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
Yesterday and today, NPR’s Morning Edition had two short stories about Toyota. Yesterday, they highlighted the Georgetown Plant. Listen Here. Today’s story was an interview with Toyota US President, Jim Press. Listen Here.
Business Week ran an article about some of Hyundai’s recent problems. One of them seems to be a misguided quality program. Although the article says that, In recent years, no other major automaker has boosted sales and quality as fast the the Korean company. The article later goes on to say that Hyundai’s idea of … Continue reading Hyundai’s Definition of Quality
A perfect example of a locally optimized system. According to an article in Businesweek, car rental firms have benefited from a “subsidy” from car makers eager to keep workers turning wrenches. For years, consumers and rental firms alike have benefited from the fact that Detroit has been outproducing demand. To keep plants humming, and to … Continue reading Leaner Carmakers = Higher Rental Car Prices
Are you a scientist practicing Lean in your research? Are you trying to apply Lean to your research? We need to talk. I can’t find any scientists using Lean through Google. I am looking to interview scientists using Lean. Don’t comment with your contact information. Instead, send a message to Mark using the email link … Continue reading Calling out to all lean scientists
A Bay Area-based global outsourcing expert, Mark Zetter, and HP’s former worldwide manufacturing education manager, Eric Olsen, Ph.D., have written a white paper on Lean Outsourcing. In the article, they raise a very good point. United States-based lean consultants often try to sell lean as a way to curtail the flow of manufacturing jobs offshore. … Continue reading Lean Outsourcing