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 […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Six Sigma in the Spotlight

For most downloaded topics in engineering, it is clear to see that Lean, quality, and Six Sigma are the clear leaders.   Developed in 1986 at Motorola and became mainstream in 1995 by General Electric, it is not surprising that Six Sigma is among the top aspects for problem solving. The Six Sigma methodology is the […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Saving From the Start with Lean Six Sigma

Most companies complain that the costs associated for implementing Lean Six Sigma is too high and outweigh the benefits.  This article clearly explains the rational for implementation.  I will list the details and you can judge the overall benefits claimed by implementing companies.  The continuous improvement mantra becomes more than just a slogan but an […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: 3 reasons why stock buybacks are booming

There are many investors talking about the positives and negatives to the increase in the stock buyback programs.  Basically, most organizations are participating in a stock buyback program; thus, the companies are betting on the stock market can generate a better return than their internal programs.  This is usually a losing proposition since the market […]

GARY KAPANOWSKI: Saving From the Start with Lean Six Sigma

Most companies complain that the costs associated for implementing Lean Six Sigma is too high and outweigh the benefits.  This article clearly explains the rational for implementation.  I will list the details and you can judge the overall benefits claimed by implementing companies.  The continuous improvement mantra becomes more than just a slogan but an […]