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One of the more dubious outcomes of the French Revolution was the standardization of guillotining as the sole (and oft-employed) manner of capital punishment. Prior to the revolution, only the...
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The following is a true story that occurred during a nine-month period.Paul had been with a machine shop for 32 years. At the time he held the position of a shift supervisor, and keeping the work...
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About six years ago I was meeting with a clinical team to kick off an early improvement effort at their hospital. We began with a reflection on the problems with traditional business management...
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In my last blog post, “Everybody Everyday” I made the case for regular practice of new perspectives, behaviors, and practices. All new learners begin by just “going through the motions” and...
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Gary was a talented, creative welder with an idea that made perfect sense to him but was not supported by conventional measures. Gary was determined to implement his idea and pressed for a closer...
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I was asked about 15 years ago to give a short presentation about poka-yoke to an association of engineering professors from different U.S. universities. I brought with me several...
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I was asked about 15 years ago to give a short presentation about poka-yoke to an association of engineering professors from different U.S. universities. I brought with me several...
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Sometimes things that seem factual are not exactly true. Here are a few examples relating to inventory: • When I was a materials manager, the auditors would declare that we had taken a “good...
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A colleague, friend, and lean leader in health care related a story awhile back that I think is worth sharing. Joanne Marqusee, COO at Hallmark Healthcare System, was standing in line at a grocery...
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A couple years ago, I was consulting in a large rolling mill to help reduce late deliveries to its customers. After walking the floor for the first time with an enthusiastic 20-something engineer (...