Each month new articles, book reviews, and other content are added to the Superfactory website. The new content is featured in the 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 April includes:
When was the last time you remember thinking “I was wrong about
this”? Yesterday? Last week? Never? Let’s conduct a short thought
experiment: force yourself to think of an instance, any instance, where
you were clearly wrong. How does it feel? Are you already lining up the
mitigating circumstances (anyone would have done the same in this
situation / that’s who I am)? Or the upsides (in the end, it’s a good
thing that I was wrong because I’ve learned / cleared the air/ made
things move, etc.)? If you are, don’t worry: this is perfectly normal
and a sign of sanity. Only the clinically depressed are truly honest
Our brain does many very useful things for us and, among the
many services it provides, it works full time at protecting our egos.
We don’t make mistakes. When we do, we didn’t really (“mistakes were
made” as politicians are wont to phrase it). And in, any case, these
so-called mistakes were, in fact both unavoidable and lead to some
silver lining. This hard-wired response expresses itself in how our
internal dialogue frames awkward situations and, by and large, it pulls
us through the day. Indeed there is evidence that people with the fewer
doubts are overall happier (though not necessarily their close
associates). It has only one drawback – it slows learning and
Liquid industries, including reactive chemical factories, petroleum and
metal refining, food and bio-pharma production are ones that could make
great use of the concepts of Lean. However, Lean manufacturing is not
widely used in these industries, largely because they are naturally
conservative and thanks to the times, more financially stable than
most, so great case stories of successful Lean implementation are rare.
This book will be the first to offer details and examples of adapting
Lean manufacturing to liquid industries.
Our partner Gemba Academy is just released a new 12 video module course titled Lean Lingo Explained, where Brad Pitt takes viewers through an analysis of the roots of lean terminology. Brad even deconstructs some of the original Japanese characters. Learn more here.
We continually update the other major sections of the website, including:
- PowerPoint Presentations: Over 115 downloadable PowerPoint presentations on lean manufacturing, lean leadership, lean industries, quality, lean enterprise, and safety concepts. Special promotion: purchase a Package or Bundle of presentations and receive the Gemba Academy Lean Starter Package DVD ($97 value) at no cost.
- Factory Toolbox: Almost 300 downloadable forms, procedure templates, assessments, and tools to help you not reinvent the wheel.
- Events Calendar: a listing of lean excellence seminars, workshops, training, and conferences worldwide
- Topic Information: Summaries and resources on over 40 enterprise excellence topics.
- Virtual Factory Tours: Web and streaming video tours of over 100 factories.
For all you LinkedIn junkies, we have created a LinkedIn group for Superfactory, which now has over 3,500 members. Join the group to network with other Superfactory enthusiasts and to show our logo on your profile. If you haven't explored LinkedIn, check it out to see why over 17 million professionals use it for networking.
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.