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The last several months have been tough for many manufacturers, and it looks like the next few, at least, will be difficult as well. Now's the time to invest your knowledge resources.
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Manufacturing Excellence News
Stories of interest to the lean community.
- Six small biz tips from a CEO who flies right
BloggingStocks - Jan 4, 2009
- Dell hopes business realignment, new offerings help it go beyond ...
Austin American-Statesman, TX - Jan 3, 2009
- GMís Secret Success
New York Times, United States - Jan 2, 2009
- Entrepreneurs share survival plans of action
The Desert Sun, CA - Dec 28, 2008
- Toyota Family Member Vies for the Top Job
Wall Street Journal - Dec 23, 2008
- Adopting Lean Manufacturing in a Lean Economy
IndustryWeek - Dec 19, 2008
- UAW might be own worst enemy
Chicago Daily Herald, IL - Dec 18, 2008
- Manufacturing Forecast: Go Lean, Go International Or Go Away
Worcester Business Journal, MA - Dec 21, 2008
- Taking Stock
Wausau Daily Herald, WI - Jan 4, 2009
- How to effectively manage assets by criticality
Reliable Plant Magazine, OK - Jan 4, 2009
- Two FMS installations double capacity
Engineering Capacity, UK - 7 hours ago
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|01/13/2009||Effective Communication - Columbus, OH - Definity Partners|
|01/13/2009||Key Concepts of Lean - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/13/2009||Made to Order Lean - HMLV - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/13/2009||Value Stream Mapping for the Office and Service - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/14/2009||Managing to Learn - A3 Management - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/14/2009||Standardized Work: The Foundation for Kaizen - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/14/2009||Supporting Leader Standard Work with Visual Management - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/15/2009||Take Control - Run-Improve-Grow - Cleveland, OH - Definity Partners|
|01/15/2009||Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/15/2009||Managing to See - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/15/2009||Training to See - Los Angeles, CA - LEI|
|01/20/2009||Open Mic Night - Lombard, IL - AME|
|01/22/2009||SMART Leadership - Cincinnati, OH - Definity Partners|
|01/22/2009||Lean Purchasing - Cleveland, OH - AME|
|01/23/2009||Auditing for Lean - Brooklyn Park, MN - AME|
|01/27/2009||Kaizen Kanban & Lean Transformation Tools - Columbus, OH - Definity Partners|
|01/29/2009||Principles of Lean Manufacturing with Simulation - Morris Plains, NJ - NJ MEP|
|02/03/2009||Transforming Your Organization - Cincinnati, OH - Definity Partners|
|02/04/2009||AME Southern California Lean Tour - Irvine, CA - AME|
|02/05/2009||Motivation to Change - Columbus, OH - Definity Partners|
|02/09/2009||Lean Accounting - Calgary, Alberta - AME|
|02/09/2009||Lean Product Design for Lean 3P - Denver, CO - AME|
|02/10/2009||Creating Your Business Dashboard - Atlanta, GA - Definity Partners|
|02/10/2009||Creating Continuous Flow - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/10/2009||Lean Supply Stream - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/10/2009||Lean Warehousing - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/10/2009||Value Stream Mapping for Manufacturing - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/10/2009||Value Stream Mapping for the Office - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/10/2009||Managing Value-Stream Improvement Projects - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/11/2009||Lean Simulation - Cincinnati, OH - Definity Partners|
|02/11/2009||Setup and Changeover Hands-On Workshop - Paso Robles, CA - AME|
|02/11/2009||Fundamentals of Lean Production - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/11/2009||Getting the Right Things Done - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/12/2009||Creating Level Pull - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/12/2009||Making Materials Flow - Irving, TX - LEI|
|02/16/2009||Training Within Industry Workshop - Decatur, IL - AME|
|02/17/2009||Intro to Lean Enterprise Principles & Tools - Plymouth, MN - AME|
|02/17/2009||Connect With People to Achieve World-Class - Andover, MA - AME|
|02/18/2009||Building Highly Efficient Office Processes - Sioux Falls, SD - AME|
|02/19/2009||Lean Tools for the Office with Simulation - Morris Plains, NJ - NJ MEP|
|02/19/2009||Lean IT Workshop - Transaction Reduction - Elk Grove, IL - AME|
|02/23/2009||Taking Action with Lean Accounting - San Antonio, TX - AME|
|02/24/2009||Gain a Competitive Advantage - Columbus, OH - Definity Partners|
|02/25/2009||Effective Communication - Mason, OH - Definity Partners|
|02/25/2009||Leadership Forum - Tour Honda - Alliston, Ontario - AME|
|02/25/2009||Setup Reduction Blitz & TPM Blitz - San Antonio, TX - AME|
|02/26/2009||Lean Simulation - Columbus, OH - Definity Partners|
|02/26/2009||Principles of Lean Food Production - Morris Plains, NJ - NJ MEP|
|02/26/2009||Creating Leaner Quality Management System - Phoenix, AZ - AME|
Managing to Learn
By John Shook
Managing to Learn by Toyota veteran John Shook, reveals the thinking underlying the vital A3 management process at the heart of lean management and lean leadership. Constructed as a dialogue between a manager and his boss, the book explains how A3 thinking helps managers and executives identify, frame, and then act on problems and challenges.
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The Skinny on Lean Management
By Richard Schonberger
Lean management doesnít resonate in marketing and sales. Nor does it among boards, senior executives and investors. Reasons relate to where lean tends to do most of its work - in operations - and its usual presentation as an attack on waste. Obscured are its much greater potential in the distribution pipelines and its strong customer focus.
What lean does, above all else, is provide quick, flexible response to customer demand. But muddling that message are perverse accounting practices that discourage quick delivery well matched to customer usage. Marketingís valued role is in collaborative lean planning, first within the company and then taken to customers in the external value chain.
There are various ways to get slim and justifications for doing so. The lean community tells us the way to do it is to cut waste. Moreover, in marketingís view, it should stay there. From its perspective, being slim suggests meager supplies of product to sell and a skimpy budget for selling them.
Further, we are told that reducing waste is not only leanís methodology, but also its objective. The reasoning sounds circular: Lean reduces wastes in order to reduce waste.
To gain traction, lean needs to present itself broadly and correctly. Its mandate, providing flexibly quick response, translates into fewer back orders, higher availability of whatís selling and fewer gluts of unpopular product models.
Leanís customer focus once was well understood. When its basics were unveiled in the early 1980s, lean (formerly just-in-time) quickly became the rage in Western industry. With JIT, Japan had shown an amazing ability to mop up via speed, flexibility and quality - and at a lower cost.
Why the shift towards lean as an attack on waste? Three reasons: Waste reduction is easily taught, lends itself to measurement and does lead to quicker response. But so do other methods, among them simplifying product designs; culling lesser, capacity-gobbling products, components, suppliers and customers; and collaborating up and down the value chain. But all methods are hampered by how conventional accounting distorts decision-making.
Accounting treats inventory as an asset. And it is - if the right product at the right time, and if processed and delivered with dispatch. Under lean, inventory reduction occurs only as causes of long, problematic lead times and resolved so that right items and quantities can flow both smoothly and quickly.
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Japan Kaikaku Experience - The Summary
by Kevin Meyer
I've received several requests to provide all of the links to posts on my recent Japan trip on one page, so here they are. I still have a few more potential "lessons" posts bouncing around in my head, and if they see the light of day I'll add them to this page as well.
Factory Tour Reports
Lessons From Japan
Implementing the Lessons
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