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Lean Resources

Here you will find a host of information providing insights into operational excellence and innovation suitable for a range of industries and experience levels.

#3 White Paper

Lean Practices Support Innovation

To consistently drive top-line growth, leaders must commit to a disciplined and creative focus on meeting today’s market challenges while strengthening capabilities for future competitive mastery. It’s a matter of keeping the core business running optimally without losing sight of what’s on the horizon—and being prepared for and open to “creative destruction.”

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#7 White Paper

Mastering the Gemba Walk

What’s the center stage of lean management?
The “gemba” is, of course. That’s the “real place” where work is happening, where value is being created. That’s the focal point of improvement, of lean thinking and action.

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Make it Visible…

#22 OE Newsletter

Last month saw another round of graduates from our Lean Manager for Services Certification held on the campus of The Ohio State University. Instructor and Executive Partner of Productivity Inc., Catherine Converset, spent a few minutes with us recently to talk about implementing lean in service and administrative functions.

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#9 White Paper

What’s Missing From Your Lean Initiative?

TPM’s integral role, with 5 takeaways to guide your strategy.
Most business owners and general managers recognize just how critically important proper equipment maintenance is, particularly in an asset-oriented work environment. 

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Lessons from Hackathons

#19 Innovation Newsletter

The term “hacking” usually brings to mind the activities of rogue computer programmers with bad intentions working to breach the security of a network. In that context, a “hackathon” might sound like a race to see who can be best and fastest intruder.

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Our most popular resources

The Improvement Strategy “Trinity”

In a memorable scene from the movie “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” one of the bad guys challenges Indiana Jones to a sword fight. As the challenger brandishes his sword in preparation for battle, Indiana sizes him up for a moment, then just pulls out his gun and shoots him. Duel over.

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Everything in Pork Pie Order

Pork pie and sausage roll maker Pork Farms Bowyers has invested significant resource and time into creating its own tailored shopfloor organization program. Steed Webzell reports.

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Productivity’s Senior Partner, Catherine Converset, to speak at the Iowa Lean Consortium Conference

Just Announced: Productivity’s Senior Partner, Catherine Converset, will speak at the fall 2018 Iowa Lean Consortium Conference.
The event, being held October 23-25 at the Sheraton West Des Moines, will bring together Lean leaders and practitioners eager to share perspectives on how they are using Lean methods to change their culture while striving for operational excellence. Catherine, will deliver a breakout session as well as a workshop, here is a quick summary of her session topics:

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Where Does Improvement Begin and How do you Sustain it?

Standards. We’re all familiar with the fact that adherence to standards is critical to achieving operational excellence, but have we ever really looked at the connection between adherence to standards, deviation from standards, data collection, and sustainment?...

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