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John Shook: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

John Shook: Grand-Daddy of Quality

He’s in Lean. He’s all Shook up! Musical puns aside, John Shook recently did a good job of connecting Lean to Baseball which ties together two of America’s favorite past times. Okay, Lean my not have risen to “favorite” yet, but John Shook is working on it! We don’t actually…

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DMAIC – The 5 Phases Of Lean Six Sigma

DMAIC – The 5 Phases of Lean Six Sigma

DMAIC is the problem-solving methodology behind Lean Six Sigma. It consists of five Phases: Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control. It is pronounced “duh-may-ik”. To help you better understand the process and help you easily apply the method to an existing problem, we’ve broken down the steps for each DMAIC…

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Henry Ford: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Henry Ford: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Did you know that the secret behind “any color as long as it’s black” was that Henry Ford figured out black paint dried faster? Did you know that Kingsford Charcoal originated from when Ford burned the pallets transporting his raw materials? Did you know he identified 2 of the eventual…

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Vilfredo Pareto: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Vilfredo Pareto: Grand-Daddy of Quality

What’s the secret Quality connection between Italy and Japan? The Pareto Chart! Signore Pareto provided the visual for his 80/20 rule and Dr. Ishikawa included it in his 7 Basic Quality Tools. Voila! (that’s French) An international pairing was born to help pave the problem solving path. Vilfredo Pareto was…

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Kaoru Ishikawa: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Kaoru Ishikawa: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Fishbone + Ishikawa = Fishikawa! We know him best for this essential root cause tool, but did you know Dr. Ishikawa developed the first Kaizens, aka Rapid Improvement Events? And where would we be without his 7 Basic Quality Tools? Check out this Fishbone Webinar created in his honor and…

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Armand Feigenbaum: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Armand Feigenbaum: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Do you have a hidden factory? Do you know employees who always have time to do it over but never time to get it right? Did you know organizations waste up to 40% of their capacity this way? Well, raise a glass to the quality guru who championed the capture…

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How To Make Lean Work For You

How to Make Lean Work for You

Lean manufacturing first became known in the late 1970’s as “Kanban” or “Just-in-Time,” and was often considered a distinctly Japanese approach for dealing with suppliers. Its application beyond Japan was doubtful, but over the years we learned that there was much more to what became known as the Toyota Production…

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Eliyahu Goldratt: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Eliyahu Goldratt: Grand-Daddy of Quality

He was a cigar-chomping, salty-tongued educator who wrote a manufacturing love story. Eli Goldratt left us way too soon but will always be appreciated as the man who constantly provoked people to truly think. This year would have marked Eliyahu Goldratt’s 70th birthday. Born in Israel, Mr. Goldratt was a…

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