GARY KAPANOWSKI: 5 lessons from the U.S. women’s World Cup win

In business, the closer we can be to the customer the better.  As a lean six sigma professional, this eliminates wastes (muda) and delights our customers by delivery services the customer is willing to pay.  The result from the US women’s world cup victory indicates some changes in the customer profile that was not expressed […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Where do you fit in against the 1% based on Census Bureau data?

Median household income has not recovered from the Financial Crisis based on the studies from the Census Bureau’s release of the Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013 and the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances.  Overall, poverty improved 2% from the last study in 2007.  Median family income reduced 8% from $56,436 to […]

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: 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: How family status affects women at work?

Raising the corporate ladder is difficult for anyone.  The latest research indicates being a woman with kids is not a favorable indicator for success.  The positive indicator of mentorship boosts the results for women.  The interesting fact from the article is that the supply of women with credible education backgrounds would point to a more […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Focus on the Workforce

This is a great article discussing how universities and companies can share in the learning process and contribute to Lean continuous improvements.  In clear step-by-step process, the collaboration provides the roadmap for continuous improvement for any organization or industry. Article Link: Gary Kapanowski – Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt – Excelsior The following […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Seven Organizational Design Tips for Aerospace Executives

In thermodynamics and business operations, entropy is a natural killer of performance.  A lack of consistent maintenance or review leads to an unavoidable trend toward chaos, a falling a part of processes.  An old slogan is “if you are standing still – you are not advancing”.  The following are some ways to counter the entropy […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Part Inspection Speeds Up due to Standardization

This is a good article to describe the strength of standardize work instructions.  This included 100% inspection for critical functional characteristics.   With improvements, the total cycle time was reduced by 35% and now implemented throughout the organization.  Also, since the standardized procedure is simple to implement, reduction in training costs allows for other improvements to […]