Nov 072017
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Need Continuous Improvement & Innovation Training?  Try these resources.

Continuous improvement should be part of every organization.  Here are some links to get you started:


Oct 192017
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Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels…

  • “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently — they’re not fond of rules… You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them, but the only thing you can’t do is ignore them because they change things… they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.” ~ Steve Jobs

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  • “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” ~ Steve Jobs
  • “I appreciate that, but maybe you’re looking out for your interests just a little bit more. I mean you shouldn’t be asking people to come down here and pay the freight on something they paid, it still ain’t good enough, I mean you think that’s right? I mean maybe you’re doing your job but why you gotta stop me from doing mine? Cause if you’re willing to go through all the battling you got to go through to get where you want to get, who’s got the right to stop you? I mean maybe some of you guys got something you never finished, something you really want to do, something you never said to someone, something… and you’re told no, even after you paid your dues? Who’s got the right to tell you that, who? Nobody! It’s your right to listen to your gut, it ain’t nobody’s right to say no after you earned the right to be where you want to be and do what you want to do!… You know, the older I get the more things I gotta leave behind, that’s life.”  ~ Rocky
Oct 012017
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Dilbert Lean Six Sigma

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Sep 192017
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Disruptive Innovation Explained

Clay Christensen, Harvard Business School professor discusses his landmark theory.

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Innovation Quotes

  • “The reason why it is so difficult for existing firms to capitalize on disruptive innovations is that their processes and their business model that make them good at the existing business actually make them bad at competing for the disruption.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  • “A disruptive innovation is a technologically simple innovation in the form of a product, service, or business model that takes root in a tier of the market that is unattractive to the established leaders in an industry.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  • “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  • “The evolving social and digital media platforms and highly innovative and relevant payment capabilities are causing seismic changes in consumer behavior and creating equally disruptive opportunities for business.” ~ Howard Schultz
  • “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” ~ Charles Darwin
  • “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “I don’t feel that this concept of disruptive technology is the solution for everybody. But I think it’s very important for innovators to understand what we’ve learned about established companies’ motivation to target obvious profitable markets – and about their inability to find emerging ones. The evidence is just overwhelming.” ~ Clayton Christensen
  • “Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people.” ~ Steve Jobs

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Aug 182017
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Deming’s 14 Points on Total Quality Management – TQM

  • “There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” ~Peter Drucker
  • “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~W. Edwards Deming
  • “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” ~Colin Powell
  • “Learning is not compulsory… neither is survival.” ~W. Edwards Deming
  • “Quality management is needed because nothing is simple anymore, if indeed it ever was.” ~Phil Crosby
  • “Quality is everyone’s responsibility.” ~W. Edwards Deming
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~Tom Peters
  • “If you can’t describe what you are doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” ~W. Edwards Deming
Jun 242017
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Deming, Juran and Crosby Quality Philosophies

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This is a good resource of a great deal of supply chain and business information.  If you like what you see please share it on social media.

Jun 242017
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Supply Chain Optimization

Supply Chain Optimization is key in making a supply chain organization more efficient and productive.  A company can use technology for optimization but don’t forget to improve processes as well.  Using technology to optimize processes may take awhile and will cost a significant amount of money.  Be sure to first look into ways to improve the current process by taking out wasted steps.  Also look into the process discipline of the organization so the information going into your supply chain system can be fully utilized for your supply chain optimization projects.

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Supply Chain Optimization Quotes

