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Podcasts

Management Commitment - Podcast

This podcast was produced by McGraw Hill for Lonnie, about his book, "How To Implement Lean Manufacturing". The subject of the podcast is a discussion on management commitment. Listen, we think you will enjoy the podcast; it takes less than four minutes.


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Management Commitment; a podcast in mp3 format.

Implementing Lean Manufacturing - Podcast

Joe Dager of Business901 interviewed Lonnie about his book, “How To Implement Lean Manufacturing” and his consulting practice. The purpose was to cover the topic of “Sustaining the Gains” but the discussion went much farther than that. If you know Lonnie, once he gets engaged in speaking about lean it can get really fun, so Joe ended up publishing two Podcasts.

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The first one is titled "Implementing Lean Manufacturing"
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Sustaining the Gains - Podcast

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and the second one is about "Sustaining the Gains".
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e-Book

Sustaining the Gain - e-Book

Lonnie and Joe Dager converted his "Sustaining the Gains" podcast to a book of the same name. Register below for immediate access to the book.


Presentations

Copies of slides used in Lonnie's presentations.

Industry Week Best Plants Conference

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This is a presentation Lonnie made at the Industry Week Best Plants Conference in Cleveland on the Advanced Continuous Improvement Track. The title of the presentation was, “Are you involved in Continous Improvement or Continuous Catch-up?”. Register below for immediate access to the slides.

iSixSigma Annual Energy Conference, 2009

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This is a presentation Lonnie made at the 2009 iSixSigma Annual Energy Conference in Houston. The title of the presentation was, “Why Has Lean Manufacturing Not Been More Widely Applied in the Continuous Process Industries….especially Oil Refining.” Register below for immediate access to the slides.

iSixSigma Annual Energy Conference, 2010

This is a presentation Lonnie made at the 2010 iSixSigma Annual Energy Conference in Houston. He led a Master Class Workshop attended by Senior Managers in the Energy Field. The title of the Master Class Workshop was: "The Four Indispensable Tools of a Lean Enterprise." As part of the Master Class Workshop, using the slides as a background, Lonnie guided the Managers into the construction of a Survey that they could use to evaluate one of the cultural dimensions studied in the presentation. Register below for immediate access to the slides.

ASQ

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This is a presentation Lonnie made for ASQ and it not only focuses on “What is Lean” but how it has wide applicability in not only the world of discrete parts manufacturing but also the businesses of continuous process industries, service sectors and also charities. Register below for immediate access to the slides.


White Papers

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JIT - Summary

Summary
These three operating principles, integrated, allow us to provide high levels of OTD, with a minimum production lead time while reducing waste and reducing the cost to produce.
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Takt

Summary
Takt is a technique to execute the system of heijunka. It is the concept of supplying the customer at their demand rate, normalized to our available time.
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FLOW – In Lean Systems

Summary
The key element to make the just in time manufacturing system function is to have a process of continuous flow. Since continuous flow is not a practical reality, the lean approach is to keep the product moving as much as is practical and continuously work to improve the lead time. To do this we can attack the 8 obstacles to flow with the “Seven Techniques to Improve Flow”.
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Pull Production Systems

Summary
Pull production is a tactic which is required to make JIT manufacturing possible. It will allow you to attain high levels of customer service while minimizing the waste of inventory. It has proven itself to be a superior system to its counterpart, push production.
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Five Things You Can Do to Lean Your Company

Summary
Five tasks in two days can set lean in motion.
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The Real Power Behind the Toyota Production System

Summary
The powers of the TPS are management’s commitment to and creation of a culture which:
- shows respect for people and
- promotes continuous improvement.
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Respect for People

Summary
Toyota’s concept of respect for people is lost on a lot of us Westerners. Not totally lost of course, but its meaning is significantly diluted. The Toyota concept goes beyond what we typically call respectful behavior. It has at its foundation a faith in the human element and a belief in the abundance around us.
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Continuous Improvement

Summary
The concept of continuous improvement actually lies on a continuum which at is lowest levels is simply catch-up work; it then passes through reactionary improvement activities; and its refinement is known as Toyota Continuous Improvement.
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The Uneasy Dance Between IT and Lean

Summary
There is an uneasy dance going on between Lean practitioners and IT personnel. It is not clear if the Lean folks want or think they need it...
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Management Commitment

Summary
Lack of management commitment is the largest reason cultural changing initiatives fall short of their objectives. We have a way to quantify this important characteristic and...
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TPS - A Culture of Responsibility

Summary
In my book, “How To Implement Lean Manufacturing”, I characterize Toyota as a responsible company. Herein I will detail, specifically, how and why I draw that conclusion. In so doing I hope you will be able to not only see the power of this crucial behavior but also be able to assess the “level of responsibility” of your company and begin the process to elevate it on the responsibility continuum....
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How To Create Precisely What You Do Not Want

Summary
Lonnie was asked to write a feature article for Focus.com and wrote this article about goals and how their very creation, if you are not careful, can be extremely counterproductive. So you get "Precisely what you do not want." This sounds odd...paradoxical...but it is extremely common and may be affecting you as well...
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Lean Articles for iSixSigma Magazine

Summary
The e-Magazine, iSixSigma commissioned Lonnie to write 5 articles on Lean Culture. In this series Lonnie goes through how you can manage your culture and "sustain the gains" by specifically addressing four cultural principles. In question format, they are:
  1. Do you have a clear statement of purpose for the business?
  2. Do you have Lean leadership?
  3. Is your business philosophy based on respect for people?
  4. Do you have a real, functioning continuous improvement process?
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Loyalists, Lurkers and Laggards

Summary
One day, in his not-so-spare time, Lonnie was ruminating on one aspect of implementing lean - how to get the critical mass engaged. He wrote this article which to some is a bit funny, but unfortunately it is all too true. Read it and tell him what you think.
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