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Picking on the PICK Chart

Picking on the PICK Chart

The so-called “PICK chart” has become a pretty common sight in healthcare as a way of visualizing and prioritizing Lean or Kaizen improvement ideas. The concept was supposedly invented at Lockheed Martin, but it’s a pretty common-sensical approach that’s used to sort and rank ideas based on two dimensions: Impact the idea would have (low […]

America’s Oldest Bike Company Could Use Lean Manufacturing to Remain the Oldest?

America’s Oldest Bike Company Could Use Lean Manufacturing to Remain the Oldest?

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by Andy Wagner, who contributed regularly to this blog from 2007 to 2010. This CNN video caught his eye and he couldn’t help blogging about it. Recently, CNN ran a short piece on Worksman Cycles of New York City highlighting them as the last major bicycle manufacturer left in the […]

Guest Post: Book Chapter on VIBCO and “Captain Karl”

Guest Post: Book Chapter on VIBCO and “Captain Karl”

Mark’s note: Today’s guest post is an excerpt from the book Remarkable by Toby LaVigne. Toby’s bio can be found at the bottom of this post. In this chapter from the book, Toby writes about a good friend of mine and of this blog – Karl Wadensten, the President of VIBCO. You can watch or listen […]

By December 16, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Podcast #178 – Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel Wire

Podcast #178 – Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel Wire

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 29:41)  |  Read a Transcript Joining me for Podcast #178 is Drew Greenblatt, President and Owner of Marlin Steel Wire Products, a manufacturing company based in Baltimore. I was really impressed with Drew’s keynote talk at the recent AME Southwest Region conference here in San Antonio.  Drew’s […]

Live Blogging AME Spring Conference: 17 Years of Lean at Autoliv

Live Blogging AME Spring Conference: 17 Years of Lean at Autoliv

I’ve been fortunate to have the chance to visit an Autoliv factory in Utah – a great Lean company that makes air bags and protective devices for cars and passengers. I was really impressed with Autoliv, as were the healthcare leaders from across North America who visited as part of the Healthcare Value Network efforts. […]

Kaizen on the Boeing 737 Line

Kaizen on the Boeing 737 Line

There was a nice article in the Wall Street Journal this week about the Boeing 737 and some of their Lean and Kaizen (continuous improvement) work: “Boeing Teams Speed Up 737 Output — Jet Maker’s Innovation Crews Search for Ways to Streamline Production as Aircraft Demand Soars.” Boeing needs to increase production by more than […]

By February 10, 2012 2 Comments Read More →
An Inc. “Best Small Company Workplace” & Their Lean Culture

An Inc. “Best Small Company Workplace” & Their Lean Culture

As I was cleaning out a pile of stuff in my office, I found an unread issue of Inc. magazine from June 2011. One of their “Best Small Company Workplaces” was Hopkins Printing in Columbus, Ohio: “Survival of the Smartest: Hopkins Printing has staked its future on cross-training.“) Far too often, “best workplaces” profiles focus […]

By January 10, 2012 3 Comments Read More →

Lean Lessons for Healthcare from a Boeing 737 Factory Video

Podcaster Cali Lewis (a fellow DFW-area Texan) hosts a show called GeekBeat.tv, where she normally highlights new consumer tech gadgets and nerdy robots from MIT. Her most recent video features video from her visit to Boeing and their 737 assembly factory. In the brief visit, we can see a few Lean practices in action, or […]

Funny ‘Family Guy’ Clip that Illustrates Disdain for Manufacturing; Plus a Clip from FastCap, a Lean Company

Friday, I blogged about a WIRED Magazine piece by Joel Johnson that was pretty disrespectful of manufacturing, in general, as he wrote that “every single manufacturing job ever” was “repetitive, exhausting, and [an] alienating workplace over which you have no influence or authority.” That might describe some factories, but hardly ALL. I stumbled across this […]

