Month: August 2007

Total 41 Posts

Lean Sushi

I came across a fun story of how a sushi shop uses lean principles to its advantage. Kura Zushi, operated by Kura Corp., is the third-largest player in the industry. What sets it apart is its just-in-time production system, similar to that of Toyota Motor Corp. As a young boy I

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Target, Actual, Please Explain

I learned some important lessons today. One which I will share is to never compromise when it comes to placing visual status boards on the shop floor. Visual status boards promote problem solving and kaizen by exposing problems. There are many excuses and reasons people give for why this is

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Teaching with LEGO

I am passionate about teaching people the principles of lean and six sigma but this passion is nothing compared to how badly I want my children to learn and grow into well rounded/successful citizens. I often joke about how I intend to teach my kids about lean and six sigma

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Descriptive Statistics – Part 2

Last night in part 1 of this series we began our discussion of descriptive statistics by introducing the three measures of central tendency – the mean, median, and mode.  As promised tonight we switch gears and are all about variation. Customers Feel Variation Like him or not Jack Welch made

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Descriptive Statistics – Part 1

Tonight we are starting a two part series on descriptive statistics.  Yeah, I know, many of you are likely having nasty flash backs of some professor with bad breath but by the end of this series I hope to make all those bad thoughts a distant memory. Overview In general

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The Essence of Shop Floor Management

Chris Schrandt is a Gemba guy from Toyota who has wealth of experience in quality management and TPS. He had several great quotes during a problem solving class today, and this one about exposing problems struck me as particularly worth sharing: “If you have to ask, you don’t have shop

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iSixSigma Editorial Advisory Board

I am very honored (and humbled) to announce that I have accepted an invitation to sit on the iSixSigma Magazine editorial advisory board.  In this role I will have the opportunity to offer feedback and ideas to what I believe to be the best magazine dedicated to Six Sigma available today. If you are

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