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: 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: 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: 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 […]

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: Achieving measurable improvements in Lean within the metal finishing industry

This is a great article for Lean professionals to show how measured improvements can be earned through installing Lean.  With sales increase over 58%, Parts Per Million Defects reduced by 75%, and On-Time Delivery nearing 100%.  This was accomplished through Lean principles of valuing the workforce to own their processes to make improvements and eliminating […]