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Posts Tagged ‘manufacturing’

The Birth of Lean

The Birth of Lean is an valuable book from the Lean Enterprise Institute. It collects the thoughts of those leading and working with the Toyota Production System in the early days: Taiichi Ohno, Eiji Toyoda, Michikazu Tanaka, Kikuo Suzumura and others. The book doesn’t talk about Dr. Deming directly but provides great thoughts from those […]

Management of USA Apparel Operations is a Huge Barrier to Production in the USA

Randy Harward spoke at the 2013 Deming Institute annual conference about his experience with applying Deming’s management ideas at Patagonia. Low energy costs in the USA are a significant factor driving companies to consider moving apparel production to the USA. Energy costs have decreased in the USA (driven by excess supplies of natural gas driving […]

Do We Need to Find Management Ideas from Our Industry?

Quite often people are concerned that our industry isn’t the same as some example. And often this leads to concerns that we can’t use the ideas. Deming’s management system is not prescriptive. There is not a recipe for how to implement the ideas in your organization. This often frustrates people. But the lack of prescriptive […]

Speech by Dr. Deming to Japanese Business Leaders in 1950

Several speeches are mentioned in the various biographical sketches of Dr. Deming and his impact on Japanese management. In particular a talk he gave at the Mt. Hakone Conference center in 1950 seems to have been important. Attendees included the top industrial managers, representing an esitimated 75% of industrial capital base of Japan at that […]