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New Years Resolution

As we come into 2014, the Enterprise Excellence Group is wanting to, while continuing to deliver value to its existing members, begin to add value for those that share our interest for continuing improvement but who, perhaps, do not make a physical product.

One thing that we are going to try (again) is re-starting and regularly contributing to a BLOG that is interesting and relevant to EEG members. One of our founding members believes that he would like to give blogging a try, so why not? We lovingly refer to this guy as the Godfather of Manufacturing in Oklahoma City, and if you ever meet him you will begin to understand why, not only because of his Italian heritage, but because he understands manufacturing leadership better than most people out there. So I hope that you enjoy his writings, and I hope that I can get others get into the game after awhile. The hope is not for us to write perfectly about Lean, but to encourage people to really think about Lean and to share with others what they are learning because when they do, we all grow.

Over the next couple of years you are going to see additional effort made towards presenting material that is pertinent and stimulating to companies outside of manufacturing. As we progress, please let us know how we are doing, and if you have ideas, please let us know. This group is in place to support our members, because when you do well, the Oklahoma economy does well.

Without further ado, let’s get on with it!

Lean Leadership – by Darin Craig

For my first blog posting, I want to take up the single most important element of Lean and Operational Excellence…Leadership. Everything starts with leadership, and any potential transformation can quickly end without it.

For a successful transformation, the leadership team must me completely on board and capable of either driving the implementation themselves, or appointing a Lean Practitioner with the authority and responsibility to implement the change. Not all leaders are themselves Lean Practitioners…and that’s OK.

What’s important though, is that we have a strong passion for Enterprise Excellence. We must be more that just willing to commit to a change…a change in the very nature of how we run our businesses…we must also motivate others to commit to the change, as well.

Change is never easy. If it were, it would have already happened. But with the right vision and the right commitment, we can help our companies realize that Enterprise Excellence is more than just a group…it’s a business philosophy that, while not easy, is necessary to be successful in today’s marketplace.

Standard Work – by Neil Ferguson

I recently attended the Association for Manufacturing Excellence annual conference in Dallas, TX.  All throughout the conference the concept of standard work kept coming up, particularly as it relates to leaders.  As someone with several years of lean experience, I could give you a pretty good definition of standard work but admittedly I haven’t put it into practice as much as I should.  I felt a bit guilty about, but soon realized I wasn’t alone.

While researching the topic on Jim Womack’s Lean Enterprise Institute website, the following sentence caught my attention: “Standardized work is one of the most powerful, but least used lean tools.”  I left the conference with standard work being one of my key takeaways.  I encourage you to look for ways to implement this not just in your organization but in your personal workflow as well.  Good luck!