What Bill Dettmer will teach in his Logical Thinking Process 6-Day European training, June 2015 in Paris?

Bill Dettmer, renowned world expert and author of the bestseller “The Logical Thinking Process” (ASQ Quality Press, 2007) will host a 6-Day executive training session designed to enable participants to use the Logical Thinking Process (LTP) to build their own strategic plan and its associated implementation road-map. The course is in central Paris from 10th … Continue reading What Bill Dettmer will teach in his Logical Thinking Process 6-Day European training, June 2015 in Paris?

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The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiso or Sweep, Shine, scrub

The third S of the series of 5 stands for Seiso, which can be translated as ‘cleaning’ or for the sake of verbs starting with an S: Shine, Scrub, Sweep, Sanitize and the like. In the introduction post to this series, I summarized 5S as a philosophy, approach or methodology to provide simple, effective rules … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiso or Sweep, Shine, scrub

Gemba walk: go for the why, not the who (don’t look for someone to blame)

Gemba walks got increasingly popular over time but so went the misunderstanding of its purpose. One of the worst misuse of the Gemba walk is going to spot deviations and wastes, and then instead of trying to understand the causes which led to those deviations or wastes (the why), managers go for someone to blame … Continue reading Gemba walk: go for the why, not the who (don’t look for someone to blame)

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiton or Setting in order

The 5S philosophy is a way of thinking focusing on organizing workplace in order to simplify the work environment and strive to reduce wastes while improving quality and safety. 5S' second S stands for Seiton. Seiton is usually translated into “systematic arrangement” or “set in order” and summarized in the saying "a place for everything … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiton or Setting in order

How much non-added value can 3D printing add?

3D printing is no doubt hype. No day without another breakthrough announced or stunning news about materials, or extraordinary achievements with the help of this new technology. I am convinced 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing at large will completely change manufacturing and consumer experience in near future, and posted several blogs about it. One of … Continue reading How much non-added value can 3D printing add?

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiri or Sorting

The first S stands for Seiri or Sorting, which means keep only the necessary items within work area, and dispose or keep in a distant storage area the less frequently used items. Unneeded items may be returned to for sharing with others, e.g. tools no longer required or even discarded. Eliminate old broken tools, obsolete … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Seiri or Sorting

The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Introduction

5S are as well an approach, philosophy and methodology to better workplace organization, foundations for efficient and safe work, as well as insuring quality and continuous improvement. In a nutshell, 5S provide simple, effective rules for tidiness, maintaining workplace in good, safe condition and fostering a continuous improvement of the standards, rules and discipline in … Continue reading The Quick Beginner’s Guide to 5S – Introduction

Six differences that distinguish cost cuttings from cost reductions

1. Arbitrary vs. Rational Cost cutting is an arbitrary decision to suspend some expenses or drastically reduce budgets. It comes quick and unexpected. The often arbitrary, brutal and sudden non-negotiable stop of expenses deserves the name 'cut'. Cost reduction is a rational decision to drive some costs down, usually through a structured and timely phased program. 2. … Continue reading Six differences that distinguish cost cuttings from cost reductions

March 2015 review of February

February is the shortest month of the year. It’s a poor excuse for my few February postings I know, but lack of time is nevertheless the primary cause of this historical low number of posts on my blog. Not that February wasn’t rich of experiences and inspiration, but turn ideas into written lines requires some … Continue reading March 2015 review of February