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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...

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 •  December 13, 2017

Whether calendar year end or another time of year is when you close the books, there’s a certain inevitability to looking at your business with a critical eye for ways to improve as the end of the calendar year approaches. These five tough love questions are all related to the bigger picture of continuous improvement and being people-centric, focused...

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 •  December 6, 2017

M2 Global's Commitment to Growth and Profitability through Continuous Innovation
“The big eat the small” used to be a common saying in the business world, but in today’s environment, the fast eat the slow. With the pace of commerce increasing, companies unprepared to make changes quickly are likely to fall behind. Examples abound of yesterday’s...

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 •  November 29, 2017

by Lea Tonkin, Lea Tonkin Communications, Woodstock, IL.
Ready to throw away your Gantt charts and find a nimbler approach for new product development? Consider Scrum, a project management tool that’s been popular in software development, suggested Dave Binz, application engineering manager at Cambridge Engineering. “It’s an agile way to organize a...

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 •  November 28, 2017

Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart manufacturing. There is a lot of change happening in our industry right now! But what is something on the absolute “cutting edge” of lean? Answer: Virtual factory management powered by AI-based lean analytics.
Technology and new processes are revolutionizing factories, just as lean itself...

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 •  November 21, 2017

The leader of a manufacturing company walks a tightrope. On one side is the choking dust left behind by competitors and creators moving faster and wiser than he. On the other side is the charred remains of those who tried to move too fast and broke organizations. And in front of him is the future he so desperately wants to create. How does he keep...

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 •  November 15, 2017

by Drew Locher, AME Author, Change Management Associates, www.cma4results.com
The annual AME conference always gives me reason to reflect. In attendance are people from around the world, representing a diverse set of organizations, sharing their experiences regarding all matters of enterprise excellence. Keynote speakers included Margarette Purvis...

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 •  November 8, 2017

By Richard Wiltse, Master Black Belt, Tremco http://www.tremcosealants.com, AME Cleveland Lean Consortia, https://www.ame.org/ame-cleveland-consortium
Ask any football coach about a winning philosophy and most of the time you will hear something like “we need to execute on the basics – blocking and tackling!!!!!" At a recent sales conference, my...