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?”

LEAN Website

By: Ken Snyder

A little over a year ago, at the invitation of Professor Eric Olsen of Cal Poly, the Shingo Institute became re-engaged in the Lean Education Academic Network, or LEAN. This is a group of teachers, researchers and other academics from around the world who are involved in Lean curriculum design and research. LEAN was originally formed in the 1990s and was fairly active until a few years ago. The Shingo Institute was heavily involved in this group for a while, but then pulled out. As mentioned, a little over a year ago, Eric got a group of us got together for the purpose of re-invigorating LEAN.

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A First for Russia

By: Ken Snyder

I am pleased to announce that the Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, Naro Fominsk Ends facility will receive the Shingo Prize at our annual conference in April. This is the first organization located in Russia to receive a Shingo Prize, or any Shingo-related recognition. The Naro Fominsk Ends facility is located about 70 km southwest of Moscow and manufactures beverage cans for use in the Russian marketplace. This facility, originally part of Rexam PLC until Ball’s acquisition in 2016, is now part of the Ball Beverage Packaging Europe region and one of four end manufacturing plants in Europe.

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A Purposeful Insight from INSIGHT™

By: Ken Snyder

In recent blogs I have shared information about the research track we now have at our European and Annual conferences. Our first research track was in Copenhagen a few months ago. It is our intent to shed light on the improvement process so that we can improve the improvement process.

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Shingo in Juran’s Quality Handbook

By: Ken Snyder

In 1980, I graduated from my MBA program and accepted a position with a small, high-tech, Japanese-owned, electronics company. I spent the next few years learning how to make really complicated products. In December of 1980, I purchased several books to facilitate the learning process. One of these books was the quality reference book, Juran’s Quality Handbook. I was told by my Japanese colleagues that this was THE book on quality that we all need to understand. It was my source for learning SQC, TQC, and other quality control tools and systems.

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An Inflection Point

By: Ken Snyder

A few months ago, I had the chance to visit two companies that the Shingo Institute uses as “benchmark” companies. Both of these companies started their Lean journey about 20 years ago. Both companies received the Shingo Prize about 10 years ago. And both companies have continued their journey seeking perfection since receiving the Shingo Prize. We hope all Shingo Prize recipients follow their example in continuing their own journeys. Continue reading “An Inflection Point”