Month: May 2007

Total 57 Posts

Let’s Stumble

I was recently introduced to the website StumbleUpon.  I didn’t give it much thought until this past Thursday evening.  Me and my blogging pals sometimes share tips via email.  So last Thursday I was exchanging emails with Mark Graban of the Lean Blog and Peter Abilla of shmula.  We decided

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Engineers at Cornell University have designed this odd-looking machine that can rebuild itself and also could perform repairs on itself.

Free TPS Video

Click here to watch a free video of Dr. Shankar Basu, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling, USA.  This is NOT a sales pitch so don’t worry. Dr. Basu even speaks about reducing transportation, which he half jokes will hurt his organization’s business.  The video starts slow but stick with it as

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DOE use in the health care industry

We hear a lot about Lean in the health care world but not so much about Six Sigma.  This fact made this story about how Design of Experiments is being used to make things better all the more intriguing to me.  We read: According to Sloan, DOE is being used

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I Plead Guilty

My friend Mark Graban of Lean Blog fame nailed me today… and I deserved it.  Mark commented on my recent post about Lowes missing their numbers. I was actually as guilty as the folks at Qualpro in how I was trying to assign causation, meaning MVT was the reason Lowes

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Lowes Misses the Mark

A few months ago I blogged about how a company called Qualpro was (and is) claiming its MVT methodology was far superior to Six Sigma.  One of their success stories was Lowes.  Their angle was that since Home Depot is a “Six Sigma” company and struggling (sacking CEO’s, etc.) MVT is the secret

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Medicare May Stop Paying for Hospital Errors

Medicare may stop paying for hospital errors in 2008, according to a May 22, 2007 article from titled Hospital-borne ailments face Medicare budget ax. According to the article: Medical mistakes are deadly and expensive. Infections acquired in hospitals account for about 90,000 deaths and $4.5 billion in extra spending

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