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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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  • 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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  • Space Junk

    Last weekend in the Nantucket ferry terminal, I passed a defunct phone booth, the ornate wooden kiosk kind that was used twenty years ago to frame a payphone, provide a modicum of privacy, and hold a phone book.   It appeared that this particular phone booth had been re-purposed to hold...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 5S, idea systems, northeast lean conference, Toast Kaizen

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  • Summer Memory

    I was lucky that the first boss I ever had (at age 13) had much to teach at a point when I had much to learn.  Chris M. was a brilliant but illiterate Italian immigrant and fisherman who had built a landmark restaurant and marina on the bay in Ocean City, New Jersey.  That was my first ...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, GBMP, kaizen, lean conference, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system

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  • Lean Wizards

    October was Lean conference month for me: First our own Northeast Lean Conference in Worcester (pronounced “Wustah”), then the international AME conference in Dallas and finally, the mid-Atlantic Lean Conference in Timonium, Maryland.   These annual assemblages of Lean wizar...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 5S, continuous improvement, kaizen, lean, lean thinking, six sigma, Toast Kaizen, Toyota Production System. Lean manufacturing, TPS

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  • Back To The Future

    Here is an article I wrote ten years ago, recently resurrected from the lost letter file.  I can’t remember why I wrote it or for whom. Originally entitled, “What is Kaizen?” the article still resonates with me as I hope it will with you. ==================================...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, bruce hamilton, continuous improvement, GBMP, kaizen, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system, TPS. oldleandude

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  • Who Cares for the Care Givers?

    Last month I joined Eric Buhrens, CEO at Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) to host a leadership team from the Tel Aviv’s Sourasky Medical Center.  They were on a study mission to many of Boston’s fine hospitals and were winding up their week in Boston with a visit to LEI.  Ear...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, 7 wastes, bruce hamilton, GBMP, kaizen, lean enterprise institute, lean in healthcare, lean thinking, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system

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  • More Than Toast

    It’s hard to believe that 2018 is the 20th anniversary for the Toast Kaizen video.  After two decades, nearly one hundred and fifty thousand copies have been sold – in more than a dozen languages from Spanish to Icelandic.  It’s everywhere.  Several years ago, whi...

    Tags: lean manufacturing, Old Lean Dude, kaizen, kanban, lean, lean accounting, lean healthcare, lean thinking, Shingo Institute, shingo prize, six sigma, Toast Kaizen, toyota production system

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