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


A refreshing outlook on ‘New Millennium’ Lean

USC Consulting Group ( 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


How Corning used Six Sigma to improve energy efficiency – this weekend’s topic on America’s Business with Mike Hambrick

This weekend another radio segment airs on America’s Business with Mike Hambrick on how Corning used Six Sigma (DMAIC), supported by Microsoft technology tools such as Visio and our partner Itron, to achieve the following objectives: §  Assure uninterrupted supply of energy to BSD facilities. §  Reduce the total direct cost of energy as impacted…


Free Visio trial available from National Association of Manufacturers

As you know Microsoft Visio is one of the primary tools that can help automate value stream mapping and process analysis.  NAM is running a free trial offer for manufacturers, available at 


How Software Can Help Your Lean Program – and You, the Lean Professional

There is nothing like walking into the “war room” after a kaizen event.  I usually see the same thing – butcher paper and sticky notes lining the walls from floor to ceiling.  It is the result of people coming together to improve their value streams – the scene is impressive.  What I’m less impressed with…