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According to an article in Industry Week, The Boston Consulting Group estimates that use of robots will increase by 10% a year in the top … Continue reading

Occam’s Razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician William of Ockham. It says, “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily,” or more commonly, … Continue reading

My wife is having the clothes washer serviced because it’s dripping oil on the floor. When the service technician arrived, he explained that the transmission … Continue reading

According to the Wall Street Journal, Lean fails to produce the desired results as much as 70% of the time. In a recent article, the … Continue reading

Forward-thinking companies search high and low for opportunities to innovate. They might consider new products, process improvement approaches such as Lean, or new ways to … Continue reading

Many companies launch their lean journey by implementing the tools of lean, often starting with 5S workplace organization. But for sustainable results, companies need to … Continue reading

Occam’s Razor is a principle attributed to the 14th century logician William of Ockham. It says, “entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily,” or more commonly, … Continue reading

It may be counterintuitive, but in the realm of Continuous Improvement, lists are a bad idea. If you must make a list, it should only … Continue reading

There are myriad ways of using images to communicate with employees and improve business processes. Pictures and drawings can be extremely useful tools for Continuous … Continue reading

I am currently reading Toyota’s Supply Chain Management by Iyer, Seshadri and Vasher (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2009). Dispersed among lots of fairly dry detail are … Continue reading