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.


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 http://www.nam.org/s_nam/sec.asp?CID=202321&DID=234872 


Lean solutions director Ingo Heel and Just Born Foods profiled on NAM America’s Business Radio show this weekend !

Tune in to the National Association of Manufacturers weekly radio show America’s Business with Mike Hambrick this weekend on Feb 10-11 for a segment on Lean Manufacturing.  Interviews include Ingo Heel, Lean Solutions Director for Microsoft, and a profile of Just Born Foods’ success story presented by USC Consulting Group. For a list of stations and…


5s for the Information Worker

Over the recent holidays, I embarked on a backup, cleanup, and Office 2007 upgrade for my PC.  As part of the process, I realized that it would be a good idea to take a look at the 5s concept from an information worker perpsective, since e-mail and spreadsheets are the “tools” and “dies” used by many in…


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…