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Value Stream – Walk before Talk

April 27, 2017

You are a CEO and have never walked your Value Streams. Walk before talk.  A company exists to take either material or information and add value to it. The system in your company that creates value is called a Value Stream. It starts with request and ends with product or service. Between those two states […]

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Who’s Running at 6 Sigma?

April 20, 2017

Airplanes – Six Sigma Airplanes run at Six Sigma.  Do that mean they don’t have failures?  No.  But think about what you care about.  The plane crashing is a failure for me.  Components on planes fail all the time but who cares if the plane still flies and lands.  Six Sigma is a matter of […]

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Toyota Production System – Goodbye to Mass Production – Part 4

April 17, 2017

Mass Production Prior to and up to 1950 the total production volume of the Toyota Motor Company was 2685 automobiles.  The most efficient automobile factory in the world, operated by Ford, produced 7000 in a single day. This led Eiji Toyoda, who studied every square inch of that Ford plant, conclude with Taiichi Ohno, that […]

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Statistical Process Control Run Charts – Are They Still Relevant?

April 13, 2017

The Western Electric Company and Lloyd Nelson created elegant and simple rules.  These rules test whether a process is “out of control”.  These helped manufacturers for years to determine the degradation of their processes.  Statistical Process Control (SPC) uses these run charts to derive comfort that their process is stable. Really, violation of these rules […]

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Manufacturing Statistics

April 11, 2017

Manufacturers run the business using statistics because they give the best metrics for manufacturing performance.  We have listed a summary table of statistical tests here that may be useful for selection of statistical test.  Some are Non-Parametric and others are Parametric.  Some will measure means and others variation.  These are the suite that a Lean […]

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Toyota Production System – Toyota Emerges – Part 3

April 10, 2017

General Motors has come into play because they out innovated Ford. GM saw a weakness in Ford and that they did not produce cars in different colors. So GM took advantage of this weakness and started to produce cars in multiple colors thereby displacing Ford in many markets. Innovation helps businesses move past competitors.  This […]

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Lean Six Sigma – Create an Agile Business

April 5, 2017

Competition is stiff and always napping at your heels. Virtually every business has aggressive competitors. Coupled with that is the fact that the market that you are selling to is ever-changing. If you can change as fast as your market, then your business must be managed optimally. Of course, no business could be managed optimally […]

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Toyota Production System – Mass Production – Part 2

April 3, 2017

Mass Production is the primary accreditation that people give to Ford. However, Ford’s real contribution was not mass production, but what he enlightened saw as the enabler to mass production. In the previous blog, we discussed how all cars during this time period were manufactured using Craft Manufacturing. This was because every part added to […]

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