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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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Walter Shewhart: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Walter Shewhart: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Dr. Deming was amazing, but who was his teacher? Who produced the PDCA Cycle? Who conceived of Statistical Process Control? The modest man behind the scenes, another fascinating product of the Hawthorne Works, was none other than Walter Shewhart. This year would have marked Walter Shewhart’s 126th birthday – truly…

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Taiichi Ohno: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Taiichi Ohno: Grand-Daddy of Quality

Who is the The Grand Poobah of Toyota Production System? The Wizard of Lean? His Royal Eminence of Efficiency? Sure, he had some help, but Taiichi Ohno was the behind-the-scenes master of what is now known as Lean Manufacturing. Time to appreciate a significant quality forbear! This year would have…

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Best Books To Buy: “The Joy Of Lean” By Dodd Starbird

Best Books to Buy: “The Joy of Lean” by Dodd Starbird

This month’s book is The Joy of Lean: Transforming, Leading and Sustaining a Culture of Engaged Team Performance by Dodd Starbird. About the Book: “...productivity goals don’t make people productive!” What??!! Did we hear that right? Yes, in the midst of describing how to improve productivity, Dodd Starbird makes a…

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Sakichi Toyoda: Grand-Daddy Of Quality

Sakichi Toyoda: Grand-Daddy of Quality

What do you know about Sakichi Toyoda? Did you know he was born on Valentine’s Day? That he started out in the textile business? That he came up with the 5 Whys root cause guessing game? Oh, and that he founded Toyota Industries Company!? This year would have marked Sakichi…

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Webinar: Introduction To Lean (ENCORE!) (Introductory)

Webinar: Introduction to Lean (ENCORE!) (Introductory)

The first live presentation of this webinar was so popular that we did an encore presentation! Watch our 1-hour introductory webinar below and you’ll learn how to begin applying Lean right away. You’ll learn what Lean is, why Lean is good for business and how some of the basic Lean concepts can improve…

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