Hello world! Welcome!

November 19, 2010

13

Bruce Hamilton (aka Old Lean Dude aka "The Toast Guy")

  Welcome to Bruce Hamilton’s (aka The Toast Guy from Toast Kaizen DVD fame) Blog, an on-going reflection on Lean philosophy and practices with an emphasis on keeping good jobs close to home.  That’s the mission of my organization, GBMP,  a  Boston-based not-for-profit organization with the parochial objective of shipping products overseas rather than jobs. […]

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

Another Use for Duct Tape

January 11, 2016

2

ducttape

If you want your employees to begin thinking that problem solving is a key part of their jobs, then you have to cease being the chief executive problem solver.

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

True North Pole

December 23, 2015

1

truenorthpole

Many years ago a small expedition to the North Pole was funded by several American toy manufacturers, anxious to better understand how Santa’s workshop achieved such incredible productivity and just-in-time delivery. “How can Santa produce all those toys in such a short time?” one manager questioned in disbelief as the small group of managers furtively […]

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

Mistake-Proofing Mistakes

December 8, 2015

7

mistakeproofing

There is a popular lore provided by Shigeo Shingo, that the original name for mistake-proofing (Poka-Yoke) was “fool-proofing” (Baka-Yoke). Shingo chided managers at Panasonic for using the latter term, as it was disrespectful to workers, essentially calling them fools. Shingo substituted the word “mistake” for “fool”, because, as he aptly noted, making mistakes is part […]

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

Lazy Lean Guy

November 12, 2015

11

lazyleanguy

Why not make the job easier? Shigeo Shingo, in his book Non-stock Production, went further stating that the order of improvement must be easier, better, faster and then cheaper, in that order! He was adamant. Easier comes first.

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

Burning Platform

September 22, 2015

0

blurningplatform

A favorite Twilight Zone episode that played Labor Day weekend put me in mind of the stressful push production environment that many organizations still endure today. In a technical sense, push production refers to launching orders into production before customer requirements are known and then pushing them along, some faster than others as requirements become […]

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

Putting The Pieces Together

July 24, 2015

0

puttingpiecespicture

Summer’s here, and that means a family vacation to the beach, the boardwalk and the Hamilton’s favorite Pizza place.   We all agree that Manco’s pizza is the best anywhere, but we differ on the reason why. My brother, Geoff, thinks it’s the cheese: aged white cheddar in place of mozzarella. My son, Ben, says it’s […]

Posted in: Old Lean Dude

Up, Back and Around

July 13, 2015

0

up back

Watching the US Women’s Team take the World Cup last week caused me to reminisce about my short-term coaching stint of a U12 soccer team. Before becoming a coach, I hadn’t played soccer or even watched a game, but there were not enough coaches in our town league so I volunteered.   After a two-week clinic […]

Posted in: Old Lean Dude
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 1,299 other followers