about Operational Excellence

“If you have speed with intelligence, you have an unbeatable combination. Speed with a lack of intelligence will get you in trouble.  I’d rather have a slow guy going in the wrong direction than a fast guy going in the wrong direction.  At least the slow guy won’t be as far out of position as the fast guy.” -Lou Holtz

Many process improvement programs, especially Lean Six Sigma efforts, have not done a very good job of balancing speed and intelligence.  Why?

Read Bill's Blog, "Agile Lean Six Sigma:  Faster, Better, Cheaper"



Personal Kanban Boards

Jim Benson, author of Personal Kanban:  Mapping Work - Navigating Life , shares some good points about the six most common mistakes that he's observed.

Read LEI's The Lean Post "Six Personal Kanban Habits to Avoid"

Leaders Ask the Right Questions

Asking a few simple questions, rather than jumping to conclusions and solutions, will raise your team's collective ability to think critically and become more strategic.

Read HBR's "Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions"

Design to Retail Display: 25 Days

Inditex SA, the world's biggest fashion retailer by sales, credits its success to maintaining nearby suppliers and streamlining design and logistics processes.

Read "Fast Fashion:  How a Zara Coat Went from Design to Fifth Avenue in 25 Days"

Under Armour offers another example of drastically improving speed-to-market with its "local for local" manufacturing initiative.  A recently opened design and product development hub in Baltimore slashed the time to create garments from 18-20 months to just three months.

Read "Under Armour Debuts 'Made in the U.S.' gear -and Tests What We Think We Know About Manufacturing in America"


Master Black Belt Classes

Our MBB Training & Certification Program provides an advanced curriculum established in partnership with The Ohio State University's Center for Operational Excellence.

Training consists of two weeks of classroom instruction taught by seasoned f aculty members from Ohio State's Fisher College of Business and MoreSteam.

Advanced Lean & Finance Class

  • February 27 - March 3, 2017
  • September 18-22, 2017

Advanced Statistics & Leadership Class

  • April 24-28, 2017
  • October 30 - November 3, 2017

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Manufacturing Matters! 2017

Milwaukee, WI (February 23)

ASQ Lean and Six Sigma Conference

Phoenix, AZ (February 27-28)

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