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Dr. Deming & Kaizen: Employees Should Not Just Suggest, But Try Improvements Out

Dr. Deming & Kaizen: Employees Should Not Just Suggest, But Try Improvements Out

I’ve really enjoyed reading the book The Essential Deming: Leadership Principles from the Father of Quality that was published last year. I think this link will work… you can view my my public Kindle notes and profile online. If you haven’t read Dr. Deming’s work, my suggestions are to start with either Deming’s own Out of the Crisis. Or, […]

Henry Ford & Hospitals, Nearly 100 Years Ago

Henry Ford & Hospitals, Nearly 100 Years Ago

My life and work takes me to interesting places. In late 2012, I was able to visit Japan for the first time, visiting the Toyota museum and a Toyota plant. Yesterday, I was in Dearborn, Michigan for a meeting, in the shadow of the “Blue Oval” or Ford Motor Company world headquarters. Part of the […]

Kaizen Adventures in My Hometown of Livonia, Michigan

Kaizen Adventures in My Hometown of Livonia, Michigan

I’m in my home town of Livonia, Michigan this week, having arrived to the snow and cold yesterday, staying through Thursday. Boy, my blood has really “thinned out” from 15 years of mostly living in Texas or Arizona. I made sure my rental car (a very mediocre Ford Fusion) has heated seats. I also made […]

By January 20, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Parallels Between Philadelphia Eagles’ Coach Chip Kelly & A Lean Leader

Parallels Between Philadelphia Eagles’ Coach Chip Kelly & A Lean Leader

The Philadelphia Eagles are playing in an NFL playoff matchup tonight against the New Orleans Saints. I’d admired Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and his somewhat unlikely rise through the coaching ranks. He’s well known from his successful stint at the University of Oregon, but before that he was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire, […]

By January 4, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
A Panel of Early Lean Lab Innovators

A Panel of Early Lean Lab Innovators

This week, I was able to drop by the annual Lab Quality Confab event since it was being held in here in San Antonio. There were some things I heard during a few presentations about Lean or change management, such as “DMAIC is a Lean tool” and “People hate change… so you have to create […]

By November 8, 2012 3 Comments Read More →
Steve Jobs as a Model Leader? As a Manufacturing Leader?

Steve Jobs as a Model Leader? As a Manufacturing Leader?

As I wrote about after his death, I am appreciative of the products and services that Steve Jobs brought to the world.  That said, some of his behavior, as reported in the biography written by Walter Isaacson (the simply titled “Steve Jobs“) is less than admirable.  Some felt the need to dance on his grave, […]

By January 11, 2012 8 Comments Read More →
Lean Healthcare featured on PBS Nightly Business Report

Lean Healthcare featured on PBS Nightly Business Report

Friday night’s PBS program the Nightly Business Report had a nice feature on the use of Lean at Good Samaritan Hospital in Downer’s Grove, Illinois. The video is embedded lower in this post, but you can read the transcript here: “Lean Clean Hospitals.” That’s a better headline than “Lean Mean Hospitals,” I suppose. It’s a […]

By October 17, 2011 3 Comments Read More →
Good News, Bad News on GM Doubling ‘Volt’ Production

Good News, Bad News on GM Doubling ‘Volt’ Production

I don’t often go back to write about GM, the first company I worked for out of college. Thanks to my dad who sent this article from the Detroit paper: “GM delays 2nd shift at Detroit-Hamtramck.” You might think, as a shareholder (directly or through the U.S. government’s holdings), that it’s bad news, that sales […]

By October 11, 2011 7 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 […]

Questions about and Lessons from a Steering Wheel Falling Off

Questions about and Lessons from a Steering Wheel Falling Off

In the news yesterday, a General Motors recall over what could be just one isolated steering wheel problem in an Ohio-built Chevrolet (don’t call it Chevy) Cruze. Most news stories about the recall just mention that one steering wheel came off while an owner was driving down the road (yikes!) The Wall Street Journal story […]

Podcast #109, Jim Morgan of Ford Motor – Lean Product Development

Podcast #109, Jim Morgan of Ford Motor – Lean Product Development

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 17:52) Episode #109 is a discussion with  Jim Morgan, Director, Global Body Exterior and Stamping Business Unit Engineering, Ford Motor Company. We will be talking about Lean product development methods in this show. James will be a plenary speaker at the upcoming  Lean Transformation Summit, presented by […]

By January 13, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Ford’s Resurgence Due to Less Blame-y Culture?

Mark’s note: It’s great to welcome Andy Wagner back to the blog. Read his older posts here. General Motors, Chrysler, and Toyota have been dominating the headlines in recent months with their financial and, now, quality troubles, while some surprising things have been happening to the Detroit Three’s perpetual number two player: Ford.  The company […]

Meeting Newt Gingrich, a Lean Champion

Meeting Newt Gingrich, a Lean Champion

I had a huge thrill a few weeks back, seeing former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich give a talk at the Ontario Hospital Association annual event in Toronto. I had a chance to meet him briefly and had a quick exchange about lean in healthcare, something for which Newt has long been a loud […]

By December 7, 2009 5 Comments Read More →

Will Changing the CEO Help GM?

I don’t mean to kick Fritz Henderson while he’s down, after he resigned as CEO of Government Motors this week. He resigned on Tuesday and I didn’t even learn about it until Thursday, as I was under a proverbial rock, busy teaching a workshop those two days. In my briefest of news scans, I guess […]

By December 6, 2009 4 Comments Read More →

Guest Post: Is TPS the "Best" System?

By David Meier: In this LinkedIn Group discussion, a member posted this question: “In the book TPS Taiichi Ohno gives in chapter 5 praises to Henry Ford. He refer to Henry Ford his book “Today and Tomorrow” written in 1926. Henry Ford was at his peak in 1926. In the following years, as Taiichi Ohno […]

By November 11, 2009 6 Comments Read More →

Muda (Waste) Driven By Government Protectionism

To Outfox the Chicken Tax, Ford Strips Its Own Vans – WSJ.com If people and organizations are good at anything, it’s gaming a system or finding workarounds. From a recent WSJ article comes a tale of how Ford works around import tariffs: Several times a month, Transit Connect vans from a Ford Motor Co. factory […]

By September 28, 2009 8 Comments Read More →
Bad News not Flowing Either Direction at GM?

Bad News not Flowing Either Direction at GM?

Last week, I blogged about an episode where bad news wasn’t flowing up in Boeing (or, it’s part of a pattern). In my Sunday morning reading, I ran across two articles that reminded me of the situations where fear (and other dynamics) lead to communication failures. The Truth About Cars blog had a months-old story […]

Alan Mulally’s Mind Map Doesn’t Include Lean?

Alan Mulally’s Mind Map Doesn’t Include Lean?

Can Alan Mulally save Ford? – May. 11, 2009 Interesting story last month about Ford and CEO Alan Mulally. He’s a Toyota admirer and Lean devotee’ from his time at Boeing. FORTUNE magazine was allowed to share a diagram that Mulally drew up before the interviews. Click on it for a larger view (I couldn’t […]