February 2016

    The Toyota Production System and Job Shops


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    February 29, 2016 - For this blog post, I’m turning the reigns over to Dr. Shahrukh Irani to explore how Lean initiatives can be successful in high-mix/low-volume environments and job shops. As an associate professor in the department of Integrated Systems...

    A3 Reports


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    A3 Reports
    February 27, 2016 - A3 reports are the written documents that succinctly record the PDCA cycle problem solving effort, often providing a bit more structure than the four steps. The thought process and steps are very similar to the Practical Problem Solving method....

    Jim Morgan and Durward Sobek Discuss Lean Product and Process Development


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    February 26, 2016 - LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski discusses applying the principles of lean management to product development with Jim Morgan and Durward Sobek.

    Creativity Is Not an Accident


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    February 25, 2016 - Curiosity is far simpler (and more useful) than serendipity Many of our most popular stories of discovery are portrayed as accidents or matters of luck. We love these stories because they make creativity seem easy and...

    Creating New Value at Toyota


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    Creating New Value at Toyota
    February 25, 2016 - Jim MorganPresidentEmc NetworkAnn Arbor, MILean Product and Process Development (LPPD) is about continuously innovating to find a new and better way to deliver new value. It’s about creating the future. But I recently had an experience...

    The three P’s that drive leaders to achieve their dreams!


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    The three P’s that drive leaders to achieve their dreams!
    February 25, 2016 - In my journey of adding value to others, I take the time to meet inspiring people and keep learning new things. I learn mostly from their stories. Sometimes stories of successes, sometimes struggles, but all in all I learn about their hero’s...

    IndustryWeek ‘Best Plants’ Awards: 25 Years of Continuous Improvement


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    IndustryWeek ‘Best Plants’ Awards: 25 Years of Continuous Improvement
    February 25, 2016 - Applied Technical Services’ (ATS) story characterizes what makes a winner of IndustryWeek magazine’s prestigious “Best Plants” awards.In just two years, Applied Technical Services (ATS) has gone from a plant whose operations...

    Bump and Grind


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    Bump and Grind
    February 24, 2016 - Here’s a personal reflection from my distant past, but which might still be a current state for some of you.When I began working in manufacturing back in the pre-Lean era, the quoted lead-time for my company’s products averaged twelve...

    Illusions of Control, Delusions of Management


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    February 24, 2016 - I have been working recently in two situations where the ‘doer’ of work is at a distance – in geography, in time, in culture – from the ‘manager’ who wants the work done. This led me to ponder the conventional...

    Notes and Thoughts from KataCon 2


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    Notes and Thoughts from KataCon 2
    February 24, 2016 - The 2016 Toyota Kata Summit developed some interesting themes.Even though the keynote addresses were not coordinated, one message emerged across them all.This is about leadership development.And by that, I don’t mean it is about further...

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