Shingo Recognizes Lean Bombs


    Sandia's neutron generator production wins Shingo Prize – New Mexico Business Weekly:

    I'm surprised that the U.S. government would spent time and energy trying to win a Shingo Prize. I don't doubt their lean efforts, don't get me wrong.

    Sandia produces neutron generators in support of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile. Lab officials say the production center has applied lean manufacturing concepts over the past five years that have led to a 67 percent increase in capacity, a 55 percent reduction in inventory, and a 75 percent decrease in cycle times — all while taking on three new assignments with no increases in budget or staff.

    I think we're all glad that the nuclear weapons are a “stockpile.” We'd rather have them be the “waste of inventory” rather than being used. Necessary to have, but good to not use them.

    Do you think the Sandia management applied for it as a way of recognizing their employees' efforts? Something to be proud of and recognized for? That's what might make sense to me.

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    Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


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