  • “The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” ~ Bill Gates, founder and former CEO of Microsoft
  • “In many cases, jobs that used to be done by people are going to be able to be done through automation. I don’t have an answer to that. That’s one of the more perplexing problems of society.” ~ John Sculley, former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “For the blue-collar worker, the driving force behind change was factory automation using programmable machine tools. For the office worker, it’s office automation using computer technology: enterprise-resource-planning systems, groupware, intranets, extranets, expert systems, the Web, and e-commerce.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “SpaceX is only 12 years old now. Between now and 2040, the company’s lifespan will have tripled. If we have linear improvement in technology, as opposed to logarithmic, then we should have a significant base on Mars, perhaps with thousands or tens of thousands of people.” ~ Elon Musk
  • “The human being is a very poorly designed machine tool. The human being excels in coordination. He excels in relating perception to action. He works best if the entire human being, muscles, senses, and mind, is engaged in the work.”
    ~ Peter F. Drucker
  • “Excellent firms don’t believe in excellence – only in constant improvement and constant change.” ~ Tom Peters
  • “In Japan, a company worker’s position is secure. He is retrained for another job if his present job is eliminated by productivity improvement. W. Edwards Deming
  • “I have a great respect for incremental improvement, and I’ve done that sort of thing in my life, but I’ve always been attracted to the more revolutionary changes. I don’t know why. Because they’re harder. They’re much more stressful emotionally. And you usually go through a period where everybody tells you that you’ve completely failed.” ~ Steve Jobs, co-founder and former CEO of Apple Computers
  • “There might be new technology, but technological progress itself was nothing new – and over the years it had not destroyed jobs, but created them.”  ~ Margaret Thatcher
  • “Automation provides us with wondrous increases of production and information, but does it tell us what to do with the men the machines displace? Modern industry gives us the capacity for unparalleled wealth – but where is our capacity to make that wealth meaningful to the poor of every nation?”  ~ Robert Kennedy
  • “Computers are magnificent tools for the realization of our dreams, but no machine can replace the human spark of spirit, compassion, love, and understanding.”  ~ Louis Gerstner, fromer CEO of IBM

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Jun 242017
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Continuous improvement in order to reach superior quality should be the goal of every company.  Quality helps to lower cost and is one of the primary factors in the purchase making decision.  The level of quality also distinguishes a company’s product/service.  A high quality product can command a high price where a low quality product will have a less expensive price tag.

Quality in manufacturing is generally measured by the number of defects compared to the output.  When there is a defect in a product there are many costs that come with it including: rework, waste, labor usage, late deliveries and poor customer service.

Quality of the product is located in the:

  • Product design

  • Process design

  • Labor (how skilled are the workers)

  • Direct Material

  • Equipment

  • Number of inspection points

Costs associated with poor quality:

  • Decreased sales

  • Bad reputation

  • Waste

  • Rework

  • Late Deliveries

  • Poor customer service

  • Labor usage

There are three gurus of quality that will most likely be mentioned during quality discussions.  They include Dr. Edward Deming, Dr. Joseph Juran and Philip Crosby.

Quality Management Training

Deming, Juran and Crosby Quality Philosophies.

Deming’s 14 Points on Total Quality Management – TQM.

Apr 202017
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Agile Project Management with Kanban

Agile Project Management with Kanban presentation approximately one hour long.  Very good video.  Kanban is a scheduling system for just in time (JIT) and lean manufacturing.  Great video for anyone in supply chain or manufacturing.

Eric Brechner: “Agile Project Management with Kanban” | Talks at Google

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Kanban Quotes

  • “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” ~ Chinese Proverb
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.” ~ Aristotle
  • “A bad system will beat a good person every time”. ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Are you too busy for improvement? Frequently, I am rebuffed by people who say they are too busy and have no time for such activities. I make it a point to respond by telling people, look, you’ll stop being busy either when you die or when the company goes bankrupt.” ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “There are three kinds of leaders. Those that tell you what to do. Those that allow you to do what you want. And Lean leaders that come down to the work and help you figure it out.” ~ John Shook
  • “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ~ Peter Drucker
  • “Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS (Toyota Production System) tools. But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner–not in spurts–in a concrete way on the shop floor.” ~ Fujio Cho, President, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • “Today’s standardization…is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow’s improvements will be based. If you think “standardization” as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow – you get somewhere. But if you think of standards as confining, then progress stops.” ~ Henry Ford

Agile Project Management with Kanban


Oct 072016
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What is Blue Ocean Strategy?

Supply Chain and Leadership Information.

  • “The natural strategic orientation of many companies is toward retaining existing customers and seeking further segmentation opportunities. This is especially true in the face of competitive pressure. Although this might be a good way to gain a focused competitive advantage and increase share of the existing market space, it is not likely to produce a blue ocean that expands the market and creates new demand.”  ~ W. Chan Kim, Blue Ocean Strategy