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Oakland University ISE581 Class

We just finished teaching a graduate level systems engineering class at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. “OU ISE 581 Lean Principles and Application” was an evening class with adult students. We prefer to deal with students who can bring real-world … Continue reading

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Understanding System Engineering, Lean and Critical Thinking

Larry and I sometimes get asked about how lean thinking links to system engineering and the critical thinking necessary for any engineering discipline. A worthy task to condense into a few hundred words – one area where lean thinking helps. … Continue reading

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What Flavor of Lean is Your Organization?

Many problems in business today are a result of failure to understand basic system variation within a product or process. Business failures today are a result of short sighted or mis-directed goals more than that of poor product or service. … Continue reading

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The Error of Standardization

Standardization is the foundation of all continuous improvement. If you have an organization where work is performed with variation, the work output will typically be fraught with errors, occasional (or frequent) poor quality and high cost. Whether you are a … Continue reading

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A Great Exercise for Your Lean Team : Lean Journey Tips

Larry and I ran a fun session for a client last week. Each participant was provided a list of more than 50 tips before the class. During the session, each person spent one minute describing why they selected a particular … Continue reading

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Building Trust

I just read another survey showing that many employees do not trust their bosses. Numerous studies show that trust in their immediate supervisor is one of the mostimportant elements of job satisfaction for employees. However, this remains an elusive goal … Continue reading

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Why Lean is Critical to Sustainable Growth

There is a growing number of corporate leaders who recognize the importance of sustainability as a long-term business imperative, yet major challenges persist in merging strategy and actual performance. Closing this gap will require leaders to focus on embedding sustainability both … Continue reading

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