Showing items tagged as Lean

  • Overcoming Minimalism to Elevate Manufacturing Quality

    May 27, 2020 by Jim Leonard, Senior Consultant, QSG

    The philosophy and cultural of minimalism and “settling” can be disadvantageous when it comes to quality manufacturing standards and expectations. Jim Leonard, a senior consultant with QSG, presents quantitative and qualitative analysis of how such approaches can stagnate quality and shares tips on how to achieve a high level of continuous improvement in manufacturing.

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  • How Digitization Can Help Life Sciences Manufacturers Amplify Lean Principles

    October 1, 2019 by Dave Edwards, Executive Vice President, MasterControl

    Life sciences manufacturers are grappling for every advantage they can get in saturated, highly competitive markets. The implementation of lean programs is one way to achieve greater efficiencies. But in order to fully realize the benefits of lean, manufacturers need to replace manual paper-based data systems with a digital production records solution.

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  • Turning Mistakes Into Marvels on the Manufacturing Floor

    June 5, 2019 by Jared Evans, Lean Process Coach and Professional Instructor, MasterControl

    Errors. Oversights. Accidents. Mishaps. Bloopers. Gaffes. Fails. Call them what you will, mistakes on the manufacturing floor are unavoidable. And while they usually carry a negative connotation, sometimes a mistake can make a lasting impact for the better.

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  • Safety Is the Key to 6S

    December 20, 2018 by Beth Pedersen, Staff Writer, Master Control

    5S, the system of workplace standardization and organization which originated in Japan, has helped countless manufacturers reduce waste and optimize efficiency. Now, a sixth “S” is turning this lean initiative into a centerpiece of corporate culture, making it more about people than profit.

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  • Ugly Babies, Silent Enemies and Other Short Stories from a Continuous Improvement Conference

    September 6, 2018 by Chet Marchwinski, Communications Director, Lean Enterprise Institute

    Continuous improvement professionals, managers, and executives from the U.S. and Canada presented at the recent Canadian Lean Conference in June 2018, which drew about 1,000 business leaders to Winnipeg. Presenters shared lessons and results from lean transformation efforts as well as some personal journeys. Here’s a digest of some of the stories I heard.

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  • Three Ways to Accelerate Your Lean Journey

    October 4, 2017 by Dan Markovitz, Founder, Markovitz Consulting

    I spent two days in St. Louis last week at the Global Lean Leadership Conference. It’s a small conference—only about 150 people—consisting of companies that have embraced Paul Akers’s 2 Second Lean philosophy. Companies that wanted to join the conference were required to have the president attend (although there were many other people from those companies as well).

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  • "We're Different!" Overcoming the Challenges of Applying Lean Principles to Knowledge Work

    April 27, 2017 by Drew Locher, President, Change Management Associates

    If you are applying lean management principles to R and D, life science, or other knowledge work processes, you’ve probably heard the "we're different” argument. It usually goes something like this, “You can’t apply lean process improvement techniques to creative work because everything we do varies."

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  • The Inner Game of Continuous Improvement

    March 14, 2017 by Jon Miller, Co-founder and Partner, Gemba Academy

    by Tim Gallwey for helping him overcome anxiety and self-doubt, and to keep winning. I read the book looking for parallels and general lessons that could be applied to workplace performance and continuous improvement, and was not disappointed. Here is a summary of what I learned about what I will call “the inner game of continuous improvement.”

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  • How to Lead with Respect

    February 7, 2017 Mike Orzen, Founder, Mike Orzen & Associates

    “Over time I’ve come to realize that engaging in this problem-solving process is actually the highest form of respect….The manager truly respects the employee’s knowledge and his or her dedication to finding the best answer….Only by showing mutual respect-- each for the other and for each other’s role-- is it possible to solve problems, make work more satisfying, and move organizational performance to an ever-higher level.”

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  • Quality by Design Part 1: You Can't Design Something You Don't Understand

    March 1, 2016 Beth Pedersen, Marketing Communications, MasterControl

    Just like every other aspect of a product, quality is determined by the decisions you make in the design stages. While spending less time on planning upfront might seem to save you money, the costs associated with poor quality resulting from early design decisions can ultimately equate to 40 percent of your company’s total revenue. Correctly understanding the true nature of quality and addressing it in the design stages rather than trying to bring it in as an afterthought is the central premise of Quality by Design (QbD), and adhering to this principle could be the most cost-saving measure your company will ever take.

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  • Steak, Peas, and Doughnut Holes

    February 16, 2016 Curt Porritt, SVP Marketing, MasterControl

    In a recent Q&A with Harvard Business Review, Sir David Brailsford, an MBA and former head of British Cycling, highlighted a cycling team that used a continuous improvement process to eventually find great success. Brailsford, who has overseen teams that have won more than a dozen Olympic gold medals and three Tour de France races, explained to HBR how his team focused on making small improvements in various aspects of cycling. The hope was that all of these small improvements would add up to a significant overall improvement in the team’s racing ability.

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  • How Performance Excellence Helps Broaden the Horizons of Quality

    December 7, 2015 Mickey Garcia, Segment Manager, Medical Devices, MasterControl

    Since W. Edwards Deming’s pioneering work in the 1950s, we have witnessed remarkable progress in the disciplines of both quality and management. Through the years, the best practices of the day have been given fancy names such as total quality management (TQM), Six Sigma and, most recently, Lean everything—just to name a few. With so many hifalutin terms being bandied about, it would be easy to dismiss an emerging term like performance excellence as just another buzzword. But there’s a case to be made for incorporating it more fully into our quality-related vocabulary: to help us, as Dr. Mikel Harry says, look beyond the mere business of quality and focus increasingly on the quality of business.

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  • MasterControl Revs Up Improvement

    April 28, 2015 Craig Gygi, Executive VP Operations, MasterControl

    The de facto standard for excellent business operations is Lean Six Sigma. Only five years ago you could not say that. But today, in every industry and in every geography, companies have figured out that the principles and practices of Lean and Six Sigma are the world-class standard for designing, configuring, improving, and controlling business.

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