By February 27, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Looking Ahead to a Toyota Tour by Looking Back

I’m excited that I have a chance, on Wednesday, to tour the Toyota plant in San Antonio, TX. I’m going with a “Lean Austin” group that has a group tour (I’m flying down from DFW for the day, establishing some ties between our local “Lean DFW” efforts and the Austin group. As I look ahead […]

By September 13, 2010 2 Comments Read More →
Ships Passing in the Night – China Builds U.S. Factories

Ships Passing in the Night – China Builds U.S. Factories

In an era where it was a “no brainer” to move factories to China, chasing cheap labor, the Lean world has often spoken out loudly against this. Back in the day, people said “Nobody ever got fired for choosing IBM,” in this era you might say “No CEO ever got fired for moving factories to […]

LeanBlog Podcast #84 – Karl Wadensten, VIBCO and The Lean Nation

LeanBlog Podcast #84 – Karl Wadensten, VIBCO and The Lean Nation

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File Right-Click to “Save As” | Enhanced AAC File Episode 84 is audio from Video Podcast #10 (available on iTunes, YouTube, or leanvideopocast.org). This is a conversation with Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO, a manufacturer in Wyoming, R.I. Here, we talk about his radio show, “The Lean Nation,” which airs […]

By February 24, 2010 2 Comments Read More →

LeanBlog Video Podcast #10 – Karl Wadensten of VIBCO and The Lean Nation

Episode #10 is a conversation with Karl Wadensten, President of VIBCO, a manufacturer in Wyoming, R.I. Here, we talk about his radio show, “The Lean Nation,” which airs on AM 790 in Rhode Island and streams live on the web everyday weekday at 4 PM eastern — www.790business.com. This is the same discussion as the […]

By February 24, 2010 4 Comments Read More →
LeanBlog Podcast #83 – Jim D’Addario, CEO of D’Addario

LeanBlog Podcast #83 – Jim D’Addario, CEO of D’Addario

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File Right-Click to “Save As” Podcast #83 is an in-depth conversation with Jim D’Addario, the CEO of D’Addario, Inc., a manufacturer of guitar strings, drum heads, and other musical accessories. Jim and his family company were featured on CNN late last year, highlighting how lean manufacturing has helped save and […]

By January 29, 2010 1 Comments Read More →

U.S. Companies Competing with China Using Lean

U.S. industry going lean to compete with China | Reuters Yesterday, I recorded a podcast with Jim D’Addario, CEO of the namesake multi-generational family company that was featured recently on CNN. I’ll release that podcast in a few weeks. We had a great conversation that went into more detail about how his company uses Lean […]

By December 19, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Lean as a Way to Save Manufacturing Featured on CNN

Hat tip to blog reader Steven H. for sending this video my way. It’s always nice to see Lean featured in the mainstream media, including CNN. Click here for the video at cnn.com. The story says that the company, a guitar string maker called D’Addario in Long Island, has: Cut inventory Streamlined the factory floor […]

By December 3, 2009 8 Comments Read More →
LeanBlog Podcast #79 – Eve Yen, CEO of Diamond Wipes

LeanBlog Podcast #79 – Eve Yen, CEO of Diamond Wipes

Eve Yen, founder and CEO of Diamond Wipes, is our guest for episode #79 of the podcast. In this podcast, Eve discusses her company and how manufacturing in the United States provides a strong competitive advantage. While not explicitly “Lean,” Eve articulates a value proposition that any Lean Thinker would recognize: manufacturing close to the […]

By November 17, 2009 2 Comments Read More →
A "Lean Gamble"???

A "Lean Gamble"???

Lean gamble has paid off for United Southern Industries I hate to criticize anyone who’s being really successful with Lean. The worst thing I can say about United Southern is to ask, “What made you think Lean was such a gamble and such a risk?” The company was really struggling, before Lean: Custom injection molder […]

By September 11, 2008 0 Comments Read More →