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Cut the Noise and Tame the Common Cause (Part Two of Two)
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In my last post, I laid out the difference between special cause and common cause variation. Why is it important to know the difference? Because when you embark on an improvement initiative, variation must be reduced or eliminated. But it’s hard to know where to start, and what actions will make a difference. And inevitably, […]

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Variation in Your Processes—A Game of Chance (Part One of Two)
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As most of you know, variation is a very big deal in manufacturing, because even the smallest change in production processes can have big consequences down the line. Keeping variation low means fewer defects, less waste, higher quality, and lower costs. That’s why manufacturers use statistical process control, charting numbers to see where variation lies […]

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Lean, Leadership & Ethics, Part 1
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By Pascal Dennis (bio) Been reflecting about each of these lately, and how they relate. But what’s Ethics got to do with anything? We’re in a proverbial knowledge economy. The market caps of, say, Google, Facebook and Apple, dwarf that of Toyota. Google, Facebook and Apple have comparatively little in physical capital. ‘All’ they have […]

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The Four Levels of Visual Management, Part 2
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By Pascal Dennis (bio) Last time I talked about making problems visible through the four levels of visual management. I described Levels 1 and 2, which have comparatively low power. Today, our topic is visual management Levels 3 and 4 – the most powerful: Level 3 – Organizes Behavior Home positions for tools & equipment […]

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