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  • 2020-bl-thumb-minimalism-threatens-quality

    Overcoming Minimalism to Elevate Manufacturing Quality

    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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  • 2019-bl-thumb-manufacturing-with-lean-digitization

    How Digitization Can Help Life Sciences Manufacturers Amplify Lean Principles

    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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  • 2019-bl-thumb-turning-mistakes-into-marvels

    Turning Mistakes Into Marvels on the Manufacturing Floor

    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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  • 2018-bl-thumb-finding-success-with-6s

    Safety Is the Key to 6S

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • How to Lead with Respect

    “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

    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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