Month: June 2007

Total 53 Posts

Cabinet Maker Applies Lean

Interesting story about an outdoor cabinet maker (for telecom) applying lean.  There were a few comments I don’t completely agree with but overall seems like a pretty solid company. Purcell Systems Inc., a maker of outdoor cabinets for telecommunications equipment, says that after flat sales in 2006, it’s on track to boost its

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Is the Drive-Thru Really Faster?

OK, I ate way too much fast food this week as I went to both Wendy’s and McDonald’s for lunch.  Both times I went around noon.  I was also in a rush on both occasions. Both times I pulled up and noticed that the drive-thru had a super long line.  I

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I Just Made 700 Peanut Butter Sandwiches

What’s the most peanut butter and honey sandwiches you’ve ever made before?  I just got done making over 700 in 45 minutes.  Yep, that’s right 700 in 45 minutes.  Besides how… you may wonder why someone would want to make that many sandwiches.  That part is easy to answer.  My

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10 Steps to Creating a FMEA

A Failure Modes Effect Analysis (FMEA) is an extremely powerful tool that anyone can, and will, benefit from no matter your occupation or status in life. Tonight, we’ll discuss the history of the FMEA, the different types of FMEA, and finally how to actually construct one.  At the end of the

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Standard Work for the CEO

A great thing about blogging is that it becomes a visual management tools for our company. In many ways, what we are doing is posting standards about how we think, teach and manage at Gemba. This is free and open for all team members, customers and readers to see, so

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How does a 4 hour work week sound?

There is a new book out called “The 4-Hour Workweek.” It’s author is an interesting fellow by the name of Timothy Ferriss.  They guy is like an ultimate fighter (yeah, cage style) so I need to be careful what I say… lest he kicks my teeth in.  In any event, I haven’t read the

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New TOC Blog

There is a new blog focused on the Theory of Constraints niche.  There is not much content posted yet but the “blue light” story summarizes Taiichi Ohno’s teaching on the difference between work and motion perfectly.  Welcome to the blogosphere Kevin. TOC Related Posts: TOC Bottleneck versus Lean Pacemaker –

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