
Vol_18_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_February_11_2019 NEMAWASHI
Vol_18_Issue_08_Lean_Thoughts_February_18_2019 Lean is a Conveyor Belt
Vol_18_Issue_09_Lean_Thoughts_February_25_2019 Leadership Traits
Vol_18_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_04_2019 Advanced Lean
Vol_18_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_March_11_2019 Looking for the Next Evolution of Lean?  Using an …
Vol_18_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_18_2019 Employee Empowerment and Einstein’s Riddle
Vol_18_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_25_2019 Lessons from Peter Drucker
Vol_18_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_April_01_2019 Dreaded Shift Exchange
Vol_18_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_15_2019 Foundational Methodologies
Vol_18_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_22_2019 LeadershiP
Vol_18_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_April_29_2019 Sit on your hands
Vol_18_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_May_06_2019 Rubber Factory
Vol_18_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_May_12_2019 Waste
Vol_18_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_27_2019 problems, Problems … PROBLEMS !!!
Vol_18_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_June_03_2019 Engineer the PROCESS
Vol_18_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_June_17_2019 Simplicity of an A3
Vol_18_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_June_10_2019 Mistakes Leaders Make That Kill Employee Trust
Vol_18_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_24_2019 LEAN Transformation
Vol_18_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_July_01_2019 Customer Demand Planning
Vol_18_Issue_25_Lean_Thoughts_July_-07_2019 Again what is the purpose of 5S?
Vol_18_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_July_15_2019 Manufacturing Myths
Vol_18_Issue_27_Lean_Thoughts_July_-22_2019
Vol_18_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_August_05_2019 Lean, 6-Sigma and Takt Time
Vol_18_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_August_12_2019 Cellular & TAKT Time
Vol_18_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_19_2019 Supply Chain Management
Vol_18_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_26_2019 Managing Multiple Sites, Departments or Teams
Vol_18_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_September_09_2019 Key Performance Indicators
Vol_18_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_September_16_2019 PARADIGM SHIFT
Vol_18_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_September_23_2019 Find the PULSE … AND CONTROL IT
Vol_18_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_October_07_2019 Design for De Manufacturing
Vol_18_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_September_30_2019 STANDARD WORK … myths and opportunities
Vol_18_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_October_14_2019 You are Business because of YOUR Customer !!!
Vol_18_Issue_39_Lean_Thoughts_October_21_2019 Another Perspective look at Lean
Vol_18_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_October_28_2019 Lead, Follow or Get Out Of the Way!!
Vol_18_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_November_04_2019 EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT
Vol_18_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_November_11_2019 REMEMBERANCE DAY
Vol_18_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_November_18_2012 Visual Attendance
Vol_18_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_November_25_2019 Another approach to 5S+1
Vol_18_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_December_09_2019 Lean or just Common Sense?
Vol_18_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_December_02_2019 Manufacturing 4.0 … explained
Vol_18_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_December_16_2019 LEAN the four letter word !!!
Vol_18_Issue_48_Lean_Thoughts_December_23_2019 Merry Christmas !!! 2019

 

Year 2018

Vol_17_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_08_2018 Delivery Routes
Vol_17_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_15_2018 Emotional Attachment creates Employee Engagement
Vol_17_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_22_2018 Management of Customer Demand
Vol_17_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_January_29_2018 Visible Preventable Management  
Vol_17_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_February_19_2018 CAPD — Check, Act, Plan, Do
Vol_17_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_26_2018 Operating Principals
Vol_17_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_March_05_2018 Do you still need pencil and paper in 2018?
Vol_17_Issue_08_Lean_Thoughts_March_12_2018 Machines are our FRIEND
Vol_17_Issue_09_Lean_Thoughts_March_19_2018 Efficiency
Vol_17_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_April_02_2018 Complexity creates Simplicity with Kanban
Vol_17_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_26_2018 Refresh or Re-Boot your Lean Journey
Vol_17_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_April_09_2018 Surgable Production Trick
Vol_17_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_16_2018 Survive in Interesting Times
Vol_17_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_30_2018 Are you really observing during a “Waste Walk”?
Vol_17_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_May_07_2018 Industry 4.0
Vol_17_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_May_14_2018 Industry 4.0 — logistics
Vol_17_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_May_21_2018 Break the Paridigm
Vol_17_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_27_2018 10 inexpensive ways to boost moral
Vol_17_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_June_04_2018 First 30 days
Vol_17_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_June_-18_2018 10 stupid mistakes in employee relations
Vol_17_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_June_11_2018 Once again, 5S+1 is not about just about creating …
Vol_17_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_July_02_2018 IDEATION
Vol_17_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_-25_2018 another explanation of LEAN Enterprise
Vol_17_Issue_25_Lean_Thoughts_July_09_2018 Orator, Visual or Touch Communications ?
Vol_17_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_July_16_2018 Paradigm Shift & Key Performance Indicators
Vol_17_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_August_13_2018 Manage your INPUTS to control your costs
Vol_17_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_August_06_2018 FMEA   Failure Mode Evaluation Analysis
Vol_17_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_July_30_2018 Updating your Value Stream Maps
Vol_17_Issue_27_Lean_Thoughts_July_23_2018 Velocity is the actual currency of LEAN
Vol_17_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_20_2018 THE PLANNING SYSTEM: Position, Strategy, Implement…
Vol_17_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_August_27_2018 Building Effective Measurement Systems
Vol_17_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_September_03_2018CONTROL CHARTS
Vol_17_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_September_10_2018 Designing Delivery Routes
Vol_17_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_September_17_2018 Why LEAN ?
Vol_17_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_September_24_2018
Vol_17_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_October_01_2018 Create a better on boarding process
Vol_17_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_October_15_2018 Thoughts to improve Supplier Performance
Vol_17_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_October_08_2018 LEAN Implementation observations
Vol_17_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_October_22_2018 Implementing a LEAN Journey
Vol_17_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_October_29_2018 Is 99.9 Error Proof good enough?
Vol_17_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_November_12_2018 Continuous Flow and 4.0 ???
Vol_17_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_November_05_2018 VALUES
Vol_17_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_November_19_2018
Vol_17_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_November_26_2018 EVOLVING MANUFACTURING
Vol_17_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_December_10_2018 4 Questions to test your LEAN culture
Vol_17_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_December_03_2018 Pessimist or Opportunistic?
Vol_17_Issue_48_Lean_Thoughts_December_17_2018 Leader or Follower?
Vol_17_Issue_49_Lean_Thoughts_December_21_2018 MERRY CHRISTMAS 2018

