15
Apr

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What I Learned About Lean Six Sigma

Author: Pat Boutier
Pat Boutier retired from TMAC after 16 years on April 1, 2021. He specialized in applying Lean and won the Shingo Prize for co-authoring the book “The Seven Kata: Toyota, Kata, TWI, and Lean Training” in 2013. Pat is known for his focus on the customer, and for his ‘outside the box’ thinking when discussing possible solutions to complex problems.
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29
Mar

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Measure What Matters!

Author: Mike Boyte
Over the course of many years of interactions with organizations in a wide range of industries, as an employee, visitor, or consultant, I always find myself looking for posted performance measures (charts, graphs, etc.). The existence of measures is as big a variable as the type used and the quantity found. In some cases, there might be a chart here and there or a count, such as “Days Without Accidents.” In other cases, there may be nothing at all, and every now and then there will be walls full of measures.
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22
Feb

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Lean Six Sigma is for Everyone

Author: Rebecca Holmes
Imagine you are getting on a roller coaster. You buckle your seatbelt in the car and the gears turn and start slowly moving you up a steep incline. Your adrenaline starts to build in your stomach and your heart starts racing. You are excited and terrified at the same time. You know what is coming, but are you prepared? As you climb higher and higher, the car slowly tips over the edge and stops. For a moment, you are suspended high above the world, looking down, and waiting with anticipation for the excitement to come.
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26
Jan

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LSS Lessons from Vaccine Research

Author: Russ Aikman
As we start the new year the global pandemic continues to claim lives at a terrible pace, with over 400,000 lost to COVID-19 in the US alone as of this writing. The good news: Multiple vaccines have been approved for use, and vaccinations began starting in December. One of those vaccines was jointly developed by Pfizer and BioNtech. Known as BNT162b2, this vaccine was used in a Phase 3 study with a reported efficacy of 95% against COVID-19.
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14
Dec

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Year in Review

Author: Russ Aikman
By tradition, we have reserved our December blog for a look back at the past year. And what a year 2020 has been, unlike any in my experience. From natural disasters – including record-setting hurricanes, storms, and wildfires – to civil unrest to a tough election season. Most challenging has been the impact of the pandemic, starting in March and ongoing to this day.
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21
Oct

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Celebrating American Manufacturing

Author: Russ Aikman
While many parts of the U.S. are struggling due to the pandemic, the manufacturing sector has remained steadfast. Firms have adapted to the ‘new normal’ by expanding their existing safety programs to encompass best practices to limit risk. The use of masks, social distancing, checking employee temperatures and other methods have become commonplace.
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