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Here is en excerpt and link to a recent column in SME’ Manufacturing Engineering magazine, SME Speaks column “Lean Today and Tomorrow”

“As I transition from my position as chair of SME’s Lean Certification Oversight and Appeals Committee, I have had the chance to reflect on where we have been and where we are going in the lean, operational excellence or continuous improvement world. The title of this SME Speaks is a takeoff on Henry Ford’s 1926 classic book Today and Tomorrow, and will focus on where lean and certification are today and my prediction of where they will be tomorrow…”

To read the entire story, click here>> SME Speaks

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Here’s a quick round-up of the most popular posts for 2011 from our blog at 5S Supply:

#5. How to Train Lean Champions to Run Kaizen Events – Part 2

#4. 5S for the Office – Examples

#3. 5S for the Office – Examples II

#2. Finally! A Tool Shadow Board That Works

#1. All about Andon Lights and Andon Signals

Five Predictions for Lean in 2012

“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – Yogi Berra

  1. More culture, less tools – organizations will continue to look beyond the lean tools to building a lean culture.
  2. Healthcare still doesn’t “get it” – lean in healthcare will continue to lag other segments (see #3)
  3. Is Lean Government possible? – government agencies will continue to see the benefits of applying lean principles and adopt it at a quicker pace
  4. What’s next? – companies will try to look beyond lean to see “what’s next” even though they haven’t realized the potential of lean
  5. Getting Back to Basics – mastery and true understanding of the basic tools of lean like Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA), 5 Whys, 5S, etc.

We can check back in a year and see how I did.

Cheers to a great 2012! – Tony