 

Year 2017

Vol_16_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_09_2017 WASTE Identification
Vol_16_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_16_2017 THEORY of CONSTRAINTS
Vol_16_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_January_30_2017 CHALLENGES FOR 2017
Vol_16_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_23_2017 TOTAL PRODUCTIVE MANAGEMENT
Vol_16_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_February_06_2017 Succession Planning and Managing Change
Vol_16_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_13_2017 Business Requirements Planning (BRP)
Vol_16_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_February_20_2017 More than LEAN OPERATIONS
Vol_16_Issue_8_Lean_Thoughts_February_27_2017 Subtle Communications TIPS
Vol_16_Issue_9_Lean_Thoughts_March_06_2017
Vol_16_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_13_2017 FLOW– should be the primary focus
Vol_16_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_March_20_2017 Natural Work Groups
Vol_16_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_27_2017 The Hidden Philosophy of LEAN
Vol_16_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_10_2017 Fish Bone Diagrams
Vol_16_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_April_03_2017 Asking Questions on the Shop Floor
Vol_16_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_May_01_2017 EVSM Tips
Vol_16_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_17_2017 Velocity the Genesis of LEAN
Vol_16_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_May_22_2017 For PROFESSIONAL results you need to look PROFESSI…
Vol_16_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_29_2017 Leadership Traits
Vol_16_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_June_12_2017 Engineer your SHADOW BOARD
Vol_16_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_June_05_29_2017 What is KAIZEN ?
Vol_16_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_26_2017 The 4P’s of TPS and why it just makes sense.
Vol_16_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_June_19_2017 14 Principals of TPS & thoughts about Training
Vol_16_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_July_10_2017 Maintenance Audit for LEAN effectiveness  
Vol_16_Issue_25_Lean_Thoughts_July_17_2017 How to study Process
Vol_16_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_July_24_2017 What is World Class?
Vol_16_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_July_31_2017 Managing Customer Demand
Vol_16_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_August_14_2017 3 Hats of a Change Agent
Vol_16_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_August_21_2017 Workplace Negativity
Vol_16_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_28_2017 Using Value Stream Mapping as a Continuous Improve…
Vol_16_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_September_03_2017 Ways smart people work less and get more done
Vol_16_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_September_10_2017 MAINTENANCE AREA AUDIT A GREAT LEAN MEASUREMENT
Vol_16_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_September_25_2017 Designing Delivery Routes
Vol_16_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_October_02_2017 LEAN Implementation observations
Vol_16_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_October_10_2017 Managing People, your most valuable resource
Vol_16_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_October_16_2017 Creating a LEAN CULTURE
Vol_16_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_November_06_2017 Lean or TOC ?  is there a difference?
Vol_16_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_November_13_2017 Lean is about Basics
Vol_16_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_November_20_2017 Mistakes Leaders Make That Kill Employee Trust  
Vol_16_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_November_27_2017 Andon $ Jidoka
Vol_16_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_December_04_2017 Another 5S+1
Vol_16_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_December_11_2017 Replenishment Methodologies
Vol_16_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_December_18_2017 Merry Christmas

 

