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New! PDF Summaries of Recent Podcasts – And Follow Me on Instagram

Some of you would rather listen than read, so I’ve been doing some audio podcast readings of blogs through what I call my “Lean Blog Audio” podcast. Some of you, however, would rather read than listen to podcasts. I’m working with a writer to create written summaries of episodes from my original Lean Podcast interviews series. These […]

Key Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of Jan 16: Spaghetti Diagrams, Head Shaving, & More

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 […]

President Trump Begins Work to Support Manufacturers on Day One

Thank you, Mr. President. Manufacturers welcome the president’s swift move to provide no new burdens to the onslaught of regulations we have endured these past eight years. One after another, regulations—...

Registration Now Open for the #Lean Healthcare Transformation Summits in Belgium & California

Since the first Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit was held in 2010, I’ve been fortunate to attend and participate each year. I think it’s the pre-eminent Lean healthcare event of the year. It never disappoints, between the keynote speakers, breakout sessions, CEO panel (which I enjoy moderating), and the networking amongst the attendees. The Summit is […]

Manufacturing Provided a Small Boost to Real GDP in the Third Quarter

Real GDP grew 3.5 percent in the third quarter, its fastest pace in two years. The Bureau of Economic Analysis provided more detail about growth by industry. In short, real...

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Continued to Accelerate in January

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity expanded at its fastest pace in 26 months, continuing to accelerate as we begin 2017. The composite index of general...

Housing Starts Rise in December on Rebound in Multifamily Segment

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts rose 11.3 percent in December, largely on a rebound in the multifamily segment....

You Don’t Build a Culture of Continuous Improvement by Waiting Until Your Culture is Totally Ready for Continuous Improvement

When I talk to organizations about Kaizen, or continuous improvement, there's far too much self-defeating talk, where people say things like: "We're not going to try this Kaizen process because our culture isn't ready yet."

BatchMaster ERP Solution Validated for Pharmaceutical Segment

The main focus of any IT company providing software solution to pharma segment is to deliver solutions that align with cGMP compliance requirements, a mandatory obligation of this sector to regulatory agencies. On this front, BatchMaster...Show More Summary

New Study: Manufacturers Face 297,696 Regulatory Restrictions

As the incoming Trump administration prepares to reform and roll back many misguided federal regulations, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has released a new study revealing the sheer number...

Manufacturing Production Rebounded in December

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production rebounded in December after pulling lower in November, with output in the sector up 0.2 percent in the latest report. Manufacturers have struggled...

Consumer Prices Increased 2.1% Year-Over-Year in December, the Highest since May 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics said that consumer prices rose 0.3 percent in December, rising for the fifth straight month. The increase in the latest release stemmed largely from higher...

Podcast #272 – Steve Thompson, Lean Supply Chain Lessons from Automotive to Healthcare

My guest for Episode #272 is Steve Thompson, Director of Patient Driven Supply Network initiatives for Cardinal Health, a global, integrated healthcare services and products company. He is also a Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, dating back to his time spent working in the automotive industry. In today’s episode, we talk about his lessons learned from […]

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,...

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