Monday Morning Message on Lean – AME Conference Recap – Monday, November 22, 2010

November 22, 2010

I had a great time at the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) Conference last week in Baltimore. I would consider this one of the best lean conventions in the world. It would be hard to deny it when you have over 2,000 attendees and such spectacular key note speakers including Dr. John Toussaint, George Keonigsaecker, and Malcolm Gladwell. Here’s my quick review and highlights.

Hoshin Kanri Workshop

On Monday morning I taught a workshop on Hoshin Kanri (a.k.a. Policy Deployment). I appreciated the different backgrounds of the participants and the various levels of knowledge. I hope each was able to take away something that they would be able to implement when they got back to their organizations. If you would like a Hoshin overview check out my article in ASQ’s Six Sigma Forum magazine “Hoshin Promotion” or check out these items on Hoshin Kanri/Policy Deployment at 5S Supply.

5S Supply’s Partners

One of my favorite things about attending these conferences is running into old friends and making new ones. I had to chance to stop by different partners of 5S Supply to chat, talk lean and have a little fun. Check out the photos below.

Lean Enterprise Institute

(L-R Tony Manos, 5S Supply, Jane Bulnes-Fowles, Lean Learning Materials Manager, John Shook, Chairman & CEO, Rachel Regan, Director of Lean Events and Community Support, and Jon Carpenter, Finance & Administration)

I would like to thank the Lean Enterprise Institute for being my cohorts in using twitter during the conference and retweeting information to our followers. Also, I would like to announce that LEI is now offering one of the top books “The Gold Mine” in audio book (CD) form. Dr. John Toussaint (key note speaker and author) was signing his book “On the Mend” during the conference. If you are trying to apply Lean in healthcare, this is the book for you and available at 5S Supply.

Visual Workplace, Inc.

(L-R Jerry VanderLann, Tony Manos, and Rhonda Kovera)

Visual Workplace, Inc. provides 5S Supply with one of our most popular product lines – FloorMark. We carry FloorMark tape, arrows, feet, corners and more. Keep an eye out as we add more items to our website!


(L-R: Pat Wardell, COO, Tony Manos, and Bruce Hamilton, President)

You might know GBMP from the famous “Toast Kaizen” video, but they have so much more! It was great to see Chris Martin, VP Sales & Administration along with Pat Wardell, and Bruce Hamilton. Pat and Bruce just came out with a new book “e2 Continuous Improvement System” that emphasizes “everyone, everyday”. 5S Supply will be getting this book up on our website soon; it’s sure to be a great resource. By the way, I have to give a special award or mention to GBMP for their booth as being the most creative at the show. They came right out and said it – “Waste Sucks!” but evidently it can kill to (they had a mannequin stuffed under a pile of boxes representing waste).

Taylor and Francis (CRC Press)

5S Supply & Taylor and Francis(L-R Michael Sinocchi, Senior Editor, Tony Manos, and Chris Manion, Special Sales Account Representative)

I’m almost sure everyone reading this probably has a book published by Taylor & Francis or CRC Press (formerly Productivity Press). Michael was kind enough to show me some of their newest books on Lean HR and Lean IT. Don’t worry; we’ll get them up on our website as soon as we can. T&F is a great source of books, DVDs and learning materials, that are available at 5S Supply.

The Lean Nation Radio Show with Capt. Karl

I had the pleasure to be a guest on The Lean Nation radio show back in June talking with Capt Karl about Value Stream Mapping and other things. Karl Wadensten also gave a presentation about his company’s Lean journey. He talked about the path that Vibco has taken over the years as they continually strive for continuous improvement. If you haven’t heard Capt Karl’s show, I highly recommend that you download a free podcast and listen in.

American Society for Quality (ASQ)

(L-R: Robert Damelio, Brian LeHouillier, Managing Director-ASQ, Adil Dalal)

Robert and Adil are my cohorts on the Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals (COA) Committee representing ASQ. Brian was attending meetings with the heads of AME, SME and the Shingo Prize as the four representatives of the premier Lean Certification in the world!

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

(L-R: Kelly Lacroix, Tony Manos, Tara Douglass, Professional Development)

Kelly is our “handler” for the COA. She works hard to make sure that all four groups representing the Lean Certification (AME, SME, Shingo Prize and ASQ) are forging ahead with the certification. Tara works in professional development. Not pictured was Jerome Cook who I am working with to create a new Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) DVD due out early next year.

Change Management Associates

Drew Locher has written what I would consider two of the best books on Value Stream Mapping – “The Complete Lean Enterprise” and “Value Stream Mapping for Lean Development”. Drew was the one that taught me VSM back in 2000. Drew is the principle of Change Management Associates. Since 1990, CMA has developed and delivered programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of organizations in the general subject of Operational Excellence.

I would like to thank all our supporters and I look forward to seeing everyone again at the AME Conference 2011 in Dallas, TX! 

Also, since it is the week of Thanksgiving I would like to say to all those pursing Lean “Thank You” for your efforts and differences you make in peoples’ lives everyday. Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! – Tony

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