Year 2016

Vol_15_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_04_2016 It is ONLY 5 minutes !
Vol_15_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_11_2016 4 Productivity Styles
Vol_15_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_18_2016 Lean Customer
Vol_15_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_January_25_2016 Social Media
Vol_15_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_08_2016 Getting Rid of Just In Case items
Vol_15_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_February_01_2016 Visual Standard Work Instructions (VSWI)
Vol_15_Issue_08_Lean_Thoughts_February_22_2016 Value Stream Manager (ment)
Vol_15_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_February_15_2016 Design For Assembly
Vol_15_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_07_2016 Lean Office
Vol_15_Issue_09_Lean_Thoughts_February_29_2016 A Formal Problem Solving Methodology is more than …
Vol_15_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_March_14_2016 Smart Floors
Vol_15_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_21_2016 Lean Indicators
Vol_15_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_March_28_2016 Should the ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW be klled?
Vol_15_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_04_2016 A3 … the basics
Vol_15_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_11_2016 Advantage of Handwritten Data
Vol_15_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_April_18_20161 Manage Variability
Vol_15_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_April_25_2016
Vol_15_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_May_02_2016 Lean Maintenance
Vol_15_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_06_2016 LEAN & CLEAN
Vol_15_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_May_16_2016 Design your LEAN journey and assessment
Vol_15_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_May_23_2016 Cell Flow — Right or Left?
Vol_15_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_May_30_2016 Value Streams
Vol_15_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_06_2016 Training Pays ….
Vol_15_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_June_12_2016 Your Code of Conduct
Vol_15_Issue_25_Lean_Thoughts_June_20_2016 Time to LEAN … time to CLEAN
Vol_15_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_June_27_2016 Improvement and Cost Reduction
Vol_15_Issue_27_Lean_Thoughts_July_04_2016 Another explanation of Lean Enterprise
Vol_15_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_July_11_2016 Trust in your Supply Chain
Vol_15_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_July_18_2016 Visitors are your best auditors
Vol_15_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_August_01_2016 5 Minute 5S+1
Vol_15_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_08_2016 PEOPLE …How to Recruit and Comand
Vol_15_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_August_15_2016 Developing a LEAN changeover program
Vol_15_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_August_22_2016 Hosting better Meetings
Vol_15_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_August_29_2016 Methodologies Named after People
Vol_15_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_September_05_2016 The Threat To Lean Posed by Standard Accounting Pr…
Vol_15_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_September_12_2016 The PERFECT Value Stream
Vol_15_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_September_26_2016 5S+1 … the enabler
Vol_15_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_September_19_2016 Output … What is your role and accountability?
Vol_15_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_October_24_2016 Another Perspective look at LEAN
Vol_15_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_October_17_2016 Seek cadence within PROCESS
Vol_15_Issue_39_Lean_Thoughts_October_10_2016 Managing Customer Demand
Vol_15_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_October_03_2016 Pessimist or Opportunistic ?
Vol_15_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_October_31_2016 A COOL TOOL to manage rumours !!
Vol_15_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_November_06_2016 Customer Service — rules of the game
Vol_15_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_November_20_2016 KAMISHIBAI CARDS
Vol_15_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_November_14_2016 You are RICH !!!
Vol_15_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_December_05_2016 Some essential LEAN TOOLS
Vol_15_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_December_12_2016 More essential LEAN TOOLS explained
Vol_15_Issue_48_Lean_Thoughts_December_19_2016 DUMB or SMART manufacturing?

 

Year 2015

Vol_14_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_05_2015 LEAN APATHY
Vol_14_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_12_2015 CYCLE Time
Vol_14_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_19_2015 Idle | WIP |Buffers — Explanations
Vol_14_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_January_26_2015 First 30
Vol_14_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_February_02_2015 FIRST 30 — part 2
Vol_14_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_09_2015 VISUAL
Vol_14_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_February_16_2015 How to LOSE your best employees and how to Future-…
Vol_14_Issue_09_Lean_Thoughts_March_09_2015 Green Eggs & Ham
Vol_14_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_16_2015 How to run a Sales Meeting
Vol_14_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_March_23_2015 Stop Fighting Emergency Fires in Five Steps
Vol_14_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_30_2015 10 Questions to ask about your Measurement System
Vol_14_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_06_2015 Lean Stumbles … and … how to get back up
Vol_14_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_April_13_2015 How is your LEAN journey ?
Vol_14_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_April_20_2015 Are you copying the wrong business model?
Vol_14_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_April_27_2015 Is Amazon’s Dash Button a Boost to Supply Chain?
Vol_14_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_04_2015 It is NOT a container …
Vol_14_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_May_11_2015 Tips to 5S your computer
Vol_14_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_May_18_2015 Velocity the Genesis of LEAN
Vol_14_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_May_25_2015 Stories for CI and Leadership
Vol_14_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_01_2015 Accelerating your Lean Deployment
Vol_14_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_June_08_2015 Designing the RUBBER production environment.
Vol_14_Issue_25_Lean_Thoughts_June_15_2015 How to Motivate unmotivated people
Vol_14_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_June_22_2015 Bull Whip
Vol_14_Issue_27_Lean_Thoughts_June_29_2015 Subliminal Messaging
Vol_14_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_July_06_2015 Visitors are your best auditors
Vol_14_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_July_14_2015 Demming’s PDCA and Value Stream Mapping
Vol_14_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_July_20_2015 Get “ON” your business
Vol_14_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_August_03_2015 The 4 Types of Productivity Styles
Vol_14_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_August_10_2015 5 Minute 5S+1
Vol_14_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_August_17_2015 OSKKK & 8 Questions
Vol_14_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_August_24_2015 The Tasks of a LEAN Manager
Vol_14_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_August_31_2015 Creating a LEAN Culture
Vol_14_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_September_07_2015 Planning, Insuring Execution and … Budgets
Vol_14_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_September_14_2015 LEAN Journey
Vol_14_Issue_39_Lean_Thoughts_September_21_2015 SUPPLIER SCORECARD
Vol_14_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_October_05_2015 Takt Time & Kanban loops
Vol_14_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_September_28_2015 Why are your Employees Quitting?
Vol_14_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_October_12_2015 Team Alignment
Vol_14_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_October_19_2015 Why I oppose Offices and how to think Strategicall…
Vol_14_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_October_26_2015 Best Argument for TPM
Vol_14_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_November_02_2015 Suck don’t blow
Vol_14_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_November_09_2015 Poka-Yoke
Vol_14_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_November_16_2015 God & Grass
Vol_14_Issue_48_Lean_Thoughts_November_23_2015 Managing Change
Vol_14_Issue_49_Lean_Thoughts_November_30_2015 Lean — in the office !!
Vol_14_Issue_50_Lean_Thoughts_December_07_2015 The White Board Marker
Vol_14_Issue_51_Lean_Thoughts_December_14_2015 The UPSIDE of DOWNTIME

 

Year 2014

Vol_13_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_06_2014 Lean Observation Sheet
Vol_13_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_12_2014 Things SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE Do Differently
Vol_13_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_20_2014 Cycle Time and Throughput
Vol_13_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_February_03_2014 Cells and Continuous Flow
Vol_13_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_February_10_2014 Yoketen or Wiki database
Vol_13_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_17_2014 Hiring and Alignment of Employees  
Vol_13_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_February_23_2014 Dreyfus Model of Skill Acquisition
Vol_13_Issue_08_Lean_Thoughts_March_03_2014 CELL MATERIAL FLOW ???  RIGHT OR LEFT ??
Vol_13_Issue_09_Lean_Thoughts_March_10_2014 Ten Leadership Musts for your Lean Journey
Vol_13_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_17_2014 RECOGNITION & REWARD IDEAS
Vol_13_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_March_24_2014 Creating a LEAN CULTURE
Vol_13_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_31_2014 LEAN & TOC … compatible cousins
Vol_13_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_April_06_2014 Is OEE a useful Key Performance Indicator?
Vol_13_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_14_2014 The 7 Worst Ways To End A Meeting
Vol_13_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_21_2014 KAMISHIBAI CARDS
Vol_13_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_April_28_2014 “Moving A Brobdingnagian Needle” Lessons of Lean a…
Vol_13_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_May_05_2014 Managing Workplace ABSENTEEISM  
Vol_13_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_May_11_2014 5S+1 … not a housekeeping methodology
Vol_13_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_19_2014 1 Billion
Vol_13_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_May_26_2014 10 inexpensive ways to boost moral
Vol_13_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_June_02_2014 Orator, Visual or Touch Communications ?
Vol_13_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_16_2014 Choice Overload
Vol_13_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_June_23_2014 How People Learn
Vol_13_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_June_30_2014_ Question TO Stupidity
Vol_13_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_July_14_2014_ Do Differently Every Day
Vol_13_Issue_27_Lean_Thoughts_July_07_2014_ The “Forever” Rule
Vol_13_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_July_21_2014_ Managing workplace absenteeism
Vol_14_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_July_27_2014 Managing Customer Demand
Vol_13_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_04_2014_ Process Cadence
Vol_13_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_August_11_2014_ Performance Metrics
Vol_13_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_August_18_2014 Questioning for Performance & Creating Challenges
Vol_13_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_August_25_2014 The Learning Cycle
Vol_13_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_September_02_2014Poka Yoke (Mistake Proofing)
Vol_13_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_September_07_2014DON”T WALK !!!  Stand and observe
Vol_13_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_September_15_2014Remember the core principals of Lean
Vol_13_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_September_22_2014 Two paths to a QUICK CHANGE-OVER
Vol_13_Issue_39_Lean_Thoughts_September_29_2014 So did you know that visual management can be your…
Vol_13_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_October_06_2014 ASSESSMENTS … what happened to the Baldrig Award…
Vol_13_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_October_13_2014 Execute your Plan
Vol_13_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_October_20_2014 Can You Tell Me How to Get to Carnegie Hall?
Vol_13_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_October_27_2014 Clean Lean Office
Vol_13_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_November_03_2014 Contract Employees are people too
Vol_13_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_November_10_2014 Everything is a Change Management Problem
Vol_13_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_November_17_2014 The internet of things to come to Manufacturing
Vol_13_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_November_23_2014 What is your Employee Retention Plan ????
Vol_13_Issue_49_Lean_Thoughts_December_08_2014 Just how many people do you need?
Vol_13_Issue_50_Lean_Thoughts_December_15_2014 Who Was Responsible for the Discovery of Magnetism…
Vol_13_Issue_51_Lean_Thoughts_December_22_2014IMPROVING SAFETY

