The First Special Issue

By: Ken Snyder

When we hired Dr. Rick Edgeman as the director of research at the Shingo institute, he and I discussed how we could improve the process of improvement. I wrote about how critical it is to engage the research community in this effort in my February 2017 blog, “Improving Improvement.” With Rick’s vast experience in the academic world, he suggested that we create a vehicle for publishing scholarly works – i.e., journal articles – in special issues of key academic journals. The plan is to sponsor one or two special issues each year.

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A First for the Eastern European Union

by Ken Snyder

I am pleased to announce that the Thermo Fisher Scientific facility in Vilnius, Lithuania will receive the Shingo Prize at our annual conference next April in Orlando, Florida. This is the first organization in the central and eastern part of the European Union to receive Shingo recognition.  Continue reading “A First for the Eastern European Union”

Shingo Faculty Fellows

By: Ken Snyder

In order to help the Shingo Institute accomplish its educational mission, the Shingo institute is in need of expanding its resources in the educational field. We decided to create a group of people, known as “Shingo Faculty Fellows,” who will represent the Shingo Institute in educational settings. The Shingo Faculty Fellows will be a resource to help the Shingo Institute meet growing demand.

The Shingo Faculty Fellows are not full-time Shingo employees, but they will serve as ambassadors of the Shingo Institute. We have invited Beau Keyte of The Keyte Group, and Sam MacPherson of the Lean Leadership Academy, to be our inaugural Shingo Faculty Fellows.

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Respect Every Individual: The Huddle

By: Dominic Bria

Most managers who lead daily or weekly huddles understand that they are not the place to reprimand or embarrass team members. That’s a basic part of respecting every individual that anyone familiar with Shingo Guiding Principles should understand. What may be less understood about the role of huddles in respecting every individual is in keeping the huddle  Continue reading “Respect Every Individual: The Huddle”

How can habits change culture?

Dr. Morgan L. Jones, Chris Butterworth and Brenton Harder

Many organizations have launched continuous improvement, business improvement, process excellence or Lean Six Sigma programs with varying success. The typical model is to employ an experienced external executive to engage directly with the senior leadership team, develop a deployment plan, train a small cohort of green or black belts, identify and deliver some immediate wins, build momentum with more low-hanging fruit and hope the top-down Continue reading “How can habits change culture?”

The Shingo Academy

By: Ken Snyder

At our conference a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of inducting Andrew P. (“Drew”) Dillon into the Shingo Academy. Drew translated seven of Shigeo Shingo’s books into English, served as Dr. Shingo’s personal translator and apprentice, and was so influenced by Dr. Shingo’s teachings that he abandoned his position on the faculty at a major university to pursue furthering the work of helping organizations get better by adopting Lean practices.

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