Six Sigma in Manufacturing

The Politics of Performance: The Relationship Between Results and Rhetoric in Business

There is an interesting mix of performance and politics present in any group of people who share resources and work together. Performance can be viewed as any activity needed to help the organization to achieve its goals. If it’s a basketball team, performance can be viewed as either scoring points or stopping the other team from doing so. I like sports analogies when discussing performance because it’s one of the most objective ways to measure results.

20 Reasons You're Paying Too Much for Raw Materials - And How to Reduce Costs

Raw material is often the single greatest expense for any manufacturing operation. It could range anywhere from 35 - 75% of total cost of goods sold depending on industry and the nature of the supply chain. Unfortunately, many manufacturing companies simply accept this as a "cost of doing business" and are reluctant to explore some of the many opportunities to reduce raw material costs.

New Booklet: The fOS - A Guide to World-Class Execution for American Manufacturers

As any manufacturing leader who has attempted to implement Lean, Six Sigma, Agile Manufacturing or any other Continuous Improvement initiative can tell you, it's not quite as "plug and play" as it seems in all the books and websites. It's now being estimated that as many as 70% of American Continuous Improvement initiatives fail. This video provides some insight to this phenomena and sheds some light on some of the prevailing reasons: