May 2011

What is the purpose of waste elimination? And the natural law of gas

05.31.2011

Waste elimination seems pretty straightforward, right? Of course waste elimination is good, so why do we need a purpose? Because when we free up waste, most organizations don’t know what to do with it. To be clear about this, you first need to be clear about the strategic direction or vision for the organization. This […]

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Jamie Flinchbaugh: How would you measure lean success?

05.30.2011

I have a new post published on The Lean Edge. See the full article on that site. The question asked was “what counts as ‘lean success’?” Albert Einstein once said: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. I see most people making mistakes when trying to evaluate […]

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Ideal State Thinking

05.27.2011

[viddler id-b6d6c583 h-370 w-437] In the second Friday Strategy session on Lean Strategy, I explore how we can incorporate and apply lean thinking, specifically the use of the ideal state, in building or developing your business strategy. Building the aspirational models of the ideal state for the business helps provide some direction and focus for […]

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Forget the Annual Budget, “Let it Roll”

05.25.2011

I’m always perplexed and frustrated by the annual budgeting process. The waste I see it creating, even from outside organizations, is incredibly large. People start planning things financially before they have any idea of what to do. People postpone things that they shouldn’t because it’s not yet in the budget, or spend money they shouldn’t […]

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Leaning-out “dead wood” in a subcontractor-based business [Guest Post]

05.23.2011

Guest Post: Kurt Woolley is Lean Champion within Intel’s Fab/Sort Manufacturing (FSM) organization, and founder of Atmos Industries. See more on his LinkedIn profile at http://www.linkedin.com/pub/kurt-woolley/3/941/575. Do lean methods apply within a subcontractor-based business? Oh yes! In my recent journeys, I’ve had the opportunity to work with a sub-contractor business – a millwork operation, making cabinets […]

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Lean Strategy: The Role of Competition

05.20.2011

[viddler id-8f69771f h-370 w-437] Today we are beginning a new video series on the topic of strategy. I will be sharing these videos on Fridays. Why Fridays? I think the weekend is a great time to be thinking about strategy, because it allows us to step back from the business a bit and think, let […]

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A new post on Blogging Innovation: There’s Always Another New Approach

05.19.2011

A new blog post on the Blogging Innovation website, There’s Always Another New Approach… Last year I saw a comment from a respected entrepreneur who was claiming “all the big ideas have already been created.” I was highly disappointed, because it’s reeks of pre-1492 attitudes about the Earth. You can’t argue what the next big […]

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Lessons from the Road: Sustaining Your 5S Efforts

05.19.2011

My 2nd installment of Lessons from the Road, my new column for Industry Week is now available. This month the topic is Sustaining Your 5S Efforts. One of my early columns for Assembly Magazine titled Planning 5S? First Know Why! 5 years later, it’s still one of the most popular pages on the website. It […]

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Soup

05.18.2011

A great but simple poem… Soup by Carl Sandburg I saw a famous man eating soup. I say he was lifting a fat broth Into his mouth with a spoon. His name was in the newspapers that day Spelled out in tall black headlines And thousands of people were talking about him. When I saw […]

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What Mother’s Day Teaches Us about Organizational Transformation

05.16.2011

First off, yes, I know Mother’s Day was a week ago. I didn’t miss it. What is Mother’s Day? It’s the celebration of something: 1. … completely vital, critical, essential, and, 2. … mostly taken for granted. We do that a lot in our organizations. It’s not a problem to celebrate the obvious items. The […]

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