Author Leads Sessions on Lean Problem Solving for Manufacturing

  • May 05, 2017 |

    (Cambridge, NY April 26, 2017) Bill Ruggles, co-author of two T&F books -- Effective Portfolio Management Systems (2016) and Project Management for Performance Improvement Teams (TBP Late 2017) -- delivered the first of two 4-hour workshops on "Intro to Lean Problem Solving & Continuous Improvement for Manufacturing" on behalf of SUNY Adirondack CC for a group of 10 Supervisors from Morcon, Inc. a paper manufacturer in Upstate New York.

    Modules included a brief Introduction to each of the following topics:

    • The Concepts of Lean, Kaizen, and Lean Manufacturing,
    • The Principles of World Class Manufacturing and Good Manufacturing Practices,
    • Performing a 5S +1 technique,
    • Identifying the 7 Deadly Wastes +1 technique, and
    • Performing a Root Cause Analysis Using the Fishbone Diagram and 5 Why's tools

    Along with brief lectures introducing each of these topics, a total of 6 Gemba Academy video-clips and 3 hands-on exercises were interspersed throughout the 1st session to provide a variety of instructional media that kept the pace moving briskly.

    At the end of the session, the 10 participants were assigned "homework" in the form of applying one or more of the 3 tools/techniques to their real-world processes or work areas in the factory.

    Just before the 2nd session on May 10th, Bill will be performing a "Gemba Walk" on the factory floor to demonstrate another of the Lean Problem Solving and Continuous Improvement techniques: "Genchi Genbutsu":  "go see where the work is actually being done".

    Then, that afternoon, the students will do a "Show & Tell" demonstrating how they applied the assigned tools and techniques to make a difference on-the-job. "Really looking forward to it!" says Bill.

    Hopefully, this "appetizer" training experience will lead them to make a full-fledged commitment to embark on the "Lean Manufacturing Journey" in the not-too-distant future...and to purchase several copies of his upcoming book!

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