Tag Archives: lean

Lean v. Innovation…Wrong Question!

I get the question all the time, especially from organizations who have significant investment in some process improvement program — like a "lean six sigma" or "lean kaizen" initiative - and have picked all the low-hanging fruit clean, squeezed as much inefficiency from their work as is humanly feasible, and are now realizing that their beloved program wasn't all that market-focused.

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Product Thinking

Product costs, without product thinking, drop 2% per year. With product thinking, product costs fall by 50%, and while your competitors’ profit margins drift downward, yours are too high to track by conventional methods. And your company..

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Go Beyond Your Addiction to Incrementalism!

In today’s nano-second, downsized, caffeine-buzzed business world, corporations are increasingly demanding that “their people” redouble their efforts to find new and better ways of getting the job done. If this were the 1950’s, an efficiency expert might be called in, a bespectacled, uncharismatic gentleman with a fascination for predictability, order, and control. His motto? “A place for everything and everything ...

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