Monthly Archives: June 2015

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Which passports are the best (and worst) to have?

There is a service that advises individuals on passport citizen selection.  An index was computed with interesting results.  At the top of the list are the U.S. and the U.K., providing visa-free access to 147 countries.  This is mainly due to tourist dollars for the rest of the world.  The next group includes Germany, South […]

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: Histograms and Collected Data Sets

In any Lean Six Sigma or general analysis, once data is collected the first thing any practitioner will do is to histogram the data:  I like to say “Histogram-it”.  This is statistics 101.  Everyone does it. The reason is simple; the charting of the data will reveal detail in a picture format that human minds […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Why the Financial Crisis Took Economists By Surprise

This article is an excerpt from Alan Greenspan’s latest book, “The Map and the Territory: Risk, Human Nature, and the Future of Forecasting”.  As Lean Six Sigma professionals, we also value data and statistical modeling to solve problems.  We need to realize as Greenspan indicates don’t discount the negative tail in your analysis or the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: States with the most job openings for college graduates

For college graduates, job seeking is a long process.  It’s good to know there are ways to improve your odds in finding that first full time job.  The top locations include Massachusetts, Delaware, and Washington State.  The bottom has West Virginia, Rhode Island and South Carolina.  What is impressive is that 63% of job openings […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN Manufacturing through Compact Machining Cell

This article describes the true intention of Lean to establish a continuous improvement cycle.  This group started with over 1,700 parts to categorize for production and tooling then to capacity.  This led ot a reorganization of the shop floor based on the pull from the customer.  This led to a “process family code system” for […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Experts discuss their mission to spread a culture of continuous improvement

The experts know.  Both Professor Liker and James Franz state that the implementation of Lean in organizations over the past 30 year hasn’t replicated the productivity gains made by Toyota.  In a way, this is disturbing.  As described in the article, the Toyota Way is a coaching model with a teacher/student relationship.  The Lean approach […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean Huddles work

This advance manufacturing organization adopted a Lean Huddle strategy to organize their tooling opportunities.  They didn’t know it was a huddle, but was used to get everyone to talk about the problem.  The answer was within the organization and the employees.  Testing different ways of production produced answers that were able to be applied throughout […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Throughput in Three Steps

It’s all about throughput – these days…. As it should be!!  Throughput is the start and finish of every process flow.  How can we meet the takt time?  How can we maximize our throughput?  These questions are asked frequently.  This article does an excellent job in organizing your thoughts on this issue. The three principles […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: To U-Shape or Not to U-Shape?

This article points to several great opportunities when implementing Lean principles and tools to solve a problem.  First, the author points to Lean as “having very small amounts of work-in-process (WIP) moving rapidly through the entire process to the customer” or known as flow.  To improve the flow, a U, O, D or C looking […]