We enjoy the freedom of speech and a free press. The accessibility of self-publishing and distribution of news and opinions due to blogs and internet journals has removed barriers to entry of the would-be journalist and columnists. As a consequence, each week many articles and opinion pieces are written about
Month: February 2010
Hat tip to Jon Miller for first posting this video of Paul Akers preaching lean on Fox News. Yes, preaching lean on the most watched news station in the free world – Fox News. Check it out for yourself!!!
I awake to the sound of my iPhone alarm clock ringing. It’s 5:15 AM. Are you kidding me? I lay there for about a minute. Then, my dog Lexi, who is 15 years old and losing her mind, comes to my side of the bed and begins her ritualistic, and
These days if you stand next to a Toyota building and listen closely you may hear the sound of many sheets of A3 sized paper being slowly turned into problem solving documents. There are a few big, complex problems that will surely result in improvements, great new processes, and learning
I recently came across the video below and was intrigued by many aspects of this “rolling tool cart.” Here are some of the things I liked. It was made for around $50 according to this article. It’s on wheels It can be moved to point of use eliminating motion It
I am pretty sure this was meant as a joke.
On the recommendation of Matthew May, author, speaker and consultant to blue chip companies on innovation, lean and change, I read A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business. Written by Hartmut Esslinger, founder of global innovation firm frog design, inc, the book is part professional
My first manufacturing experiences were with two different multi-billion dollar manufacturing companies who happened to run massive ERP systems meaning we had massive MRP systems running the shop floor. Sound familiar? Anyhow, as a young lad out of college I just assumed this was how everyone operated. I also assumed
One of the rewards of last week’s office kaizen activity at Gemba was the discover a copy of the 1984 interview with Taiichi Ohno. The original paper An Interview with Taiichi Ohno, July 16, 1984 is in Japanese and can be found on the University of Tokyo website. The authors