All these lead paint toy scandals are only the beginning. On July 12, 2007, Businessweek ran a story, “Made in China: Faulty Tires.” This story foreshadowed the bloodbath to come. For every scandal, we can expect several high profile lawsuits to follow. On this blog, we’ve been talking about how American businesses encouraged the bad system that allowed … Continue reading The Bloodbath to Come
Today and tomorrow, I have the pleasure of taking part in a Lean Six Sigma summit being hosted by our corporation. One of today’s presenters was Mike Micklewright. He posed many challenging and introspective questions to our lean champions. One of his best points was that lean is not about copying Toyota and rolling out … Continue reading Roots of Lean
Originally published on Mark Graban's Lean Blog in 2007. Lean in Science. Cookie cutters are really good at cutting cookies, but you can't bake a cake with them. This is my general attitude towards the tools-based approach to Lean. For the past couple years, I've been involved in an interesting Lean transformation. We're trying to … Continue reading Lean in Science
Originally published on Mark Graban's Lean Blog in 2007. Extraversion or introversion. How do those personality traits figure into a Lean implementation? I have seen very event driven implementations of Lean. There are Kaizen blitzes, Value Stream Mappings, 6S events, and others. I think it is safe to say that extraverts have an easier time … Continue reading Psychology & Lean
Originally published on Mark Graban's Lean Blog in 2007. The June 11, 2007 issue of BusinessWeek features a great story about 3M's recent problems with Six Sigma, "At 3M, A Struggle Between Efficiency And Creativity." As a Lean Six Sigma black belt at my company, I find that reading these types of articles continuously reminds … Continue reading Quality Systems and Innovation
Originally published on Mark Graban's Lean Blog in 2006. Before Lean, many of the activities that are presently structured as Lean projects used to take place anyway. They flew under corporate radar because the communication pathway was not established to let management know about these grassroots level improvements. Management would find out about them from … Continue reading Lean and Six Sigma Behaviors
Q: How many times are you allowed to take the GRE? And if you can retake it do they replace your score if you score higher than the first time you took the test? A: You can take the GRE as many times as you want. Unfortunately, a higher test score will not replace a lower one. … Continue reading How many times are you allowed to take the GRE?