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A critical look at "Industry 4.0" | AllAboutLean.com

A critical look at "Industry 4.0" | AllAboutLean.com | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

 [...] I cannot help but have a déjà vu. Manufacturing is difficult. There is a near-endless stream of problems and issues that need to be solved for a shop floor to function. [...] It’s no wonder that technology that promises all problems will go away sells well. The idea that computers will solve the problems for you already helped to sell NC machines, robots, and ERP programs. Unfortunately, it did not solve the problems.  [...] Despite all their fancy names and buzzwords, I strongly believe that for a long time to come humans are crucial to solving shop floor problems. The help of computers will increase, but it will be not revolutionary.

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TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma
The combination of Lean, Six Sigma and Theory Of Constraints. How to build your own system by choosing what works for you.
Curated by Philip Marris
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Theory of Constraints and Lean 2018-2019 training programme by Marris Consulting

Theory of Constraints and Lean 2018-2019 training programme by Marris Consulting | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
Over 1 200 people have been trained by Marris Consulting in the past 6 years including: Aerosud, ArcelorMittal, Areva, Arkema, Ariane Group, Autoliv, Bayer, Bosch, Embraer, Essilor, Danfoss, Fresenius Vial, GSK, Infineon, Ipsen, Jaeger LeCoultre, Lilly, Merial, Novartis, Pierre Fabre, Procter & Gamble, Pyrex, Nexter, Safran, Saint-Gobain, Salzgitter-Mannesmann, Schlumberger, Seb, Siemens, SKF, Thales, Veolia, Visteon, Yves Rocher & Zodiac Aerospace.


Our training sessions are also available as internal in-house training sessions. These sessions can be organized in our premises at the Montparnasse Tower or in your company premises anywhere in the world. You can contact us for rates and conditions regarding internal training sessions and we will get back to you with different options.


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Toyota and long term thinking Thinking by Richard Cushing | RKL eSolutions

Toyota and long term thinking Thinking by Richard Cushing | RKL eSolutions | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
For most of the time since the late-1980s, the market capitalization for Toyota roughly equaled, or exceeded, the sum of the “Big Three” in Detroit. Although wishful thinkers today attribute much of Toyota’s present profitability to currency manipulation of the Japanese yen, in the 1990s, with a depressed yen and an exploding U.S. stock market, …

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Taiichi Ohno talks about TPS and his meeting with Dr. Eli Goldratt and commenting on TOC | Utah Ops conference 2018

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Great Utah Ops conference by Goldratt Consulting. The highlight for me so far is this rare video of Taiichi Ohno talking about his meeting with Dr. Eli Goldratt - presented by Toyota Advisor, Mr. Nampachi Hayashi.

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W. Edwards Deming Institute

W. Edwards Deming Institute | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

At The Deming Institute, we honor the legacy of Dr. Deming by bringing his teachings to life today and for the future. We’re introducing his teachings to a younger generation, developing new Deming leaders and ensuring the transition of knowledge from Dr. Deming’s trusted colleagues.

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Cost of Focus | FlowChainSensei / Bob Marshall post

Cost of Focus | FlowChainSensei / Bob Marshall post | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Cost of Focus...Or, more specifically, the cost of suboptimal focus – the cost of focusing on some (less relevant) needs of some Folks That Matter to the detriment or neglect of other (more relevant, valuable) needs of other Folks That Matter. If we commit our (always limited) resources ineffectively, our returns (we might call this ROI) will likewise fall short of what would be possible if we committed our resources effectively, or optimally.

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"The Phoenix Project" book review by Jan van den Berg

"The Phoenix Project" book review by Jan van den Berg | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

[...] Actually the book could be seen as a modern day version of The Goal by Dr. Goldratt — a book that handles the Theory of Constraints — which I had of course heard of, but never read. The writers of The Phoenix Project make no secret of their admiration for Goldratts’ theory. But DevOps is of course a thing of its own. [...]

When a co-worker handed me a copy of The Phoenix Project, the 8-bit art on the cover looked fun. But the tagline — ‘A Novel About IT, DevOps and Helping your Business Win’ — sounded a bit like the usual buzzword management lingo. But I was clearly wrong, I loved this book!

It is unlike anything I’ve read before and it really spoke to me because the situations were so incredibly recognizable. The book tells a fictionalized story where the main character, Bill, gets promoted — more or less against his will — to VP IT Operations and subsequently inherits a bit of a mess. Things keeps breaking and escalating, ...

