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  • True North Pole

    Many years ago a small expedition to the North Pole was funded by several American toy manufacturers, anxious to better understand how Santa’s workshop achieved such incredible productivity and just-in-time delivery. “How can Santa produce all those toys in such a short time?” ...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 7 wastes, continuous improvement, lean thinking, process, production, six sigma, toyota production system, true north

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  • Another Use for Duct Tape

    Here’s a post inspired by the glut of recent football weekends. Lou Holtz, the legendary college and pro football coach offers the following advice to coaches everywhere: “I never learn anything talking. I only learn things when I ask questions.” Top managers often lament ...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, continuous improvement, Duct tape, gemba walk, kaizen, Lean Culture, Management Kaizen, problem solving culture, six sigma, toyota production system

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  • Ludicrous Speed

    Mel Brooks fans will remember Spaceballs, his jocular jibe at the Star Wars epic. In pursuit of a rebel ship, evil Lord Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) orders his crew to accelerate their craft beyond the speed of light to “ludicrous speed.” While time travel remains science fiction, our a...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, bruce hamilton, continuous improvement, GBMP, kanban, kata, lean in healthcare, toyota production system, TPM

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  • Bump and Grind

    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 to sixteen weeks. By the 1980’s, however, ...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, continuous improvement, Deming, lead times, lean leadership, lean thinking, toyota production system

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  • Ten Posts for Ten Shingo Principles

    Hurrah!  Today is the first day of Spring, if a little snowy, in the Boston area.  And the 28th Annual Shingo Prize Conference is fast approaching in just one month.   GBMP will be there and I’ll be teaching the Shingo Institute IMPROVE Workshop on April 24-25.  In ...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, bruce hamilton, GBMP, Guiding Principles, kaizen, Lean Principles, Shingo Institute, shingo prize, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system

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  • Indefinite Postponement

    Today’s post is inspired by the politically charged gobbledygook we call presidential primaries.   This battle of principles turned battle of wills reminds me that the role of the change agent can be as much theater as science.  But, at least in a public forum the positi...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, GBMP, hoshin kanri, kaizen, shigeo shingo, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, true north, value stream mapping

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  • Eye of the Beholder

    Many moons ago when I was just getting started on my lean journey, I visited a large automotive supplier to benchmark pull systems.  My own factory had started a pilot kanban between two work centers and I was hoping to gain some insight from a more experienced source.  To my disappoint...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 5S, GBMP, kaizen, kanban, poka-yoke, shigeo shingo, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, TPM, TPS, true north, value stream mapping

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  • Traditional Lean?

    Twice in the last month I’ve heard the phrase “Traditional Lean” used in public presentations.   In neither case did the presenter explain the expression, but one displayed a slide with a Venn diagram showing the overlap between Lean and Six Sigma.  I suppose this...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, automation, continuous improvement, ERP, GM, lean sigma, MRP, six sigma, toyota production system, TPS

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  • Profitless Part Proliferation

    I wrote a post a little more than five years ago about Variety Reduction Program (VRP), an amazing but little known product design optimization tool.  At the time I referred to VRP as an idea whose “time had not yet come.”  Last week, as I gave a short presentation on VRP, I...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, GBMP, hoshin kanri, inventory, kaizen, poka-yoke, shigeo shingo, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, TPS, true north, value stream mapping

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  • Consult with Humility

    A friend and colleague remarked to me recently “You know the Lean market has become mature,” implying a depth and breadth of Lean understanding in industry that I have rarely seen myself. Standardized work, for example, almost always looks like time setting to me, an occasional and c...

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