Each month new articles, book reviews, and other content are added to the Superfactory website. The new content is featured in the free monthly e-newsletter which goes out to 50,000 subscribers worldwide, and we will also post a monthly heads-up on this blog.
New content in August includes:
The featured article is from Joel Makower and is titled Supply and Da Man. The following is a brief excerpt, and you can read the entire article here.
How many light bulbs does it take to change a supply chain? In the case of Baxter Healthcare Corp., just three.
When Jenni Cawein, manager of corporate environmental health and safety engineering at the Illinois-based $9.8 billion health-care giant, arrived six years ago, she saw that the company was losing ground on waste. "I asked my boss, ‘Who’s working with purchasing?’ It turned out it was nobody," she says. Cawein set out to build a case for integrating environmental criteria into the company’s procurement process.
The Other Perspectives section has an article by Norman Bodek titled Who Can Shout Louder. The following is a brief excerpt, and you can read the entire article here.
The reason I am involved in this discussion, and I find it fun and challenging, is that I knew Mr. Taiichi Ohno and Dr. Shigeo Shingo. I was the publisher for both of them. I treasure and respect highly the participation of both these great masters and I don’t believe it is it fair to denigrate the memory of either one of them. They are not here to defend themselves. I gather my perspective from knowing both Mr. Ohno and Dr. Shingo and from many of the Toyota managers that worked with them for many years.
The featured book for this month is Hoshin Kanri for the Lean Enterprise by Tom Jackson. A short synopsis is below, and you can learn more about the book or order it here.
At the heart of Lean and Six Sigma is the same, unique business operating system: hoshin kanri. It is a method of strategic planning and a tool for managing complex projects, a quality operating system geared to ensuring that organizations faithfully translate the voice of the customer into new products, and a business operating system that ensures reliable profit growth. The true power of hoshin kanri, however, is two-fold — it is a superior organizational learning method as well as a competitive resource development system. This book explains how you can implement, identify and manage the critical relationships among your markets, design characteristics, production systems, and personnel to satisfy your customers and beat your competition.
We continually update the other major sections of the website, including:
Events Calendar: a listing of lean excellence seminars, workshops, training, and conferences worldwide
Topic Information: Summaries and resources on over 40 enterprise excellence topics.
History of Excellence: A growing timeline of notable events that helped shape current-day enterprise excellence
PowerPoint Presentations: Over 50 downloadable PowerPoint presentations on lean manufacturing, quality, enterprise, and safety concepts.
Factory Toolbox: Almost 300 downloadable forms, procedure templates, assessments, and tools to help you not reinvent the wheel.
Tools and Assessments: Downloadable assessment tools.
Virtual Factory Tours: Web and streaming video tours of over 100 factories.
We are always looking for new articles and other content. Contact us via the Superfactory website if you would like to contribute to our knowledge base.