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What Your Father Can Teach You About Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads, grandpas, great-grandpas, uncles, and dads soon-to-be out there. Fathers Day has evolved a little bit into a day of phone calls, golf, …Continue reading →

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Penn State Football Oversells Tickets to Sold Out Game TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The opposite of having too much inventory you can’t sell is selling inventory you don’t have and confirming orders you cannot fulfill. Both can be equally costly – inventory absorbs …Continue reading →

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Nike Polos and Defects Leading to Recalls and Rework TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I spend more words beating up on jersey, polo, and t-shirt manufacturers in my posts (see here, here, here, here, here, and here). Truth be told, they are organizations ripe …Continue reading →

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Imagery of Poka-Yoke TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A quick little background on “poka-yoke.” Also written by others as “pokayoke” or “poka yoke,” it all refers to error-proofing or mistake-proofing. And what do those terms mean? Why, making …Continue reading →

Defective Product and Making a Wrong Turn TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | To continue the unintentional theme of cars as metaphors for lean… I equate the creation of defective products and services to making a wrong turn and getting lost while driving. …Continue reading →

Defects Example – FedEx Office TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | My experience at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Dallas has provided me with an excellent illustration of where defects can be costly for consumers and for suppliers. I chose to …Continue reading →

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8 Lean Wastes – Defects/Scrap/Rework TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | (This is the first in a series of deeper dives into the eight Lean wastes. Today we start with the Lean waste defects.) Defective products can sap resources multiple times …Continue reading →

The Eight Lean Wastes – A Primer TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So I’ve mentioned becoming more efficient by reducing waste. “Waste” is generally described as trash or stuff we throw away but there’s actually a more broad definition that goes beyond …Continue reading →

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