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Lean

Get Lean with Pizza?

Get Lean with Pizza?

Some of the folks over at the Lean Forums were expressing their need for value stream mapping (vsm) simulation games, so lean consultant and author, Bob Petruska, explained the “Pizza Game” which he plays with his Schwan coworkers (he uses this analogy because one of the Schwan plants makes frozen pizzas). According to Petruska, they

Mike Wilson | August 29, 2012 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing









Selling Old-Timers on Lean in Not-So-Lean Times

Selling Old-Timers on Lean in Not-So-Lean Times

The other day, I was consulting with a customer who was designated as his company’s “go-to guy” for implementing lean in their shop.  He wasn’t entirely convinced with the move, questioning, since his company has been doing well for the past 3 decades, why would they need to fix something that isn’t broken?  I asked

Mike Wilson | July 23, 2012 | Lean | Lean Manufacturing


Six Sigma: Can It be Simple?

Six Sigma: Can It be Simple?

With so many business models in the market today it’s often difficult to understand what would be best to incorporate into your operations before it becomes obsolete. Six Sigma, is one to learn and then, to keep around. For over 10 years, the Six Sigma business philosophy has changed the way many Fortune 500’s and

Mike Wilson | July 17, 2012 | Lean | Six Sigma



Lean Misconceptions

Lean Misconceptions

Misconceptions in lean manufacturing are easy to make, but they are dangerous!  And anyone can misinterpret and misrepresent things.  Mark Graban provides a striking example of a misconception in his blog post Should Have a Question Mark: Inc’s “The Leanest Startup?” : “Inc. Magazine didn’t have the question mark in the headline, but I think

Mike Wilson | July 12, 2012 | Lean | 5S, Lean Manufacturing



What is needed for Hiring for a Lean Culture?

What is needed for Hiring for a Lean Culture?

Here’s a question from a healthcare leader that I thought I’d share for input from you, the blog readers. This person is looking to change their hiring and people “sourcing” practices, after visiting ThedaCare and learning about their “Human Development Value Stream” work. Based on your experience, what do you think are the most important

Mike Wilson | July 4, 2012 | Lean | Continuous Improvement, Kaizen, Lean Culture, Lean Manufacturing