GARY KAPANOWSKI: Lessons for first female president watching election

Rochelle Riley’s article is a nice first step to understanding how the presidential vote was casts, especially in Michigan.  Using our “lean” eyes, several interesting why should appear after reading the article. Why did women not vote as a block to support her presidency? Were their different segments of the population not treated as a […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Think high and you can attain full potential

This is a great article on striving for your best in everything you do. This is something we all do at times and want to do all the time.  The article provides a great way of doing this every day.  Highly Recommended. Steps for Full Potential: Forcibly get things done Accept personal responsibility for outcomes […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: The Power of Information

This is a great article discussing the age of real time information.  There has never been a time where people have access to real information in real time.  It is hard to hide macro event details.  Read this quick article to see if you agree with me that this is just our detection of the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Continuous Improvement Project Log

When a team completes a continuous improvement project, everyone feels a sense of pride and joy in doing good work for other team members and the organization.  As the Lean journey continues, the question becomes how do we learn from our mistakes to become better and faster?  The best way to do this is though […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN FUNDAMENTALS FOR ACCOUNTANTS

GARY KAPANOWSKI: LEAN FUNDAMENTALS FOR ACCOUNTANTS Executive Summary: The goal for this article is to provide accountants with the proper fundamentals of Lean and practical uses for the Lean tools in the office.  This article will also provide the reader with quick implementation of Lean tools and techniques to validate the benefits of Lean. Introduction […]

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: 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 […]