ATAC conducts training and development programs within organizations. We often have to literally beg senior leaders to become involved with the enagement in the form of kick-off activities, maybe actually attending the event or most likely participating in a closing report-out or summary.
More often than not we are amazed how disconnected senior leaders are when it comes to engaging their employees. Let me point out that there are many senior leader superstars out there and…Continue
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For years companies have used the Balanced Scorecard as a strategic performance evaluation tool. Art Schneiderman received much of the credit for developing the early versions of the approach. He identified four perspectives that should drive the vision, and ultimately the activities of the organization. These perspectives are: “Financial”, “Customer”, “Internal Business Processes”, and “Learning and Growth.” Ultimately, we…Continue
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This is our print cartridge kanban. Kanban cards are placed on top of the print cartridges. When the print cartridge is used the card is given to me…Continue
To help small and mid-sized manufacturers grow top-line sales, the Alabama Technology Network (ATN) has partnered with the Eureka! Ranch, a leading innovation group that has helped companies like Nike, American Express, and Walt Disney to generate business-building ideas.
Auburn Technical Assistance Center (ATAC), the ATN center at Auburn University, has aligned with Quality Filters Inc. of Robertsdale, Ala., where ATAC’s assistance in implementing Eureka! Winning Ways has helped this…
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Just the other week we completed another week-long LCS (Lean Certificate Series) training. One of the participants commented on how meaningful the plant visits were to him during the week as it made the teaching come alive.
During the week the class made three plant visits to local manufacturers within a short distance of the training site. The companies included Briggs & Stratton, Nikki American Fuel Systems, and Hoerbiger Automotive Comfort Systems. Each company…Continue
Many organizations face issues of employee absenteeism. Absenteeism can be costly in terms of lost productivity and operational disruption. In many of these instances, organizational leaders tend to focus on the individual causes of absenteeism. While this is often necessary and important, some recent research* suggests that we should also look at work-units as a possible cause of absenteeism.…Continue
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I recently read an interesting take on Value Added activities in Healthcare that I would like to share. The writer (who is a MD) basically asked, is drawing blood from a patient a value added activity? My first take was that drawing blood was value added to the patient as it was part of the diagnostics to help fix my ailment. After I finished reading, I was…Continue
Added by Rick Battye on June 27, 2010 at 1:37pm — No Comments
The information in this blog was taken from the book "On the Mend" by John Toussaint and Roger A. Gerard.
One method of training employees in Lean Healthcare is by doing. New employees are added each week to the Rapid Improvement Event (RIE) being conducted on a Value Stream and they learn Lean Healthcare by doing (working on the team).This approach sounds practical and permits management to control the training budget. Lets look at Thedacare in Wisconsin ( a large hospital…Continue
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By now, everyone is aware of the tremendous growth in West Georgia. With Kia recently beginning production (2009) and Fort Benning exploding (growth wise), the region's workforce has been drastically affected. Kia has employed approximately 2,500 people from the surrounding area - West Georgia and East Alabama. However, the major growth has been the 30,000 new residents going to Fort Benning, Ga in just a 4 year period!
This population explosion has been expected since the…Continue
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If the foundation of the lean production system is Standardized Work, why do most new implementations start with very little planning and jump in with a half-hearted 5s effort?
Grant it Standardized Work is "a" tool for maintaining productivity, quality, and safety in the multi-tool lean tool box but it appears most often as the foundation for lean production systems and upon which lean is built.
I think it is…Continue
I am sitting through ATAC’s Lean Accounting workshop this week and pondering. I’m not an accountant by any stretch of the imagination. If it weren’t for my wife, I’d even have trouble keeping a balance in my check book. However, I am sorting this number talk into terms that make sense to me.…Continue
Maintaining the momentum once an organization launches its lean journey can be the most difficult part of the initiative. The role of a leader is a very difficult one as in the lean way of managing, the leader is no longer the hard task master of old, but a mentor. The leader's job is to ensure that those persons under his or her charge are supported and equipped to become the continuous improvement, problem solving culture that lean is based upon.
So how does the leader learn…Continue
According to Bruce Baggaley, author of Lean Accounting, a Lean Business Manaement System is a tightly integrated system...
A traditional management system cannot support…Continue
Added by Henry Burdg on June 22, 2010 at 1:53pm — No Comments
About 17.1% of the employment in Lee County is associated directly with the manufacturing industry. That translates into 6,724 employees out of the 39,309 as of March 12, 2007. For Alabama there are 281,601 manufacturing employees in that same period comprising about 16.3% of the workforce. So manufacturing employment in Lee County is 0.8% higher than the state average.
In many of Alabama's 67 counties there is very little manufacturing activity ocurring and there is…Continue
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