GARY KAPANOWSKI: Time to Improve now with Lean

This article specifically describes how Lean should be utilized in an organization.  In fact, the opening question of “Who is doing continuous improvement, and when are they doing it?” speaks to the foundations of Lean and eliminating waste.  I especially liked the description of the metric:  problem-to-improvement cycle time.  This tracks the time it takes […]

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: Kaikaku – Manufacturing Re-Imagined

How do we know if we are utilizing best practices?  The answer is in identifying the current state.  Kaikaku or radical change identifies the issue of stagnation to create a new process or model.  Thus, we are going beyond the Toyota Production System (TPS) for incremental improvement.  This is the basis for Black Belt studies.  […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lean manufacturing is for all industries

This is a great article for Lean professionals.  It’s easy to get too focused on the tools of Lean.  As professionals, we need to understand the behaviors, grow people, and build standards.  In Lean transformations, the behaviors drive the tools.  Such areas to consider is coaching, employee empowerment, and problem solving. The implementation results are […]

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: 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: 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 […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Social Security data says 6.5M in U.S. reach age 112

The data is the data when it’s not the data…. As a rule, when data is collected from any source, either known or unknown, all professionals need to apply sensitivity analysis to verify the data’s accuracy.  This article proves this point clearly.  The data collected was social security information in which the birth date is […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: RFID Uptake in Manufacturing

This is a pleasant surprise.  Seeing the technology catch the Lean strategies for proper implementation of pure value added value chains for the customer is positive affirmation that the Lean Six Sigma methodology is becoming more common in business practices. For background detail, the use of RFID technologies enhances the entire value chain and across […]