Python’s growing popularity and ease of use make it an easy choice for anyone wanting to learn how to program.  Python’s simplicity is also deceiving.  Like many languages, Python has it’s share of quirks and nuances that can make a …

Effective Python Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

What did you expect? Benchmarking & Decisions – for better or worse I recognize that benchmarking is not a new concept.  In business, we have learned to appreciate the value of benchmarking at the “macro level” through our deliberate attempts to establish a …

What did you expect? Benchmarking and Decisions – for better or worse. Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

Admittedly, it has been a while since I checked a shampoo bottle for directions, however, I do recall a time in my life reading:  Lather, Rinse, Repeat.  Curiously, they don’t say when or how many times the process needs to be repeated. Perhaps …

Integrated Waste: Lather, Rinse, Repeat Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , ,

What is lean?  The following definition is from the Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership website, http://www.omep.org: Lean Is A systematic approach for delivering the highest quality, lowest cost products with the shortest lead-times through the relentless elimination of waste. The eights wastes …

Lean Is … Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , ,

It’s no secret that lean is much more than a set of tools and best practices designed to eliminate waste and reduce variance in our operations.  I contend that lean is defined by a culture that embraces the principles on …

Achieve Sustainability Through Integration Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , , , , ,

I have always been impressed by Toyota’s inherent ability to adapt, improve, and embrace change even during the harshest times.  This innate ability is a signature trait of Toyota’s culture and has been the topic of intense study and research …

Discover Toyota’s Best Practice Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,

If your competitors are using OEE to manage their processes just like you, how do you plan to establish a unique approach that helps your company to outperform them?  You may be surprised to learn that the perception of process …

Differentiation Strategies and OEE (Part I) Read more »

Tagged with: , ,

At first I thought this approach seemed to be a little too simplistic as an execution strategy.  On second thought, however, it seemed to be very appropriate to most situations that we may encounter.  It has certainly been a very practical superview …

Pure Genius: Teach, Build, Model Read more »

Tagged with: , , , , ,

We are all familiar with the adage, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.  While it is easy to get caught up in data analysis and reports, this adage holds true for first hand experience as well.  It could even …

Lean Sensations – A taste of reality Read more »

Tagged with: , , ,