Lean Manufacturing Concepts Discussion

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gszekely

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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

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I found an intresting article (at least for me), especially page 11:
"Initiating and sustaining employee commitment to improvement"
http://web.mit.edu/jsterman/www/EMJPaper.pdf
"Freeing employees to improve processes is essential but insufficient. Successful improvement
requires the enthusiastic commitment of employees since improvement activity is less structured
and less easily monitored than throughput. Shiba et al. (1993) distinguish between two sources
of commitment for improvement programs: managerial push and employee pull. Managerial push
refers to efforts to promote improvement effort or mandate participation. These actions range
from inspirational speeches about the importance of improvement to mandatory participation in
training and improvement teams to financial incentives and performance review criteria based on
improvement. Employee pull arises when workers come to understand the benefits of
improvement for themselves and commit themselves to improvement effort independent of (and
sometimes despite) management attitudes and support (Schaffer and Thomson, 1992). "
I just like the expression "empoyee pull" and "managerial push".

Some thoughts from here may be useful as well:
http://www.understandinglean.com/PriorToImplementingLean.aspx
Enjoy
BR
György
 
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artichoke

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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

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"....These actions range from inspirational speeches about the importance of improvement to mandatory participation in training and improvement teams to financial incentives and performance review criteria based on
improvement. ..."
Why do people seem so intent on sending quality back to the dark ages ? Most thinking people recognise the nonsense of six sigma http://www.theantisixsigmablog.com/ and I had hoped that Lean was a movement back to some rationality. Statements such as the above show that there is still a great deal to be learned before companies can move forward again.

For those wishing to learn, I suggest reading Deming's "Out of the Crisis". Note particularly his point 10, of his 14 points "Eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the workforce." pages 65 to 77. Note also his discussion of performance criteria, page 98. Page 1 talks about waste reduction.
 
#84
Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

Yep. Imagine how embarrassing dreck like that about Lean is to the original charter members of the Lean Division at ASQ. We started as the Advanced Manufacturing Interest Group and got dragooned into the buzzword "Lean" by some well-meaning, but apparently naive members. Now we have some fools running around shouting slogans and touting kaizen as if it were the Second Coming!
 

harry

Super Moderator
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For a moment, I thought how come that name sounds so familiar!. So, its your website. Welcome and look forward to read more of your post. This is a small world isn't it?
Interesting you should catch that, Harry!

To NicroJ:
Your site could benefit from proofreading. I saw several misspellings as I looked at several pages, including your self-description/personal history.
 
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NicroJ

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Interesting you should catch that, Harry!

To NicroJ:
Your site could benefit from proofreading. I saw several misspellings as I looked at several pages, including your self-description/personal history.
I imagine your right. I will admit I am no expert on proper grammar or spelling. While the points will get across regardless of minor errors I would like to make it perfect. Perhaps soon down the road here I will find someone that can help me with that and proofread and correct my errors.

Currently I don’t have a lot of time on my hands so it makes it difficult to recruit someone to assist me. I guess on the bright side you could say it’s an ordinary site developed by an ordinary person… :D

I can see on the -- About me -- page I incorrectly used sale instead of sell. And, fade instead of fad, real rookie error there... :D

I thank you for the heads up and will "attempt" to do a better job and continually improve my skills... :D
 
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artichoke

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I guess on the bright side you could say it’s an ordinary site developed by an ordinary person… :D
I suspect that quality has suffered greatly in this manner. It's like a game of "Chinese Whispers" where errors accumulate as messages are passed on from "ordinary" web site to "ordinary" web site. For example, I find it extraordinary how many hundreds of web sites have reproduced those idiotic plots of overlapping normal distributions 1.5 sigma apart. Isn't it far better to refer to the great thinkers in quality like Shewhart, Wheeler and Deming ?
 
#89
Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

:topic:How interesting! The game you know as "Chinese whispers" is called "telephone" here in the USA.
 
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artichoke

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Re: Lean Manufacturing - Discussion on Concepts

:topic:How interesting! The game you know as "Chinese whispers" is called "telephone" here in the USA.
:topic: Some may consider "Chinese whispers" to be politically incorrect but my girlfriend is Chinese and that's what she calls it ! :)
 

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