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NAVAIR (U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command) - post about using TLS (TOC + Lean + Six Sigma)

NAVAIR (U.S. Navy Naval Air Systems Command) - post about using TLS (TOC + Lean + Six Sigma) | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

... “We used all three methodologies—Lean, Theory of Constraints and Six Sigma and all of our resources to impact, on a program level, the way that MALS-31 repairs gun systems,” ...

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"Toyota the Disrupter" [good] article by Jim Morgan | Lean.org

"Toyota the Disrupter" [good] article by Jim Morgan | Lean.org | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Toyota is likely not the first company you think of when you think of breakthrough innovation and industry disruption. In fact, Toyota is far more likely to be thought of as a conservative, efficient, even boring manufacturing company. [...] The company takes a quieter, more cadenced, and far more humble approach to designing the future. Toyota believes in under promising and over delivering. And deliver they do. [...] Toyota and Lexus topped Consumer Reports for quality the last four years and have led JD Power and other quality research firm surveys for many more. I could go on, but I think most would agree that Toyota is a formidable competitor and arguably the best carmaker on the planet. Despite fairly broad recognition of Toyota’s success, very few people recognize how its willingness to challenge the status quo through breakthrough product and process design has fueled Toyota’s growth and success. In fact, I believe that over the past 40 years, Toyota, more than any other car company, has driven dramatic and fundamental change in the auto industry through the introduction of disruptive processes and breakthrough products. ...

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TLS expert Bob Sproull >180 blog posts since 2014 [Recommended] | Manufacturing Breakthrough

TLS expert Bob Sproull >180 blog posts since 2014 [Recommended] | Manufacturing Breakthrough | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

I had a request from one of my LinkedIn followers who asked me for a link to all of my blog posts that I have posted for ECi M1. The link to all 180 posts going back to 2014 is here.

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Lean Accounting & Management Summit - 20-21 Sept. 2018 | Georgia, USA

Lean Accounting & Management Summit - 20-21 Sept. 2018 | Georgia, USA | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

The Lean Accounting Summit has long served the accounting community by exploring accounting’s role in measuring and motivating the lean enterprise. The goal of this Summit has been to better align Accounting with Operations inside of an organization. We’ve taken this one step further by intentionally bringing in a mix of Management-related topics that are outside of accounting directly, but closely connected to accounting.

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Jeff Liker Toyota Way Interview | The LeadershipNetwork.com

Jeff Liker Toyota Way Interview | The LeadershipNetwork.com | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

You have authored or co-authored over 85 articles and book chapters and 15 books on Lean and The Toyota Way. What motivated you to devote your career to understanding the Toyota Way and Lean?

As a new Assistant Professor at University of Michigan I was involved in a project in 1982 comparing the US and Japan auto industries and at the time I thought all Japanese auto-companies were the same. They were so much better in quality, in lead time, in launching products on time, in overall operational excellence than any of the American automakers.

As I spent more time interviewing and studying these companies in Japan I realized that Toyota stood out more than the rest, and the more I learned the more impressed I was with Toyota. ...

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Where do I start my Lean Journey? - 3 min. animation with Jim Womack

Where do I start my Lean Journey? - 3 min. animation with Jim Womack | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Where do I start? Is our latest animation. We sat down with Jim Womack and asked him that very question, recorded his answer and created an education (and free) animation for you.

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Lean Retrospective by Bob Emiliani

Lean Retrospective by Bob Emiliani | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

After nearly 25 years of study, practice, and teaching the Toyota production system and Lean management, it is time for a quick look back.

Over the years I have found that many people are confused by my work because I am neither a pure Lean promoter nor a pure Lean critic. [...] this comprehensive work needed to be done because without it our understanding of progressive management (both TPS and Lean, and Scientific Management before them) would be incomplete. [...] I have thoroughly enjoyed my hands-on practice of TPS/Lean and sharing my knowledge and personal learning through writing books, blog posts, academic papers, teaching degree-seeking students, and executive training. [...] My TPS teachers, Shingijutsu consultants, provided my initial (and perpetual) inspiration, followed by the work of Womack and Jones, Ohno and other Toyota leaders, the Toyoda family, Monden, Fujimoto, Byrne, Kaplan, Taylor, the Gilbreths, Cooke, Gantt, and numerous other progressive management practitioners and authors. [...] Over the last 25 years, my research has focused on the most important questions. The period 1994-2011 focused on these three questions: ...

