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I Was Asked to Share “Pet Peeves” About Lean (and Lean Sigma)

Thanks to GoLeanSixSigma.com for asking me some questions for a discussion that they've posted on their website. On the pet peeves issue, I tried to address, in particular, some of the "Lean Sigma" stuff that I have blogged about here on this site... Continue reading I Was Asked to Share “Pet Peeves” About Lean (and Lean Sigma) at Lean Blog.

NAM Supports Congressional Action to Rescind State-Sponsored Retirement Plan Regulations

The NAM has raised concerns before with the current trend of individual states passing legislation to set up state-sponsored retirement plans. Now, Congress is joining in by moving to undo...

My Meeting With President Trump

This morning at the White House, President Trump convened a group of business leaders to talk about growing the economy and creating jobs. As Chairman of the Board of the...

Kansas City Fed: Manufacturing Activity Expanded in February at Fastest Rate since June 2011

The Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank said that manufacturing activity expanded in February at its fastest rate since June 2011. The composite index of general business conditions rose from 9...

If a Surgeon or Hospital Puts Quantity over Quality, Why Call it a “Factory?

I get worked up about labeling a troubled surgical department as "a factory," but there are far more important issues of patient safety and hospital culture to be discussed related to a Seattle Times investigative piece. Continue reading If a Surgeon or Hospital Puts Quantity over Quality, Why Call it a “Factory? at Lean Blog.

Creators Wanted! Say Hello to The Future of Manufacturing!

“Creators are wanted,” say many manufacturers across the United States. And the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is taking another step to populate the talent pipeline in America—with a new...

#TBT: My Podcast Interview with Joe Swartz on a Kaizen Culture in Healthcare

Today’s Post in Recently, with my podcasts, I’ve started producing PDF summaries of the episodes that highlight some key points and quotes for those who would rather read than listen. I started doing this with Episode #270 and I think...Show More Summary

Sen. Ted Cruz Weighs in On Manufacturing in Texas

For today’s Texas start to the tour, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took time to weigh in on the importance of manufacturing to Texas and our country. He echoed the NAM’s...

Manufacturers Celebrate Trade Facilitation Agreement Milestone

Today marks a milestone for the World Trade Organization, as the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) – the first multilateral WTO agreement since 1995 – enters into force. The agreement represents...

Governor Greg Abbott Declares Modern Manufacturing Week in Texas

At the kickoff of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour at the Emerson Innovation Center, Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos presented NAM officials with a proclamation declaring Modern Manufacturing...

NAM Kicks off 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour in Austin,Texas

The 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour launches today in Austin, Texas! This is manufacturers’ moment to tell our story and leverage the national enthusiasm for our industry. From Texas, we...

Existing Home Sales Jump to their Fastest Rate in Nearly 10 Years

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) reported that existing home sales increased 3.3 percent in January, rising to its highest annual level since February 2007. There were 5.69 million existing...

The Need to Consider Other Perspectives in Process Design & Kaizen

In this post, I describe an idea (or a suggestion?) that led to a Kaizen improvement through Catalysis (formerly known as the ThedaCare Center for Healthcare Value). Continue reading The Need to Consider Other Perspectives in Process Design & Kaizen at Lean Blog.

NAM: State of Manufacturing Tour 2017

  Tune in on Wednesday February 22, 2017 to hear remarks from NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Emerson President and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr, on...

Markit: Eurozone Manufacturing Activity Rose at Fastest Rate since April 2011

The Markit Flash Eurozone Manufacturing PMI rose from 55.2 in January to 55.5 in February, its fastest rate since April 2011. As such, the continent’s economy continues to move in...

Win a Free Copy of “Practicing Lean”

In celebration of the paperback release of our book Practicing Lean, I am running a giveaway contest, through Amazon, that runs until February 27. To enter, click this link and follow the instructions there. You have to send a tweet as instructed on the contest page. Due to shipping costs, I believe the contest is open only to people with a U.S. Show More Summary

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Four Reasons You Need An ERP To Meet GST Compliance?

Introduction Why to suffocate your business by keeping away from technology driven ERP solution? Give your business the oxygen of ERP to make it stand against any disruptive change. Indian process manufacturers are right now under a constant pressure of GST, where the fear of the unknown is immense. Each passing month brings them a […]

The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting

Art Bryne's latest book, The Lean Turnaround Action Guide, has a lot of great tips that he's trying to share, CEO to CEO. How many CEOs are reading this book and heeding his advice, in manufacturing or in healthcare? Continue reading The Advice about #Lean That Your Hospital CEO Should Be Getting at Lean Blog.

A Webinar on Thursday, #PracticingLean Summary & #Kaizen Thoughts

This post will point you to a few things you might be interested in: a free webinar this Thursday, some thoughts on Kaizen and "low-hanging fruit," and a summary of the book Practicing Lean. Continue reading A Webinar on Thursday, #PracticingLean Summary & #Kaizen Thoughts at Lean Blog.

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