Year 2013

Vol_12_Issue_01_Lean_Thoughts_January_01_2013 Three (Incredibly Simple) Questions
Vol_12_Issue_02_Lean_Thoughts_January_14_2013 The Incredible Disappearing Workforce
Vol_12_Issue_03_Lean_Thoughts_January_21_2013 THE FENCE THAT ME AND SHORTY BUILT
Vol_12_Issue_04_Lean_Thoughts_January_28_2013 TPM
Vol_12_Issue_05_Lean_Thoughts_February_04_2013 A ‘Lean’ Personnel Model — What is done with the…
Vol_12_Issue_06_Lean_Thoughts_February_11_2013 The 5 Steps to Explaining What You Actually Do or …
Vol_12_Issue_07_Lean_Thoughts_February_18_2013 Top 5 Quality Metrics for the Plant Manager’s Dash…
Vol_12_Issue_08_Lean_Thoughts_February_25_2013 7 Ways to Keep Your Team Motivated
Vol_12_Issue_09_Lean_Thoughts_March_04_2013 The LANGUAGE of LEAN
Vol_12_Issue_10_Lean_Thoughts_March_11_2013 some BEST BUSINESS practices
Vol_12_Issue_11_Lean_Thoughts_March_18_2013 Lean Deployment OBSERVATION
Vol_12_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_25_2013 Jishuken
Vol_12_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_April_01_2013 Japanese LEAN definitions
Vol_12_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_08_2013 LEAN WAREHOUSE
Vol_12_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_15_2013 GOALS WITHOUT PLANS
Vol_12_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_April_22_2013 WORKFORCE ENGAGEMENT
Vol_12_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_April_29_2013 STAY FOCUSED > Say No to Extra Work
Vol_12_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_May_06_2013 LEAN & CLEAN
Vol_12_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_20_2013 MAINTENANCE AREA AUDIT
Vol_12_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_May_27_2013 QRQC | QUICK RESPONSE QUALITY CONTROL
Vol_12_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_June_03_2013 TECH SAVING TOOLS
Vol_12_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_June_10_2013 CODE OF CONDUCT
Vol_12_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_June_17_2013 ARE YOU REALLY IMPROVING???
Vol_12_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_24_2013 SINGLE PIECE FLOW
Vol_12_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_June_30_2013 SAFE TAKE-OFFS & LANDINGS
Vol_12_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_July_22_2013 PUSH OR PULL … Lean Implementation
Vol_12_Issue_27_Lean_Thoughts_July_29_2013 The 4 Advisors YOU NEED … Who Could Save You Fro…
Vol_12_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_August_05_2013 PERFECT VALUE STREAM
Vol_12_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_August_12_2013 Zip & Postal Codes for your Facility
Vol_12_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_August_19_2013 HOW COMPLIANT ARE YOUR PROCESSES?
Vol_12_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_August_26_2013 MANUFACTURING are your listening?
Vol_12_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_September_02_2013 BUDGET | STRATEGIC PLANNING – Thought Starters, pa…
Vol_12_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_September_09_2013 BUDGET | STRATEGIC PLANNING – thought starters, pa…
Vol_12_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_September_16_2013 The Things That Kill “Going Lean Successfully”
Vol_12_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_September_23_2013 we remember EIJI TOYODA
Vol_12_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_September_30_2013 The power of ERROR
Vol_12_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_October_07_2013 Another Perspective look at LEAN
Vol_12_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_October_14_2013 The Cost of Absenteeism
Vol_12_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_October_21_2013 Stand in the CIRCLE
Vol_12_Issue_39_Lean_Thoughts_October_28_2013 Roots of LEAN
Vol_12_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_November_04_2013 VALUES
Vol_12_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_November_11_2013 E-MAILS AND MOBILE APPS
Vol_12_Issue_42_Lean_Thoughts_November_18_2013 VISUAL MANAGEMENT IS YOUR BRANDING
Vol_12_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_November_25_2013 GIVE RESPECT – GAIN RESPECT
Vol_12_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_December_02_2013 Find the PULSE and control it
Vol_12_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_December_08_2012 5 FEET is 2.5 seconds
Vol_12_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_December_16_2013 7 Tips to manage your temporary workers
Vol_12_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_December_20_2013 Merry Christmas

Year 2012

Vol_11_Issue_12_Lean_Thoughts_March_19_2012 TOTAL PRODUCTIVE MAINTENANCE | TPM
Vol_11_Issue_13_Lean_Thoughts_March_26_2012 RED | YELLOW | GREEN | INVENTORY MANAGEMENT
Vol_11_Issue_14_Lean_Thoughts_April_02_2012 KANBAN’S EVERYWHERE
Vol_11_Issue_15_Lean_Thoughts_April_09_2012 Velocity the Genesis of LEAN
Vol_11_Issue_16_Lean_Thoughts_April_16_2012 GETTING LEAN RIGHT
Vol_11_Issue_17_Lean_Thoughts_April_23_2012 Things Leaders Do
Vol_11_Issue_18_Lean_Thoughts_April_30_2012 The Future of Manufacturing is NOW
Vol_11_Issue_19_Lean_Thoughts_May_07_20121 VISUAL WORKPLACE
Vol_11_Issue_20_Lean_Thoughts_May_14_2012 LEAN Transformation
Vol_11_Issue_21_Lean_Thoughts_May_21_2012 5S … NOT JUST HOUSEKEEPING
Vol_11_Issue_23_Lean_Thoughts_June_04_2012 STANDARD WORK INSTRUCTIONS — Establishing the Anc…
Vol_11_Issue_22_Lean_Thoughts_May_28_2012 10 stupid mistakes in employee relations
Vol_11_Issue_24_Lean_Thoughts_June_11_2012 7 Deadly Sins of Sales Forecasting (reprint from D…
Vol_11_Issue_25_Lean_Thoughts_June_18_2012 Honeywell International … from bitter to sweet
Vol_11_Issue_26_Lean_Thoughts_June_25_2012 7 Habits of Successful Teams
Vol_11_Issue_28_Lean_Thoughts_July_09_2012 another explanation of LEAN Enterprise
Vol_11_Issue_29_Lean_Thoughts_July_16_2012 the power of AMAZING PEOPLE
Vol_11_Issue_30_Lean_Thoughts_July_23_2012 FEMA = Failure Mode Effect Analysis
Vol_11_Issue_31_Lean_Thoughts_July_30_2012 Managing Customer Demand
Vol_11_Issue_32_Lean_Thoughts_August_06_2012 THE LONG TAIL
Vol_11_Issue_33_Lean_Thoughts_August_13_2012 CADENCE IN PROCESS
Vol_11_Issue_34_Lean_Thoughts_August_20_2012 Another Perspective of LEAN
Vol_11_Issue_35_Lean_Thoughts_August_27_2012 COACHES COACHING COACHES – a note from John Shook …
Vol_11_Issue_36_Lean_Thoughts_September_03_2012 VALUES BUILD CULTURE
Vol_11_Issue_37_Lean_Thoughts_September_10_2012 5S+1 as an enabler
Vol_11_Issue_38_Lean_Thoughts_September_17_2012 Support accountability throughout your workplace
Vol_11_Issue_39_Lean_Thoughts_September_24_2012 Seek Cadence within Process
Vol_11_Issue_40_Lean_Thoughts_September_30_2012 Tomorrow’s World
Vol_11_Issue_41_Lean_Thoughts_October_08_2012 MANAGING CUSTOMER DEMAND
Vol_11_Issue_43_Lean_Thoughts_October_22_2012 YOU ARE RICH !!!
Vol_11_Issue_44_Lean_Thoughts_October_29_2012 Additional roles for Engineering
Vol_11_Issue_45_Lean_Thoughts_November_05_2012 TOC
Vol_11_Issue_46_Lean_Thoughts_November_11_2012 DELTA FLIGHT 15
Vol_11_Issue_47_Lean_Thoughts_November_19_2012 5 FEET IS 2.5 SECONDS !!
Vol_11_Issue_48_Lean_Thoughts_November_26_2012 PRICING TO WIN
Vol_11_Issue_49_Lean_Thoughts_December_03_2012 VISUAL ATTENDANCE
Vol_11_Issue_50_Lean_Thoughts_December_10_2012 10 FREE TECH TOOLS & REPORT-OUT BOARD MAGIC
Vol_11_Issue_51_Lean_Thoughts_December_17_2012 MERRY CHRISTMAS

