Feature Manufacturing General
January 3, 2021  

Ready to coach? Making use of new skills

Obstacles and escalating priorities can sap a team leader’s will to learn.

Feature Manufacturing General Operations Production
December 21, 2020  

Power of observation: Step back, let it happen

Acting as an observer rebalances processes.

Feature Manufacturing General
December 15, 2020  

Clean to inspect: How 5S drives improvements

It offers more than workplace organization.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
November 12, 2020  

New reality: Managing processes with Deming and EVSM

Reap benefits by adapting the PDCA cycle with value stream mapping.

News Food & Beverage Manufacturing General
October 22, 2020  

Coca-Cola recovery continues as it grows leaner in pandemic

Company has accelerated a planned reorganization that will put more emphasis on fast-growing brands.

Feature Manufacturing General
September 22, 2020  

Voice of the customer: Where lean thoughts become reality

Pandemic issues have distracted from process and product delivery.

Feature Manufacturing General
July 29, 2020  

Finding balance when consistency of purpose is not quite enough

What customers willingly pay for will change, so think process.

Feature Manufacturing General
July 23, 2020  

Centre of truth: Uncover previous disturbances to flow

Methodologies can be effective but what about quality?

Feature Manufacturing General Production
June 9, 2020  

Apply 5S forethought: Once started it’s hard to change course

Do it right and there’s more to gain than reduced searching.

Feature Manufacturing General
January 21, 2020  

Measuring performance for multiple sites, departments or teams

Maintain the focus to keep your strategy alive.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
October 31, 2019  

Sit on your hands: It’s about experiencing the learning

Slow down, guide and coach as the trainee performs the methodology.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
September 17, 2019  

Changing shifts: Engineer them to improve productivity

Have work at every station so the incoming crew begins immediately.

Feature General Operations
August 8, 2019  

Riding the white water: Kayaking and leadership lessons learned

How the sport parallels manufacturing and leadership.

Feature Manufacturing General
June 26, 2019  

People power: Expand your vision of how work is done

Work environments are evolving with new roles, responsibilities and accountability.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
June 11, 2019  

Create a positive culture: Making a difference drives strategic advantage

Eliminate the silos and tap the strengths of your team members.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
May 7, 2019  

Build your brand with tools that improve your plant’s processes

Achieve velocity and increase your value to the customer.

Feature Manufacturing General
April 2, 2019  

Increase your velocity: Focus on reducing cycle times

Improve on-time delivery with a build/test program.

Feature Manufacturing General Machinery and Equipment Maintenance
February 13, 2019  

Optimize PM programs: Add lean to improve your plant’s efficiency

Eliminating eight wastes leads to world-class performance.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
September 24, 2018  

Distinguish between genuine and apparent efficiency

True kaizen generates no waste and reduces costs.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
July 3, 2018  

Emotional attachment: It creates employee engagement

Workers immersed in a process look for potential improvements.

Feature Manufacturing General
June 4, 2018  

End the firefighting: Build continuous improvement teams

There’s no need for heroes when you tap into the knowledge on the plant floor.

Feature Manufacturing General
May 28, 2018  

Stay on top of your inventory: replenishment that keeps the process moving

There are several methodologies for a range of applications.

Feature Manufacturing General Production
March 5, 2018  

War on waste: Observations from the shop floor to top floor

Identifying waste is easy, the challenge lies in engaging everyone to apply the tools

Feature Manufacturing General Operations
December 10, 2017  

Explore the abstract: Look beyond the circle with your audits

Applying basic principals such as 5S+1 leads to productivity improvements.

Feature Manufacturing Business Operations General Operations Production
August 17, 2017  

Get organized: shadow boards improve plant productivity

Set up tools as runners, repeaters and strangers to save time and effort.

Feature Manufacturing Business Operations General Operations
February 22, 2017  

Visitors are your best auditors: feedback delivers opportunities for improvement

Fresh eye of new employees, suppliers, sales reps and customers are always the best to question or confirm the effectiveness of processes.

Feature Manufacturing General Machinery and Equipment Maintenance Operations
December 18, 2016  

Managing customer demand: leverage your enterprise excellence tools

Make it easier and less stressful for your customer to do business with you.

Feature Manufacturing Facilities Maintenance General Machinery and Equipment Maintenance
October 29, 2016  

Going with the flow: how TPS and McDonalds are cleaning up

A new McDonald’s employee is taught to never be idle. If there’s a lull, start cleaning. The same principle applies in your place.

Feature Manufacturing Business Operations Facilities Maintenance Machinery and Equipment Maintenance Operations Production
June 14, 2016  

Tame variability

How to subdue it with formal problem solving.

Feature Manufacturing Facilities Maintenance General Operations
February 21, 2016  

Diagnosing lean

A journey in five steps.

Feature Manufacturing General Operations
September 18, 2015  

Book review: Leading the lean journey

CEOs tell their success stories.

Feature Manufacturing Facilities Maintenance General Operations
August 12, 2015  

What’s the rush?

You could be committing Kamikaze Kaizen.