Lean Healthcare trip reports

I recently visited Penn State University Hershey Medical Center (HMC) and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  HMC is applying Lean methods in the area of demand capacity matching in their emergency department.  Thus far they’ve realized significant improvements.  Here is a quick summary of the work they are doing and the results they are…


New IndustryWeek webcast: Lean at Haldex featuring Microsoft Dynamics

New IndustryWeek webcast featuring a Lean leader and an IT leader from Haldex, discussing “The Haldex Way,” how and why the company embarked on a Lean path, and how IT and Microsoft partner Avanade has been an enabler in the process.  This story focuses not on value stream mapping but on building visibility into core…


www.kanban.com is now live

Ultriva has launched their hosted, subscription based eKanban service at www.kanban.com.  It’s a .NET enabled online service for small to medium sized manufacturers to better align inventory and production with actual customer demand. It includes a wizard-based interface making it very easy to use.  This service could democratize the transition from push-based, forecasting based business models…


Ultriva User’s Conference highlights

In Cupertino, CA today at the Ultriva User’s Conference listening to a many customer case study presentations from Emerson Electric, Rexnord, and Dover Inc.  What is most compelling in the talks is why each company is using Lean.  OK International started on their Lean journey in 2001 to improve customer responsiveness.  They’ve moved delivery times from 6…


IndustryWeek webcast on Enterprise Value Stream Mapping & Analysis

On May 31st, Lockheed Martin will be conducting a webcast hosted by IndustryWeek.  Lockheed Martin apparently has transformed their entire approach to conducting kaizen events through the use of software tools like LeanView from the Orlando Software Group.  The registration site is http://www.industryweek.com/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=342&ref=MIC2.


A refreshing outlook on ‘New Millennium’ Lean

USC Consulting Group (www.usccg.com) has written a very thorough whitepaper describing how technology  augments traditional Lean methods, but also argues that technology is a requirement to make a full Lean transformation.  The link to the document is http://www.usccg.com/Ref/USCMillenniumBroch.pdf.


Lean commentary from major commercial aviation OEMs

Here at the SpeedNews Aviation Suppliers Conference in LA, interesting comments on lean from Airbus and Boeing: Airbus – site setup and configuration based on lean techniques are a major pillar of Airbus’ Power8 restructuring plan, allowing them to achieve efficiency while reducing the magnitude of cuts in the blue-collar workforce. Boeing – Just saw…


New case study – Gates Corporation enabling continuous improvement with Sharepoint

New case study published on Gates Corporation – details how they are using various Microsoft technologies such as Sharepoint to standardize work, improve information access, and push KPIs and transparency throughout the organization. Excerpt:  “To enforce consistent business processes, executive management and division leaders create annual objectives that correlate to pillars of the Gates Business…