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An interesting collection of Lean Books proposed by Enna.com

An interesting collection of Lean Books proposed by Enna.com | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
Expand your knowledge of Lean leadership, kaizen, and more
Philip Marris's insight:

Enna is a "Lean" Consulting firm that among other things organizes Japan Tour Guides and sells "Lean Products". It is located in Washington state, USA.

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Four Types of Problems (new "Lean") book by Art Smiley

Four Types of Problems (new "Lean") book by Art Smiley | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Art Smalley is a renowned expert specializing in leadership, problem solving, and operational improvement.

 

  • Troubleshooting: A reactive process of rapidly fixing abnormal conditions by returning things to immediately known standards.
  • Gap-from-standard: A structured problem-solving process that aims more at the root cause [...]
  • Target-state: Continuous improvement (kaizen) that goes beyond existing levels of performance to achieve new and better standards or conditions.
  • Open-ended and Innovation: Unrestricted pursuit through creativity and synthesis of a vision or ideal condition that entail radical improvements and [...]

 

 

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Theory of Constraints crash course - Marris Consulting

Theory of Constraints crash course - Marris Consulting | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
A video to understand the very basic concepts of Theory of Constraints.

Philip Marris delivered a "crash course on Theory of Constraints" in manufacturing at the opening of the Critical Chain Project Management Training Course, May 2017. The manufacturing analogy makes it easier for beginners to grasp the notions of bottleneck, buffer protection, Throughput... before transposing it to Project Management

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My Biggest Lean F**k-Up. Ever. – Post by Emiel van Est | LeanManagement.nl

My Biggest Lean F**k-Up. Ever. – Post by Emiel van Est | LeanManagement.nl | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

[…] Pinpointing the beginning of my Lean journey seems arbitrary but a chain of events through 1997, 1998 stands out. […] So I started querying my clients. What is your challenge? What do you want to improve? […] What does good look like […] What is the higher purpose? Many of my clients have extensive Lean programs  […] but asking the questions above did, in many cases, not result in clear answers. Many people are “improving” without a clear, and shared, picture of what good looks like. For me it is no wonder they struggle…  […] Why do you learn about Lean but don’t you want to follow Toyota’s example? […] My assumption has always been that organisations investing in Lean want to follow Toyota’s example and achieve similar success in their business. I was wrong. […] They want less problems. Wanting less problems will never bring you continuous improvement. For improvement to be continuous you will need a constant stream of problems to work on. That is why the keyword Challenge in The Toyota Way 2001 is so important. Challenge is not so much about “problem solving” but way more about “problem creation”. […] create a deliberate gap between what they want and what they currently can do. That gap is the lean definition of a… problem. […] Is my assumption about the purpose of Lean wrong? Is Lean not about becoming as successful in your business as Toyota is in theirs? …

Philip Marris's insight:

I fully agree with this article. There is a lack of ambition and audacity in many organisations especially in the old, used to be rich, ex-First World (cf. Third World).

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How FLSmidth’s supply chain setup enhances customer productivity [using TLS] | Supply Chain Digital Magazine

How FLSmidth’s supply chain setup enhances customer productivity [using TLS] | Supply Chain Digital Magazine | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

[...] That programme is a tailor-made program for FLSmidth, where I have taken the best from the Lean world, the Six Sigma world, and then I added that into a theory of constraints philosophy,” ...

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TLS: Good TOC + Good Lean + Good Six Sigma by Philip Marris | TOCICO conference 12 min. extract

TLS: Good TOC + Good Lean + Good Six Sigma by Philip Marris | TOCICO conference 12 min. extract | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
A conference by Philip Marris at the Annual TOCICO conference 2013 in Frankfurt about TLS = Open TOC + Good Lean + Good Six Sigma.
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"Stop Decorating the Fish" book by Yishai Ashlag and Kristen Cox [Recommended]

"Stop Decorating the Fish" book by Yishai Ashlag and Kristen Cox [Recommended] | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
Kristen Cox
Philip Marris's insight:

I think this extract of co-author Kristen Cox's LinkedIn bio will give you a good idea of the mindset and background to this book:

"So many processes in society are broken and we need to stop being okay with that fact.

