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2nd Post for the Deming Institute Blog: The Failed “Livonia Philosophy”

Yesterday, the W. Edwards Deming Institute published the second in my series of three posts for them: "The Failure of "The Livonia Philosophy" at my GM Plant." Read more...

The Other Side of the Story That You Didn’t Hear

I was struck by the New York Times article on Scott Pruitt, the nominee to be EPA Administrator, and the settlement of a long-simmering Arkansas poultry runoff case. I encourage...

Lean is Not Just Process Improvement

 In my travels, I often meet people or visit organizations that say thing like: “We’re doing Lean… we just call it Process Improvement.” They have a “Process Improvement” (PI) department, or they call it “Continuous Process Improvement” (CPI). They have people in roles like “Process Improvement Facilitators.” While process improvement is great, in using a […]

EPA Midterm Review of Fuel Economy Standards the Latest Example of Why Change is Needed

Until recently, the automobile industry’s work with EPA on fuel economy standards had been a great example of how a federal agency and a regulated industry can put politics aside...

House Passes Bill to Prevent Overly Costly SEC Regulations

Manufacturers continue to face regulatory requirements that are costly and burdensome. SEC rulemaking stemming from the Dodd-Frank Act is a prime example. The pay ratio and conflict minerals requirements are...

Supreme Court Takes up NAM’s WOTUS Case

This afternoon, the US Supreme Court granted certiorari to the NAM’s petition in the challenge to the EPA’s Waters of the US regulation.  We have asked the Supreme Court to review...

Producer Prices for Final Demand Goods Accelerated in December

Producer prices increased 0.3 percent in December, extending the 0.4 percent gain seen in November. More importantly for manufacturers, producer prices for final demand goods accelerated in the latest report,...

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Jan 9: Shook, Coffee, Free #Lean Books

Here’s the latest installment of “Key Tweets,” a (usually) weekly post that summarizes some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other fun stuff. Follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the conversation. See the previous installments of Key Tweets here. If you’re reading this via email or RSS, you might get a […]

Retail Sales Grew Strongly, but Spotty, in December

The Census Bureau said that retail sales accelerated in December, finishing 2016 on a strong note. Spending at retailers grew 0.6 percent in December, increasing for the fourth straight month....

Contest: Win a Set of #Lean & #PatientSafety Books Plus Some StoreSMART Supplies

StoreSMART, a Rochester, New York-based manufacturer and retailer, has been an advertiser on this blog for over six months now. They’re not just running ads and trying to sell stuff… I also very much appreciate that they are trying to learn how to better serve those who are practicing Lean and we’ve spent a lot of time […]

Timmons to Senate: Time to Move on Tillerson

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement after secretary of state nominee Rex Tillerson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations: “As...

Trump EPA Should Take Hard Look at New Mining Financial Assurance Rule

Eliminating wasteful and unnecessary regulations has been a cornerstone of President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign and transition to the White House. Manufacturers are encouraged by the prospect of a more balanced...

Eliminating a Deduction for Advertising Will Not Reduce Healthcare Costs

During the current debate on legislation to repeal Obamacare, the Senate may have the opportunity to vote on a provision—introduced by Senator Franken (D-MN)—that would eliminate the ability of companies...

Podcast #271 – Isaac Mitchell, Lean Design in Healthcare

Joining me for Episode #271 is Isaac Mitchell (@IssacMitchell), talking about Lean Design for healthcare, the Society for Health Systems, and more. Isaac is a full-time lean practitioner at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, a lecturer at the University of Tennessee’s Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and an instructor for the Institute of Industrial and […]

Bipartisan Bill Focused on Growing IoT Introduced Today

Senators Fischer (R-NE), Gardner (R-CO), Booker (D-NJ) and Schatz (D-HI) introduced the NAM-supported Developing Innovation and Growing the Internet of Things (DIGIT) Act today. This legislation creates a strategic partnership...

Net Hiring in Manufacturing Was Flat in November with Little Change in Job Openings

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that net hiring in the manufacturing sector was flat in November, continuing a trend of weak net job growth year-to-date. According to the latest...

NFIB: Small Business Optimism Soared in December to its Highest Reading in 12 Years

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) said that sentiment among small business owners soared in December to its highest reading in 12 years. The Small Business Optimism Index increased...

Marie Osmond and The Excuses for Not Getting Lean

I don’t normally pay attention to TV commercials, but I was working out the other day and had TV streaming through my iPhone. Appropriately enough, a Nutrisystem ad with Marie Osmond. I wouldn’t have really watched the ad, but the app froze up and this image got stuck on the screen as the audio continued… so […]

Experts Say Energy Innovation Strengthens Manufacturing

A recent study released by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) examined how new technology has impacted the surge of natural gas production in the United States and made U.S. manufacturing...

Better Metrics & “Understanding Variation” – An Important Topic for Healthcare

My favorite book, as I've written about before, is not a "Lean book" -- it's Understanding Variation: The Key to Managing Chaos by Donald J. Wheeler, PhD. It might look like a book about statistics...

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