The Bloodbath to Come

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

Roots of Lean

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

Lean in Science

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

Psychology & Lean

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


The following fellowships are opening to applicants very soon: 1. The National Science Foundation’s Graduate Research Fellowship ProgramThe 2007-2008 Competition will open for applications in early August 2007. This fellowship program provides students with three years of financial support including a $30,000 annual stipend and $10,500 cost-of-education allowance. U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent residents at … Continue reading Fellowships