Browsing All posts tagged under »shigeo shingo«

Overproduction

September 25, 2014

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Not wishing to rub salt in the wounds of my beleaguered Red Sox, their meteoric rise from last place in 2012 to first place in 2013 and subsequent plummet to the cellar in 2014 underscores the problems with speculative production. Last week, celebrating a birthday, I was offered a dish of “Fenway Fudge” ice cream, […]

Can’t See

February 13, 2014

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My friend and mentor, Gifford Brown, told me a remarkable story some time back about a visit to his plant in 1987 by Shigeo Shingo in which Shingo, with the help of set-up people, operators and a tool maker, demonstrated (in the space of a day) how machine set-ups could be reduced from four hours […]

Cracked

September 6, 2013

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According to the USDA Egg Grading Manual,  “Checks [aka ‘cracks’] are an unavoidable problem in the marketing of eggs because eggs cannot be assembled, graded, packed, transported, and merchandized without some breakage. “   Unavoidable.  That’s the standard, I guess.   The grading manual does not cite a specific AQL for cracks, but clearly it implies some […]

Toast Guy

May 30, 2013

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I’ve been doing a lot of speaking at conferences this spring, and I’m always warmly greeted as the “Toast Guy”:  the person who produced and starred in the Toast Kaizen video. Earlier this year, I spoke to a large gathering from a metropolitan healthcare system.  When I jokingly asked them “Who has seen Toast Kaizen?” this […]

Lean Transformers

April 23, 2013

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A few years ago, after I gave a speech on Lean at a meeting of the Transformer Association  (like the kind on the telephone poles providing electricity to your home), my then six-year old son, Ben, asked me if I’d met Megatron.  His question caused me to chuckle at the images we assign to our […]

Lean Avoidance

April 1, 2013

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I went to the gym this morning, April 1, and the gym’s owner, sole employee, and pretty much everyone’s personal trainer, Howie, asked me the same question he asks me every time I see him:  “What’s your weight?” “Stayed the same,” I said, but jokingly added, “Actually, I’m ahead of the game because yesterday I […]

Superficial Resolutions

January 4, 2013

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As we begin another new year, here’s a post about resolutions.  In most organizations there are plans for something new in 2013 – maybe a new product or market, or a new machine or facility.  For those of us in the Lean world, new also means re-new – getting better with what we already have. […]

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