Greater Boston Mfg. Partnership (GBMP)

Greater Boston Mfg. Partnership (GBMP)
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With our annual Northeast LEAN Conference just a few days away, I want to relate a personal story about the theme of this year’s conference, The Integration of Tools & Culture: The first two books I ever read about Lean were Zero Inventories by Robert Hall and Japanese Manufacturing Techniques by Richard Schonberger. In 1985, these definitive...

At GBMP’s launch of the Shingo Institute’s BUILD EXCELLENCE workshop, it occurred to me that perhaps systems thinking might be more aptly named systems rethinking. Workshop participants offered up current systems in their organizations that actually impeded continuous improvement, each time expressing frustration with the difficulty to create...

For me, Taiichi Ohno and Shigeo Shingo are a bit like the Lennon and McCartney of waste elimination. Together they frame the technical and social sciences of what we call Lean today. Taiichi Ohno tells us there are seven wastes that account for 95% of the elapsed time between “paying and getting paid.” Most Lean students utilize an acronym like...

In the fall of 2013, I was approached by Anna Possio with a request for GBMP to collaborate with her organization, Leannovator, to produce a short video exemplar for Improvement Kata. I had known Anna and her family previously, as they marketed GBMP’s products in Italy and had helped us out on several occasions at our Northeast Lean Conference....

During a recent Tea Time with The Toast Dude webinar, I shared a few of my favorite books. These are the books that I recommend to students of Lean to ground their Lean learning…to understand the philosophies, what is sometimes called “the Know Why” right alongside “the Know How.” Too often the countermeasures and tools are attempted without a...

Holiday shopping last week at one of my favorite food places, Johnson’s Popcorn, I came upon a scene reminiscent of our Lean training video Toast Kaizen. After I placed my order for eighteen one-gallon buckets of caramel corn for friends and family, the Johnson’s kitchen shifted gears from mail order sales to my take-out order. I couldn’t resist...

October was Lean conference month for me: First our own Northeast Lean Conference in Worcester (pronounced “Wustah”), then the international AME conference in Dallas and finally, the mid-Atlantic Lean Conference in Timonium, Maryland. These annual assemblages of Lean wizards are themed to inspire, inform and reinvigorate true believers and newbie...