As a veteran public servant and Theory of Constraints (TOC) expert, I have seen enough to know that when faced with problems, people often overlook the core issue and go with overcomplicated, ineffective solutions. [...] In my current role as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget for the state of Utah, I lead an amazing team that utilizes TOC on a daily basis to improve the operational performance of Utah’s governmental structure. [...] I led the effort for Utah to achieve a 27 percent measurable improvement across all government agencies, which resulted in significantly better outcomes for customers and taxpayers. I believe any and every organization will see similar results when they apply these principles correctly.

I recently teamed up with fellow TOC consultant Yishai Ashlag to write “Stop Decorating the Fish.” Written as a business fable, the fictional story illustrates the ineffective problem-solving strategies often utilized by government agencies and business leaders across the globe. ...

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Philip Marris's curator insight, September 6, 12:59 PM

I think this extract of co-author Kristen Cox's LinkedIn bio will give you a good idea of the mindset and background to this book:

"So many processes in society are broken and we need to stop being okay with that fact.

As a veteran public servant and Theory of Constraints (TOC) expert, I have seen enough to know that when faced with problems, people often overlook the core issue and go with overcomplicated, ineffective solutions. [...] In my current role as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Management and Budget for the state of Utah, I lead an amazing team that utilizes TOC on a daily basis to improve the operational performance of Utah’s governmental structure. [...] I led the effort for Utah to achieve a 27 percent measurable improvement across all government agencies, which resulted in significantly better outcomes for customers and taxpayers. I believe any and every organization will see similar results when they apply these principles correctly.

I recently teamed up with fellow TOC consultant Yishai Ashlag to write “Stop Decorating the Fish.” Written as a business fable, the fictional story illustrates the ineffective problem-solving strategies often utilized by government agencies and business leaders across the globe. ...

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Management Dynamics: Merging Constraints Accounting to Drive Improvement by John A. Caspari and Pamela Caspari

Management Dynamics: Merging Constraints Accounting to Drive Improvement by John A. Caspari and Pamela Caspari | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Here's an in-depth, step-by-step analysis defining the critical ingredients essential to achieving ongoing improvement and a robust bottom line!

Focusing on practical, dynamic solutions for weaknesses in the interdependent parts of an organization, Management Dynamics provides a comprehensive introduction to the Theory of Constraints (TOC) in profit-oriented organizations, complete with the crucial but oft-missing pieces of the constraint theory–a fully integrated and supporting accounting system and the dynamic motivator to drive ongoing improvement in the bottom line.

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Philip Marris's curator insight, August 29, 1:35 AM

I [Philip Marris] am not sure what this is (I have not read it yet). But even if it is just a reprint of the initial 2004 book then it is well worth purchasing it since it is considered one of the best reference books on the subject of TOC Throughput Accounting.

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Lean Product Development Exchange (LPPDE) North Americaa anual conference 1-4 Oct. 2018 - Ohio, USA

Lean Product Development Exchange (LPPDE) North Americaa anual conference 1-4 Oct. 2018 - Ohio, USA | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Conference on Lean Product Development (also called lean innovation or continuous improvement in R&D) that is focused on exchange: learn from experts and practitioners and gain hands on experience in mini workshops and one day workshops.

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Aerosud - A very good example of excellence by blending in TOC, TQM, Lean, QRQC, LTP, etc. | TOCPA Paris 2018

During the 38th TOCPA Conference in Paris, France (March 2018), Johan Steyn, Managing Director of Aerosud Aviation (South Africa) delivered his presentation "Applying ToC methodology to move from parts manufacturing to Providing Integrated Solutions". It describes the journey of the company to a real transformation with Theory of Constraints, the Logical Thinking Process, Lean, TQM and many other ideas.

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Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick | Chris Hohmann

Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick | Chris Hohmann | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it
In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven't been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quick: Digitizing wasteful activities is…
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The BOM Rap – Bill Of Materials article by Michel Baudin

The BOM Rap – Bill Of Materials article by Michel Baudin | TLS - TOC, Lean & Six Sigma | Scoop.it

Why bother with a yawn-inducing topic like bills of materials (BOMs)? Bring it up with manufacturing professionals and their eyes glaze over instantly. And the Lean literature is mute on the subject. I even asked Michael Ballé for his input on the subject and he responded that he had none to offer.

Yet everyone involved with assembly agrees that BOMs are at the core of their activity, that BOMs have chronic accuracy issues, that the workarounds to these inaccuracies impair the companies’ ability to update and customize products, and that BOM maintenance hogs resources. Perhaps it’s worth giving the subject some thought and having a conversation about it.

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