British Shipyards did not learn the process improvement techniques of Shigeo Shingo.

Apart from Shigeo Shingo’s obvious success with the Toyota Production System, one other notable achievement was creating a production system in ship building at Mitsubishi Shipbuilding in Japan from 1950 to 1953 that reduced ship production time by 50%.  Why did British Shipyards not follow these same techniques for improvement ? As a result the British Ship building industry was essentially beaten into submission by the 1980’s and most British Shipyards were closed.   Were…

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Health Care IT using Six Sigma as basis for improvement….not software

Orlando, Florida : Health IT Conference, Feb 19 – Feb 23, 2017 “You have to take a hard honest look at what you are doing today. Six Sigma is good at that,” said Chuck Spurr the CIO at Shields Health Care Group, speaking on the opening day ofthe Health IT Conference in Orlando, Florida http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/secret-shields-success-six-sigma “First we were throwing software at the problem, but that’s a problem with IT. We build to the specs we…

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Respect for the Human Worker in the new Lean world of Robotic Process Automation ( RPA )

The new technology of ‘Robotic Process Automation’ ( RPA )  has the potential for huge cost savings for companies however NOT by replacing workers with computers or robots. Instead RPA allows repetitive or logic based process decisions to be done by computer programs ( Robots) rather than humans and thus eliminating the following wastes: 1.  Eliminates the Waste of waiting for a decision from a human. Robots work 24/7 365 days and never take breaks. …

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Toyota continues tradition of a ‘No-Layoff’ policy for its full-time workers. Respect for Workers.

Top 5 reasons why the Toyota management model ( also called ‘The Toyota Way’ ) is so good @lean6st Toyota enjoys a market value that’s twice the combined market value of its next five competitors—with only one-sixth as many employees Toyota as never laid off any full-time salaried employees due to economic downturns in its entire corporate history ( it has however laid-off part-time or hourly workers ). Toyota has learned to treat employees/unions and…

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