Archive | July, 2011

How Do YOU Approach An Idea?

There are two basic types of people. Those who are worried about trying an idea that won’t work, and those that are worried about not trying an idea that might work. The first type can go a whole career with some degree of success. Every time I play golf, I realize that at my skill […]

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Six Sigma

The second concept in TQM is Six Sigma. Who developed this concept? Originally developed by Motorola, Six Sigma refers to an extremely high measure of process capability. A Six Sigma capable process will return no more than 3.4 defects per million operations (DPMO). Please note that, six sigma is highly structured approach to process improvement. In the […]

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Lean is the Means to be Green

Last week I had the pleasure of writing an article for Enna’s newsletter. Enna is a developer and manufacturer of innovative, action-oriented training / workshop training packages developed for internally led process improvement initiatives. If you don’t subscribe to their newsletter you can read it below. Many manufacturers know the benefits of lean manufacturing: higher […]

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‘Green’ Procurement: Getting its ‘Value Creation’ Game On to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series on sustainable procurement, I laid out my vision of the heart of a sustainable, green supply chain that runs through its procurement function.  It’s simple to show how every product has a hidden human health, environmental and social impact along the entire supply chain.  However, it’s been challenging to […]

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‘Green’ Procurement: Getting its ‘Value Creation’ Game On to Drive Supply Chain Sustainability (Part 2)

In Part 1 of this series on sustainable procurement, I laid out my vision of the heart of a sustainable, green supply chain that runs through its procurement function.  It’s simple to show how every product has a hidden human health, environmental and social impact along the entire supply chain.  However, it’s been challenging to […]

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CMTA's "Everything Grows with Manufacturing"

I am currently serving as Vice Chair of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA). The CMTA staff worked very hard to put together the California Manufacturing Summit, “Everything Grows with Manufacturing” last week in Sacramento. I was happy and encouraged to see how many people showed up. I think the panel, with its diversity […]

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How Lean Fights Obsolescence

I heard an interesting story the other day about baggage fees. Although the decision to charge for extra bags has alienated travelers, it hasn’t seemed to reduce the number of fliers significantly. But the fees did, however, alter passenger behavior. Travelers take fewer bags with them now when they catch a flight. Of course, anytime […]

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