Monthly Archives: March 2006


“Flow” and Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi [the broken link was removed] by David Farmer: How does it feel to be in “the flow”? 1. Completely involved, focused, concentrating – with this either due to innate curiosity or as the result of training … Continue reading

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Lean Thinking and Management

Several interesting posts have been inspired by the Kaizen Priorities post on Got Boondoggle. While it has been mentioned debating these ideas may not be valuable, I believe it can be valuable to explore the reasons behind the different views. … Continue reading

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Cells and High Volumes

Cells and High Volumes: Forget What You Think You Know [the broken link was removed] by Gary S. Vasilash: True cellular manufacturing depends on the cooperation and orchestration of all employees. The reason for this is simple: The objective to … Continue reading

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Organizational Learning

Why Your Organization Isn’t Learning All It Should [the broken link was removed, Harvard still doesn’t seem to realize how to manage a web resource] by Anita Tucker, Amy Edmondson, and Steven Spear Our analysis of qualitative data suggests that … Continue reading

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Deming and Toyota

In response to Deming Electronic Network message, Deming and Toyota (broken link removed): I have read a few of the threads referring to Toyota and their success. I am somewhat familiar with the Toyota Production System (where Lean principles sprouted … Continue reading

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Using Design of Experiments

How to Institute DOE in Your Company (link broken – removed) by Davis Balestracci: DOE works, but I don’t need to sell that to the readers of this newsletter. But as certain as we all are, no one can deny … Continue reading

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The images shows: I am 64th in line as a VIP. If I were not a VIP I would be 1st in line. Actually the graphic is mainly just funny. The real broken part is that the system has disconnected … Continue reading

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Kaizen Priorities

Kaizen Priorities by Mike Wroblewski: Priority 1: Kaizen your bottleneck station first – If you don’t know what is your bottleneck station, find it. There are many ways to find your bottleneck: all the inventory is piled in front of … Continue reading

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Six Sigma Won’t Fix Bad Management?

Re: Six Sigma won’t cure bad management [the broken link was removed 🙁 ] I believe Six Sigma can be an effective management improvement strategy. It is not the most effective, in my opinion, but still effective. In my opinion, … Continue reading

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Customer Focus

Winning With Service [the broken link was removed] by John Teresko: “From our viewpoint, machines are increasingly more difficult to differentiate for most applications,” admits Harry C. Moser, president, Agie Charmilles Corp., Lincolnshire, Ill. “There are many good competitors, and … Continue reading

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