By Kevin Meyer
I just learned that Dave Hogg, one of my oldest friends and mentors in the lean world, has received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his work in promoting lean manufacturing. A remarkable, and well-deserved, achievement for a remarkable person.
I first met Dave in the mid-90s when I was struggling with trying to figure out how to turn around a large medical device manufacturing facility and I discovered The Association for Manufacturing Excellence – and lean. Through AME I almost immediately met Dave, and over the years he has instilled in me a passion for the human side of lean – the power of the oft-forgotten respect for people pillar. I've asked him to help train some of the organizations I've been fortunate enough to lead, and has always been available to offer advice. Dave is the person that encouraged me to start sharing my own lean experiences and knowledge, first through Superfactory and then through Lean CEO, Evolving Excellence, and more.
Dave Hogg is well known for the lean consortium model he created and implemented at the High Performance Manufacturing Consortium, which in 1998 was described by MIT's Sloan Management Review as a "leveraged learning network." This model spawned dozens of other successful consortia in Canada and throughout the rest of the world. In 2011 he was inducted into AME's Hall of Fame.