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September 14, 2020
Five Things Dictating How Bad It Will Be Coming Out of the Pandemic

For months I’ve been on the phone almost every day with business executives around the world in virtually every industry. It seems there are 3 business groups affected differently by the pandemic:   Those who have seen an increase in demand because their goods and services has increased due to the pandemic.  For example, anyone involved […]

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November 12, 2017
Interview with Joann Parrinder, APICS President: Innovating Ideas into Action with 5S

Ron Crabtree The concept of 5S, which is a methodology to reduce waste through a rigorous approach to workplace organization and cleanliness has five steps that loosely translate as Sort, Setup, Scrub, and Shine, Standardize and, finally, Sustain. Until recently, it never really occurred to me that the concept of 5S could be extended creatively […]

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November 12, 2017
Interview with MetaExpert™ Gary Wickett: Are You Seeing All the Waste?

Ron Crabtree We're going to touch on something near and dear to our hearts in any kind of a business setting. Specifically, identifying an illuminating the sources of business waste. It is my pleasure here to introduce to you in a moment another of the authors of the book, Driving Operational Excellence, Mr. Gary Wickett. […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean Six Sigma and Supply Chain Management – the Time Has Come to Converge

Supply Chain Management (SCM) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) have operated pretty much independently of one another as each of the disciplines has evolved over the last 20 years.  What I have found interesting in my work with large and small organizations in the implementation of LSS in operations, and in sales and marketing, is […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean Six Sigma in K-12 Public Schools Near You?

We recently completed an organizational opportunity assessment for a K-12 public school system in my home state of Michigan.  Implementing Operational Excellence (OpEx) and Lean Six Sigma (LSS) in public school systems is not a totally new idea, but as a practical matter, my research shows less than 1% of school districts nationwide are seriously […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean Approaches to Rapid Product and Services Development

Bringing new products and services to market quickly, that meet and ideally exceed customer expectations for value utility, needs to be at the forefront of businesses strategic and tactical activities going forward.  In the aerospace and defense arena the need for improvement is being driven by both the government and military as well as by […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean in Service Industries, Sales and Marketing – The Time Has Come

Over the last year I have been heavily involved in helping to apply Lean ideas in different service sectors including health benefits administration, medical labs, and most recently, in the marketing and sales arena.  Although there are elements of Lean, Six Sigma, Theory of Constraints and other operations excellence methodologies involved in each case, I […]

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July 10, 2017
Lean Tools Boost Competitive Performance in New Product and Service Development

The ability to reduce lead times is a key differentiator in competitive markets, service industries and the nonprofit arena.  All Lean tools attack waste; and time, specifically lead time, is a key area where waste tends to creep in.  Three Lean tools in particular can help: Value Stream Mapping (VSM), cellular/flow designs, and setup and […]

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July 10, 2017
Six Sigma – A Focus on Quality and Eliminating Variation

Six Sigma is a scientific term that some smart guys figured out how to coin into a new important buzzword in the business lexicon. The foundations for Six Sigma can be traced back to the early 20th century and the first efforts to focus on quality as a key competitive factor. It was not until […]

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