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Correlation Is Not Causation

April 26, 2012 11:30 am | by Dr. Jamie Weiss, Senior Consultant, Kepner-Tregoe Inc.

Seeking and finding correlations — co-occurrences between two or more factors — is a key tool in the root cause analysis arsenal.

Made Lean in America

April 25, 2012 8:37 am | by Bruce Hamilton, Founder,

Lean means creating employment opportunities at home: good jobs, a strong tax base, a brighter future.


Hire A Consultant Who Can Peel An Onion

April 25, 2012 8:34 am | by Tony Arnold, Founder & Principal, Upfront Management

Although there will likely be bumps along the way, your consultant should have the tools to help your company maintain focus.


Look! A Squirrel! Removing Distractions From The Workplace

April 23, 2012 8:28 am | by Paul Glover, Founder of The Glover Group

Employees in the workplace today face a constant stream of internal and external distractions that splinter their attention, energy, and ability to operate at a high level of efficiency and creativity.

The Perfect Storm

April 18, 2012 8:03 am | by Wayne R. Pinnell, CPA, Managing Partner Haskell & White, LLP

When the perfect storm finally moves on, it will be the companies who used this time period as an opportunity to improve their operations that will grow and thrive.

Should I Learn Lean or Six Sigma?

April 17, 2012 8:18 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

In today’s industry market, are Lean or Six Sigma skills selling/hiring points, or are they fading trends?

Road To Redemption

April 16, 2012 8:01 am | by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

It’s heartening to see the Motor City and the state of Michigan benefit from the auto industry’s comeback and be part of the manufacturing rebound that has taken shape in the U.S. during the past couple of years.


Creating A Prospector Organization

April 12, 2012 11:53 am | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

I would like to make a case that American manufacturers, in general, need to adopt a new type of organization - the Prospector Organization - in order to grow in the future.


Let Bygones Be Bygones? Not So Fast

April 11, 2012 8:40 am | by Jonnatha Mayberry, Associate Editor, PharmPro

Plant leaders and workers alike can easily get so comfortable in their repetitive daily routine that they forget to stay vigilant.


Manufacturing Is Cool

April 10, 2012 5:03 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

While I’m not advocating you immediately hand your newborn a graphing calculator or a TIG welder, it wouldn’t hurt to emphasize the technical part of their education, even when you think they may be too young.


The Price Is Right

April 10, 2012 8:41 am | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

One of the most important questions for small manufacturers to answer is “Do you know if you are making adequate margins on each product line, model, or job?”

Some Words For My Friends…

April 10, 2012 8:38 am | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO

I think we all need to sometimes need to talk ourselves out of buying things that aren't conducive to our environments.

The Cost Of The Untrained

April 5, 2012 4:43 pm | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

In America, there will be no sustainable recovery in the manufacturing sector without the right training programs to teach the necessary skills.


What You Need To Grow

April 4, 2012 8:45 am | by Michael P. Collins, Author, Saving American Manufacturing

Manufacturers like to do things that are action-oriented, and lead to tangible and believable results.

Apply Visualization Tools To Achieve Quality… Affordably

April 3, 2012 8:38 am | by Richard Rots, New Business Development & Project Manager, Dimensional Control Systems

The question asked by manufacturers is not how to achieve quality, but how to achieve it within cost and time constraints.

Open Innovation & Co-Development

April 2, 2012 8:44 am | by Louise Rainone, Vice President of Marketing, PCDworks

It seems to me that being open minded, and trusting decision makers to create and inspire their team, is one of the most important things a company can do.

How Much Is Too Much?

March 30, 2012 8:29 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO

If you were offered the opportunity to take over a company on the verge of bankruptcy, what would you ask for in return?


Bust Through Confusion By Changing Contexts

March 30, 2012 8:25 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

The next time you're struggling to get everyone to see how to proceed, change the focus from the subject of confusion to a subject everyone already understands.

Go Forth And Simplify

March 28, 2012 8:04 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions

One of the most effective ways to improve business performance is to simplify everything we do.

Where Gardentrucking And ‘Geek Culture’ Meet

March 26, 2012 5:21 pm | by Joel Hans, Manufacturing Editor,

If we want to influence a generation that will help us gain back the technical prowess we’ve lost, we won’t get there through mandated education.



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