Category Archives: Cautionary Tales

Why Measuring Efficiency is Anti-Lean

The measurement of people’s efficiency has a long history in manufacturing industries. The design and production engineers calculate the time required to manufacture a product or batch of products. Each time the product is made, the “actual time” is measured … Continue reading

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What Holds You Back?

I’ve been working with a great company recently.  They make several lines of furniture which share numerous characteristics. They sell many standard products and components, but they also make-to-order customized products configured for specific sites often with very short lead … Continue reading

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