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 •  February 22

Before 1946, if a guitar was damaged inside a manufacturing facility, there was a good chance it would never be played. Leo Fender, a southern California inventor, had the idea to build a guitar that came apart, specifically by bolting the neck to the body rather than gluing it (among other innovations) making it easier for manufacturers to check...

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 •  February 21

Most people introduced to lean manufacturing say it is primarily about eliminating waste. They continue, “Waste is defined as something that the customer is not willing to pay for.” But what if customers can’t be trusted to define value?
My friend and colleague, Doc Hall, founder of both the Association of Manufacturing Excellence and the...

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 •  February 15

So you think you’ve seen it all when implementing “lean manufacturing”? Let me take you to a unique approach conducted in Italy as part of the American journalists’ tour conducted by the Italian Trade Agency in Chicago under the direction of Bart Pascoli. We toured several industries in Italy including packaging, automobiles and universities....

The ideal changeover should be tool-less. This means standard bolts used in changeovers are the enemy and must be identified and replaced. We need to look at the bolts and how they are used and determine if there is a better fastener. Bolts are commonly installed as a cost-effective measure to secure items together. This is from the...

It’s said that the only constant is change. But are you ready for the tsunami of change heading in your direction in 2018? Let’s take a look...

I hope you’re eagerly anticipating a great Superbowl. But are you stuck playing too much baseball in your business? You need to play both to win the “Super Bowl of Execution.”
My colleague Chris McChesney coined the term “The whirlwind” to describe the chaos of everything required just to keep your business going – and I’m sure you just had an AHA!...

If you’ve ever been involved in a construction project you are familiar with the term “punch list.” This phrase is standard in construction. It’s the list of items that still need to be done when the contractor tells you he’s finished. That means he does some work, and then you identify things not done or not done correctly. Some even give you the...

The beginning of the new year is a great time to take a moment to reflect on best practices and lessons learned in the previous year. The Target team is no exception in this area. We’ve gathered our top ten stories of the year (based on clicks). Here are the results:
Taking notes isn’t lean by Chery Jekiel (January)
Underperforming employees?...

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 •  December 28, 2017

Manufacturing businesses have many departments: IT, Engineering, Sales, Accounting, Supply Chain, Production, Quality… and the list goes on. Despite the widespread understanding that silo’d organizations suffer unnecessary time delays and communication failures, “lean” is often added to the list of departments.
So, is “lean” just another silo in...

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 •  December 20, 2017

In Boston, we were blessed with a few keynote speeches that were both thought provoking and soul stirring. Upon returning to the Chicago area, I reflected on what I had gotten out of the experience: it had reminded me of what had made me fall in love with lean over 35 years ago.

Fundamentally, lean values human life beyond just breathing— it...