Year 2011

03/01/2011 You won a PRIZE spend and share wisely!

10/01/2011 17 Facts About China That Will Blow Your Mind

17/01/2011 STRATEGIC plan to individual ACTION

24/01/2011 STRATEGIC plan to individual ACTION 2

31/01/2011 Hire for ATTITUDE and train for APTITUDE

 

07/02/2011 PROGRESSION Planning and Managing CHANGE

14/02/2011 Are you using the power of TAKT TIME?

21/02/2011 LEAN Customer

28/02/2011 “UP” – What does it really mean?

 

07/03/2011 “VISION” of VISUAL workplace

14/03/2011 The new economy technology eliminates work & workers

21/03/2011 Developing a lean culture

28/03/2011 5 Steps to Implementing a Lean Material Handling System

 

04/04/2011 SKU management

11/04/2011 Create a Lean, Mean Machine

18/04/2011 SOME THOUGHTS ON…ISHEKAWA CHARTS

25/04/2011 SOME THOUGHTS ON…VISUAL ATTENDANCE

 

02/05/2011 SOME THOUGHTS ON…LEAN MAINTENANCE

09/05/2011 LEAN & CLEAN

16/05/2011 VISIT MAINTENANCE FOR YOUR LEAN ASSESSMENT

23/05/2011 CELL MATERIAL FLOW ??RIGHT OR LEFT?

30/05/2011 KANBANS ARE EVERYWHERE

 

06/06/2011 Designing the “RUBBER” Production Environment

13/06/2011 YIELD

20/06/2011 Orator, Visual or Touch Communications ?

27/06/2011 The “Forever” Rule–an attribute of Product Realization

 

04/07/2011 Trust in your Supply Chain or measure for results

11/07/2011 DEVELOPING A LEAN CHANGEOVER PROGRAM

18/07/2011 PUSH OR PULL LEAN IMPLEMENTATION ?

24/07/2011 Visitors are your best Auditors

31/07/2011 People are Important

 

08/08/2011 5 Minute 5S+1

15/08/2011 Managing People, your most valuable resource

29/08/2011 Lean Value Stream … Have you truly defined your value stream?

 

06/09/2011 Developing a LEAN culture

12/09/2011 DMAIC OR DMEDI?

19/09/2011 Reminders for your EXCELLENCE journey

26/09/2011 A Painless Look at Using Statistical Techniques to Find the Root Cause of a Problem

 

03/10/2011 Another Perspective look at Lean

10/10/2011 Manage your Inputs to control your costs

17/10/2011 Lean versus Profitable Throughput

24/10/2011 Plan For Every Part

 

07/11/2011 The 13 Characteristics of Successful People

Year 2010

04/01/2010 Slow Down … Go Faster

11/01/2010 Bored by Lean

18/01/2010 SWOT

25/01/2010 Social networking


01/02/2010 More than lean operations

08/02/2010 Values build culture

15/02/2010 The case for backshoring

22/02/2010 Looking for the next evolution of lean? Look back.


01/03/2010 Looking for the next evolution of lean? TOC -DBR

08/03/2010 Tools for innovation and breaking intellectual inertia TRIZ

15/03/2010 Lean Deployment Observation Sheet – Quick Lean Audit

22/03/2010 Forming –Storming –Norming–Performing

29/03/2010 Leveraging your Maintenance Team?


05/04/2010 Making Cells work for You!

12/04/2010 Some thoughts on…ISHEKAWA Charts

19/04/2010 Six Basic Problems with Business Performance Metrics

26/04/2010 Steven Tyler Laid Off From AerosmithAs Band’s Jobless Rate Hits 20%


03/05/2010 Jidoka [Line Stoppage Variation]

10/05/2010 Focus on Lean The Art of Sustaining Lean Performance

17/05/2010 Capacity Staffing Plan or …Why Do LEAN in meager times?

24/05/2010 Conduct an AssessmentMeasure the pulse of your journey

31/05/2010 Lean Value StreamHave you truly defined your value stream?


07/06/2010 VisionIt is not just for the big guys!

14/06/2010 Code of ConductArticulating your values

21/06/2010 BULL WIP the effect in your supply chain

28/06/2010 10 Common Misconceptions About Lean


05/07/2010 Trust in your Supply Chainor measure for results

12/07/2010 Manufacturing Myths

19/07/2010 Deming’s PDCA and Value Stream Mapping

26/07/2010 The Right Process Will Produce the Right Results


02/08/2010 Updating Your Value Stream Maps !!

