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Expert (Womack) suggests lean production


Jacksonville's Financial News and Daily Record

Good article and comments from Jim Womack. Some had criticized him before for making it sound like manufacturing was doomed here in the U.S. because of China. Here, Womack says that lean is the way that we can remain competitive vs. China. That, I agree with.

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

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  1. Ralf says

    Jim is right: have a walk on the shop floor and you will see things you never believed before that very second!

    Problems occur, in lean organisations as in “normal” ones, but you should always seek the root courses so the problem won’t appear again. It’s harder than you think beccause you have to understand the process and the connections with further up- or downstream processes.

    All the best on the lean trip

    Ralf (Leipzig, Germany)

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