Category Archives: NoRepost

These posts have timely content (anniversaries, birthdays, etc.) that would look odd if re-posted. Hence, this catzegory reminds me not to repost these articles for twitter etc.

Corporate Culture on Quality Starts at the Top – A Small Anecdote on Organizational Blindness

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Quality starts at the top with management. Top executives like to talk about quality, but employees below usually know very well if the manager only talks the talk or also walks the walk. Words are cheap. Quality (and pretty much everything else that is important) requires attention by management. Continue reading Corporate Culture on Quality Starts at the Top – A Small Anecdote on Organizational Blindness

A Lean Obituary for Maybach – A Cautionary Tale About Cost of Complexity

$439,000 gift with every car purchased
$439,000 gift with every car purchased

With the end of last year, Daimler stopped selling its flagship vehicle, Maybach. I would like to use this opportunity to talk about the danger and harm to your company by increasing the number of product types sold. As an illustrative (and expensive) example, I would like to split the total cost of the Maybach in its individual parts (as far as I can estimate them).  My hope is that this motivates you to reduce, or at least no longer increase, the number of variants in your product portfolio. Continue reading A Lean Obituary for Maybach – A Cautionary Tale About Cost of Complexity

Dress for Success in Lean Manufacturing

Justin TimberlakeWhenever you work with people, the impression  you make on these people is important. Your clothes and behavior have a great influence on this impression. This post discusses strategies for your appearance to increase your chances of success on lean manufacturing projects. Continue reading Dress for Success in Lean Manufacturing

Visit to Euromold for the Latest in 3D Printing

The next Euromold trade show in Frankfurt will be in a few weeks. While the show generally presents products related to moldmaking  and tooling, they also have a large section on 3D printing. This is a good time for me to talk about 3D printing and my last visit to Euromold last year. Continue reading Visit to Euromold for the Latest in 3D Printing