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An Ounce of Action…

  “An ounce of action is worth a ton of theory. Don’t be too timid and squeamish about your actions.”   ~~Ralph Waldo Emerson   This quote is courtesy of A Lean Journey blog.  Tim McMahon has some great advice there.  … Continue reading

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2 More Visual Management Examples

Some of you may recall that my wife and I had a great time in Maine over the summer.  It was fun to go to such a beautiful area.  It was also fun to share a humorous experience from that … Continue reading

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Visual Management in Your Car

You may have noticed that I am a big fan of visual management.  As such, I got a good laugh out of this photo and wish that I had thought of it myself.  It’s clear, concise, easy to understand, and … Continue reading

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Just In Time

Just-in-Time (JIT) inventory focuses on having the right inventory (raw material, packaging supplies, WIP, or finished product), in the right place, at the right time, and at the right quantity – some would even say the exact quantity.  Inventory is … Continue reading

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C’mon, Man! Dig Deeper.

I was walking by this small town hardware store the other day and noticed that the window on their door was covered with several signs including the store hours, credit cards they accept and the like.  One message jumped out … Continue reading

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Visual Management on the Exercise Trail

Have you ever found an unexpected pleasure when you least expect it?  I was very pleasantly surprised on a recent road trip.  Most of the hotels I frequent are nestled near the freeway or a shopping center and are not … Continue reading

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What’s In It For Me?

What’s in it for me?  That questions sounds a little selfish, doesn’t it?  Yet answering this question can make all the difference when you are trying to convince others to join you on your Lean Journey or any other journey … Continue reading

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Deming & Your Kaizen Success

Have you created training for one of your teams before?  I am in the process of developing training material for a Kaizen Team with a new client.  Starting with a clean slate, as I am today always gets me thinking. … Continue reading

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4 Issues with 5-Why’s

  John is driving to the plant earlier than usual today. He is thinking to himself that his days just keep getting longer since being promoted to Production Manager. John isn’t even half-way to the plant when his cell phone … Continue reading

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Standard Work on Your Packaging Line

Beyond Lean has a series of blogs on the subject of Standard Work that ran last week.  Matt Wrye was kind enough to ask me to guest blog.  This post originally ran there: Our new team is coming together for their … Continue reading

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