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An often overlooked and underutilized lean tool is the value stream map (VSM). In simple terms, the VSM provides a “30,000-foot view” of the flow of goods from supplier to customer through your organization. The primary purpose…Read More
Mike Rother (lean guru and author) defines Toyota Kata as “a skill-building process to shift our mindset and habits from a natural tendency to jump to conclusions, to a tendency to think and act more scientifically”. This…Read More
The “Quality Core Tools” are considered a standard throughout the automotive industry but the tools are not just for automotive companies. The five tools that are used throughout a product’s lifecycle, from development to…Read More
Written by Tim Waldo and originally posted on his LinkedIn Blog Watching players on a basketball team jumping into the air doesn’t sound all that amazing nor the least bit inspiring. After all, that’s sort of what they do.…Read More
Waymon Scroggs looks at his job as “more of a craft, than it is a vocation.” Scroggs is plant manager of White Oak Stave, LLC., a sawmill business in Medon, Tenn. that has operated since 1962. In 2004, it was bought by…Read More
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