09/08/2010 Selling Change

16/08/2010 From Supply Chain to Value Chain

23/08/2010 Customer Loyalty


06/09/2010 Customer Loyalty

13/09/2010 Lean Journey

20/09/2010 John Kotter’ 8 Step Change model

27/09/2010 Pokayoke [Mistake Proofing]


04/10/2010 Team Alignment

11/10/2010 Good Enough Never Is [Or is it?]

18/10/2010 Value Stream Mapping


01/11/2010 Compression Thinking

08/11/2010 The White Board Marker or Learning Through Writing!

15/11/2010 The Observation Sheet Or Learning By Looking!

22/11/2010 10 Secrets To Improving Your Speaking Skills

29/11/2010 JESSENKEN


06/12/2010 Stories for Continuous Improvement & Leadership

13/12/2010 Improving SAFETY

20/12/2010 Merry Christmas

Year 2009

05/01/2009 People are Important

12/01/2009 Challenges for 2009 ?

19/01/2009 How To Manage Your Business in a Recession

25/01/2009 Pessimist or Opportunistic?


02/02/2009 January Indicators

09/02/2009 How to THRIVE instead of survive

16/02/2009 Casual Glance? or Do you Look and See and Observe?

23/02/2009 Material Velocity & Conveyance, the test of Lean


02/03/2009 Not Lean … but shows Leadership

09/03/2009 Strategic Importance of Forecasting

16/03/2009 SKU Management

23/03/2009 Adaptability…..The Non-Negotiable Competency

30/03/2009 WAL MART – The Lean Enforcer


06/04/2009 Velocity the Genesis of LEAN

13/04/2009 Getting Lean “Right”:10 points to consider before embarking on your lean transformation

20/04/2009 The Three Ps of Lean Action

27/04/2009 Six Basic Problems with Business Performance Metrics


04/05/2009 Designing the “RUBBER” Production Environment

11/05/2009 No Counting !!

18/05/2009 Water Spiders

25/05/2009 Respect for People or …Distributed Accountability?


01/06/2009 Re-Purpose Before You Re-StructureA recent note from James Womach

08/06/2009 Connecting Across the Generations in the Workplace

14/06/2009 Once again, 5S+1 is not about just about creating a clean and organized environment

21/06/2009 Next Generation Manufacturing Study

28/06/2009 Growth midst recession scarcity & abundance


06/07/2009 Visitors are your best Auditors

13/07/2009 Developing a lean changeover program

20/07/2009 Summer “Lean” reading

27/07/2009 Perception


03/08/2009 5 Minute 5S+1

10/08/2009 Hosting Better Meetings

17/08/2009 Capacity Staffing Plan or …Why Do LEAN in meager times?

24/08/2009 Hirano’s Eight Conditions for Flow

31/08/2009 How do you treat your orders?


07/09/2009 PokaYoke (Mistake Proofing)

14/09/2009 Put Your Mission and Values To Work-to Produce Alignment

28/09/2009 The Birthday Club-a cool tool to manage rumours-


05/10/2009 The Mind of a Lean Manager-a recent note from James Womack -

12/10/2009 The Beauty of a Well Executed Plan

19/10/2009 The Roots of Lean Manufacturing

26/10/2009 Kaizen Notes borrowed from Norm Bodeck


01/11/2009 Dreyfus Model

09/11/2009 Kaizen Patterns

16/11/2009 What is your Employee Retention Plan?

23/11/2009 DMEDI or DMAIC? That is the Question

30/11/2009 Changeover Costs. Do you really understand the impact?


07/12/2009 Stories for Continuous Improvement & Leadership

14/12/2009 Respect for People Beware the foxes…

21/12/2009 Do Good Anyway


Year 2008
02/01/2008 Employees or owners?

07/01/2008 Supply chain management

14/01/2008 Lean Customer

21/01/2008 An industry died this week and you probably did not even notice

28/01/2008 Where to do lean


04/02/2008 Succession planning and managing change

11/02/2008 Are you using the power of Takt Time?

18/02/2008 Design for assembly

25/02/2008 Jumping to solution


03/03/2008 Chaku Chaku

10/03/2008 Futurists and futures forecasts

17/03/2008 Best Lean Indicators

24/03/2008 It’s time for Sales, Marketing to get lean

31/03/2008 Kanban’s everywhere


07/04/2008 2008 Consortium ShareShowcase

14/04/2008 Unscrambling supply chains

21/04/2008 Lean & Clean

28/04/2008 Leveraging your Maintenance team?


05/05/2008 The art of sustaining lean performance

12/05/2008 Left or right brain dominance

19/05/2008 Maintenance area audit – a great lean measurement

25/05/2008 Why Throughput Accounting


02/06/2008 Orator, Visual or Touch Communications?

