Archive | November, 2012

Lean Quote: Inspection Is Too Late

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on […]

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Strategic Response to Consumer Demand

1. Design to Order Other names : Engineer to Order. The company does not make a product before so had no inventory. If there are orders from customers, the company will make the design, purchase materials, and making products to order. Example : ships, special computers, buildings, bridges. 2. Make to Order The company only had the product […]

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Lean Quote: Don't Think You Know Everything

On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on […]

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When Did Manufacturing Become a Dirty Word?

I was recently asked to join a regional panel at the RFI Workshop on Building the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation at the Beckman Center at UC Irvine. Don Norman, member if the National Academy of Engineering, co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group, and author of “The Design of Everyday Things” gave one of the welcoming talks […]

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