Monthly Archives: March 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Opportunities growing for women

I enjoyed this article by Carol Cain describing the current state of women participation in the manufacturing industry and overall employment.  The details are not favorable.  With new data indicating there are more opportunities for women, the same data indicates there are less women entering engineering.  Currently, 25% of the engineering enrollment nationally represents women […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: National Pay Equality for Women

I’m reminded of the words from Dr. Seuss’ “The Lorax,” a book I often read to my kids: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” The new study indicates that Michigan women earned 74 cents compared to every dollar a man made, based on 2013 […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Sigma Calculator

Everyone can value a quick and efficient way of calculating a formula.  The Sigma Calculator on this website is the easiest and quickest way to get your Sigma Z score.   Understanding the assumptions in this case will provide the path toward your answer.  Basically, the calculator will add 1.5 Sigma shift to the process as […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Rich kids use the Internet to get ahead

As the great guitarist Eric Clapton says:  “It’s in the way that you use it”…. This perfectly summarizes this report regarding the culture based on economics, it really is surprising. Multiple studies gathering data from 1950+ indicate the use of technology and information is different across economic segments of the society.  The “Rich” utilize this […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The 8th waste in the Toyota Production System (TPS)

We have studied the 7 wastes in the Toyota Production System (TPS).  The 8th waste is the use of resources or Talent.  This is described as the de-motivating of the workforce by not incorporating your team members in the input phases of the process or recognizing success.  The famed management consultant Peter Drucker called this […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The 11 Best U.S. Companies for Students to Get Summer Internships

We all love reading lists and this is no different.  For current college students, obtaining an internship is as close to winning the lottery.  This lists the best companies and a review why they made the list. Facebook Chevron Google Quicken Loan eBay Yahoo! Epic Systems Schlumberger NBCUniversal Boston Consulting Group Apple Article Link: […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Not Everything That Can be Automated Should Be

Sometimes you feel honored to be reading an article that delivers substantial content.  This article is the apex of such statement.  I cannot refer to a better article the applications of Lean and problem solving.  Robert Simonis clearly describes the problems of applied overhead accounting when the metrics do not match the drivers of the […]