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May 2010 Blog Posts (9)

World class management systems

At the 2010 TWI Summit, RIch Abercrombie spoke about sustaining continuous improvement programs. During his tenure at Boeing, they portrayed world class management with three connected spheres.
  • Management By Policy (MBP).
  • Daily Management (DM).
  • Cross-Functional Management (CFM).

In the past, most of our Lean or Continuous Improvement programs focused on the Daily Management sphere. We spent a lot of time applying the tools…

Added by David Hicks on May 28, 2010 at 7:27am — No Comments

Don’t Swap JI Breakdown Sheets and SOPs

Don’t Swap JI Breakdown Sheets and SOPs

These documents have different purposes and shouldn’t be substituted for one another.



Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 24, 2010 at 2:27pm — No Comments

What's a suggestion?

At the recent TWI Summit, Dean Schroeder, author of "Ideas are Free," discussed the power of ideas and suggestions. One of his clients, Mitsubishi Power Systems provides clear guidance to employees on what makes up a suitable suggestion. Their goal is to drive small improvements that affect bottom line results. As a consequence, a suggestion must affect safety, quality, or productivity.

In your suggestion systems, do you ever get suggestions like, "more money, more…

Added by David Hicks on May 23, 2010 at 5:39pm — 2 Comments

Letter of Recommendation

Problem: Having to write letters of recommendation for people with very dubious qualifications can cause serious legal troubles in a time when laws have eroded the confidentiality of business letters. In most states, job applicants have the right to read the letters of recommendation and can even file suit against the writer if the contents are negative.

Solution: Here is an arsenal of statements that can be read two ways: You are able to state a negative opinion of the ex-employees… Continue

Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 22, 2010 at 8:00pm — No Comments

Leaning Toward Healthy Leadership

Are your continuous improvement gains struggling in sustaining the gain? Are your continuous improvement opportunities connected with your strategic plan? Are you daily walks to the workplace designed to see abnormalities in the workplace?

If you…


Added by Rick Battye on May 18, 2010 at 9:50pm — No Comments

Alabama Operations Management Institute - Article in Birmingham News


Participants in the Alabama Operations Management Institute work at the Inteva Products plant in Cottondale to learn about the company's processes as it addresses problems for the plant. (The…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 15, 2010 at 7:24am — No Comments

A Carmaker As A Model For A Hospital? Seattle's Virginia Mason Hospital Studies Toyota For Efficiency Ideas

Check out this CBS report on Virginia Mason By John Blackstone

CBS) While health care costs have been going up most everywhere else, at Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle they're coming down by driving out waste, reports CBS News correspondent John Blackstone.

"This is one of the reasons health care has become…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 10, 2010 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Four Steps to Move Beyond Fire Fighting

From Fighting Fires to Solving Problems: Why Superman is So Last Century…


Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 10, 2010 at 11:35am — No Comments

The Gemba Walk

Following is an excerpt from Norman Bodek’s new book Kaikaku The Power and Magic of Lean, published by PCS Press. Kaikaku is a Japanese term that means a “transformation of the mind” or “working with others to achieve radical change.”

The Gemba Walk

By Norman Bodek

During a trip to Japan, Dr. Ryuji Fukuda took me to a Meidensha Electric plant outside of Tokyo, and introduced me to the plant manager. At 11:00AM, the plant manager got up from behind his desk. He asked me to join… Continue

Added by Hank Czarnecki on May 9, 2010 at 8:15pm — No Comments

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