Jon Simpson

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Lean Visual Management Boards In Factories: Keep It Simple!

When a factory starts working on a Lean initiative, one of the first steps generally involves putting up lean visual management boards on walls. We …

The Hidden Costs of Batching

To strive for continuous flow or not? While certain processes achieve immediate gains from the pursuit of continuous flow, many experience the …

Manufacturing

What is World Class Manufacturing and How Do You Measure It?

World class manufacturing is like a symphony by Mozart where all in the orchestra understand their roles and how to perform in an expert synchronized …

Manufacturing

How to define or improve a layout of manufacturing under the principles of operational excellence

How to define or improve a layout of manufacturing under the principles of operational excellence. To move it according with the Takt Time, One piece …

A Lean Management System Starts with Senior Leaders

<i>Originally published on</i> <i>Lean.Org</i> <i>in 2014</i><p><b>Learn from Past Mistakes</b><p>When it comes to getting started with Lean, best practices have been changing, …

Why Does a Manufacturing Plant need an Outside Resource to Facilitate Change? *A short summary*

Most manufacturing plants:<p>Have hired a talented staff,<br>• Have put together a materials strategy,<br>• Have a great communication conduit with sales and the …

Auto Manufacturing Future

There is probably no human endeavor more complex, involving more people and companies, or more expensive than an automotive vehicle program. Billions …

How You Define the Problem Determines Whether You Solve It

Typical stories of creativity and invention focus on finding novel ways to solve problems. James Dyson found a way to adapt the industrial cyclone to eliminate the bag in a vacuum cleaner. Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque developed cubism as a technique for including several views of a scene in the …

Danaher and its Business System – A Model of Excellence – Technology and Operations Management

Danaher has long been recognized as a leading operating company (125 companies worldwide; 19B revenue). By repackaging key pillars of lean and …

How to Manifest Your Strategy

<b>The Light at the End of the Tunnel:</b><p>All this talk about <b>Industry 4.0, IIoT, Factory of the Future</b>… there is so much to fix today… where do I start? No …

Why are CEOs not driving productivity? - Mark Raskino

Economists across the world are both puzzled and concerned about an apparent dip in long term productivity growth. Their worries are giving rise to …

Innovation

Business Health Check; the three key indicators for your daily walk around

Lean daily leadership reminds us that active leadership is important to continuous improvement. The leaders of the great companies are visible in …

Project Management

Update: How the Best Lean Experts and Practitioners Think

<i>Learn How To Become A CI Thought Leader And Advanced Practitioner.</i><p>I really admire Toyota and many other successful Lean organizations. I also admire …

The Toyota OpEx Magic: 9 Key Practices

“Making things is about making people,” Brett Wood, president and CEO of Toyota Material Handling North America, told manufacturers at the …

How to align Operational Excellence with strategic goals

How can you ensure your OpEx program aligns with your corporate strategy?<p>This presentation supplements the Operational Excellence workshop I ran …

A Reason to Do Lean and Six Sigma Executives Will Embrace

Early in my career, some 30 years ago, I had a conversation with my boss that went something like this:<p>Boss: “Yeah, Dyer, what do you want now?”<p>Me: …

A Year In The Life Of A CEO, As Told By Numbers | Inc.com

I frequently get asked questions about how I spend my time as the CEO of Simple Mills.<p>Taking a look at where your hours go can be a great productivity benchmark, particularly if you're at a high growth company or early stage startup where schedules can be particularly chaotic.<p>You'll learn where and …

CEOs

17 Lessons I Learned on the Manufacturing Floor This Year | Inc.com

This year has been an exciting year for Simple Mills. As I stood on the line this week for my last time of the year, I couldn't help but feel a little sentimental. It was less than a year ago that we launched our line of crackers, a line that has become a practically an overnight success - going …

Time I

A "Kaizen" Improvement at a Wine Bar - Is it "Lazy" or Smart?

<b>Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.” - Robert Heinlein, American science fiction</b> …

What Too Many Lean Leaders Forget about Gemba Walks

Lean Coach Darren Walsh of the UK's Lean Enterprise Academy has seen many lean leaders make a troubling, yet highly avoidable, mistake on their gemba …

Project Management

The Top Ten Worst Things You Could Do on a Gemba Walk

Learn what NOT to do on a Gemba walk, from getting too chummy with the staff to asking too many questions or acting like a creep.

Top 10

Creating and Sustaining a Lean Culture of Continuous Process Improvement | American Journal of Clinical Pathology

Lean is the automobile manufacturing production system of the Toyota Motor Corporation that many businesses have been trying to reproduce for over 30 …

IndustryWeek

Top stories<p>Curves Ahead for Changes in Auto Emissions Standards<p>EPA regulators must balance innovation and investment with market realities.<p>Here's …

Manufacturing

How to Share Continuous Improvement Across Multiple Plants

Here are some suggestions to the senior leaders who are trying to introduce change into other plants that's already been successfully implemented by …

Manufacturing

Ready...$et...GROW! 14 Sales Principles to Sell By

Throughout my career, I've had the opportunity to work with with many different Sales teams, across a vast array of industries. One thing they've all …

Tired of losing? Reverse the Trend by Unleashing the Power of Daily Management and Start Winning Again

Tell me if this sounds familiar to you...your entire day is consumed by numerous meetings, far from the where the real work happens, covering …

How to Implement Kanban Cards

Example of simple kanban card at offices of Lean Enterprise Institute<b>How to Implement Kanban Cards</b>Kanban is a popular and powerful workflow …

Project Management

How to Manage Your Improvement Metrics More Effectively and Efficiently

Learn how to manage your improvement metrics, so that you can make data-backed decisions at the right time by knowing when to act and when to ignore …

Marketing