09/06/2008 Yield

16/06/2008 Nice Car, Long Journey

23/06/2008 5S+1 “SHINE” Saves $$

30/06/2008 Process Problem Solving


07/07/2008 Keeping employees engaged

14/07/2008 The “Forever” Rule – an attribute of Product Realization -

21/07/2008 Ten Reasons Why One Piece Flow Will Not Work


04/08/2008 Managing Customer Demand

11/08/2008 Cadence in Process

18/08/2008 Nothing Adds Value to Lean Like Respect for People

25/08/2008 Another Perspective look at Lean


02/09/2008 Poka yoke (Mistake Proofing)

08/09/2008 What to do in case of stalling

15/09/2008 Two Paths to Quick Changeover

22/09/2008 Manage the Contract or Improve the Value Stream

29/09/2008 Tips on making the most of government incentive programs for R&D


06/10/2008 A New Profile of the 21st Century Workforce

13/10/2008 Manage your Inputs to control your costs

20/10/2008 “Suck don’t Blow” – Compressed air costs cash

27/10/2008 LEAN in Recessionary Times


03/11/2008 Saishunkan Cosmetics – Customer Care Trumps a Factory

10/11/2008 A Recession Action Plan

17/11/2008 The 13 Characteristics of Successful People

24/11/2008 Training Within Industry


01/12/2008 Lean Consortium

08/12/2008 Training Within Industry What Is Training Within Industry? –Description

15/12/2008 Stress, Business & Safety

22/12/2008 Merry Christmas




Year 2007
02/01/2007 What I’ve learned about planning and execution

08/01/2007 5S+1… more than labels and shadow boxes

15/01/2007 10 Tech concepts you need to know for 2007

22/01/2007 Visible preventive maintenance or TPM checksheet

29/01/2007 Getting really serious about making the lean transformation?


05/02/2007 The culrure thing!

12/02/2007 Smart floors

19/02/2007 A global intelligence briefing for CEOs

26/02/2007 Looking more closely at little and often


05/03/2007 TWI influence on TPS & Kaizen

12/03/2007 5 Steps to implementing a lean material handling system

19/03/2007 Crossing the lean threshold

26/03/2007 Asking questions on the shop floor


02/04/2007 Why production most come first: The proper sequence for Lean Enterprise Transformation

09/04/2007 Why Toyota won and how Toyota can lose

16/04/2007 The machine is US/ing Us

23/04/2007 Some thoughts on Ishekawa charts

30/04/2007 The unspoken rules of toyota


07/05/2007 Consortium ShareShowcase 2007

14/05/2007 Getting lean right!

21/05/2007 Cash and the lean enterprise

28/05/2007 Selecting high-performing employees


11/06/2007 The problem of sustainability

18/06/2007 Norm Bodek speaks on Toyota

25/06/2007 Can lean work in any culture?


02/07/2007 10 Common misconceptions about lean manufacturing

09/07/2007 In God we trust… all others bring data

16/07/2007 Deming’s PDCA and Value Stream Mapping

30/07/2007 Lean is as Lean does


06/08/2007 What to teach the kids

20/08/2007 Why is no one asking the Product Development Community to create low-waste designs?

27/08/2007 Managing people, your most valuable resource


03/09/2007 Managing people, your most valuable resource  – Part 2  -

10/09/2007 Output… What is your role and accountability?

17/09/2007 The right ingredients for a successful TPM or Lean implementation


07/10/2007 No time? Or standing on a burning plataform? Then… join or build a consortium

14/10/2007 The next 10 years of lean

21/10/2007 Kaizen – Notes borrowed from Norm Bodeck

28/10/2007 Accessories for lean practitioners


05/11/2007 Thinking back from the customer

19/11/2007 Lean culture

26/11/2007 Managing change


03/12/2007 Lean lingo primer

10/12/2007 Merry Christmas!!!




Year 2006
09/01/2006 The power of doing daily Report-outs

16/01/2006 What is Kaizen??

23/01/2006 Applying Lean Mfg In the home


06/02/2006 All I ever needed to know about lean, I learned in Kindergarten

13/02/2006 The Toyota Way Fieldbook

20/02/2006 Visual Standard Work Instructions

27/02/2006 Orenda Aerospace Corporarion


06/03/2006 A tale of two business systems

13/03/2006 Green eggs and ham

20/03/2006 The roots of lean manufacturing

27/03/2006 Creating a lean culture


03/04/2006 Why implement lean in the front office

10/04/2006 Developing problem solvers

17/04/2006 Lean and Six Sigma


01/05/2006 Share ShowCase! Consortium Challenge

08/05/2006 Laying out the factory

15/05/2006 Fewer Heroes, More Farmers

22/05/2006 Assembly line put the world on wheels

29/05/2006 Designing the rubber factory


12/06/2006 The leadership challenge

19/06/2006 Purpose, Process, People


03/07/2006 Morning Market

10/07/2006 Successful change formula

17/07/2006 Reminder 1,061… The water level and the rocks… Remember the story?

24/07/2006 Building an Ant Colony

31/07/2006 Implementing 5S… The jump start and sustaining an integrated journey?


07/08/2006 Marrying lean to right sized technologies

14/08/2006 The long tail

21/08/2006 Thinking end to end

28/08/2006 Have better meetings


04/09/2006 Lean manufacturing & IT: No oxymoron!

11/09/2006 Can you be too lean??

18/09/2006 Here is a Jim Womack insight that you will not want to miss

25/09/2006 People and change


02/10/2006 7 Wastes of design

09/10/2006 Avoiding common VSM pitfalls

16/10/2006 The value stream organization

23/10/2006 GM Execs need more Hummers

30/10/2006 Recruiting


06/11/2006 How’s your employee retention plan?

13/11/2006 “I am the difference”

20/11/2006 Lean – It’s not just for the shop floor anymore: A lean office eliminates waste and saves time and money

27/11/2006 “From lean tools to lean management”


04/12/2006 Principles of lean

11/12/2006 Jay Myers leaves HPM Board Members thinking about ’07

18/12/2006 A tought to leave you with…

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