Month: April 2011

Total 7 Posts

Make Lean Work For You!

I just got off the phone with a gentleman struggling to apply lean concepts in his workplace. This person — let’s call him Jeff — works in a distribution environment meaning he doesn’t produce widgets for a living. One of the lean concepts Jeff was struggling with was value stream mapping.

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6 Principles for Rebuilding Industry

In a March 28, 2011 article in Nikkei Business magazine Dr. Fumikatsu Tokiwa, the former Chairman of Japanese cosmetics giant Kao Corporation, gave his views on principles that should guide the recovery of Japanese industry in the aftermath of the recent natural disasters. There are six principles and while these

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Hearing Taiichi Ohno's Voice

Many of us have read the words of Taiichi Ohno and learned from his teachings. Relatively few of us have heard his voice and even fewer have met him directly. I unearthed a gem during one of my recent efforts to organize my work, and I and want to share

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Let’s Dance

A few months ago I wrote about my experiences coaching my daughter’s U7 soccer team. Specifically, I shared how lots of practice and hard work resulted in our girls winning their indoor league championship. Well, I’m very excited to announce that these same girls successfully defended their crown this past weekend

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