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Saturday, September 25, 2010

Lean, Six Sigma, and the Theory of Constraints

Teaching and developing new ideas and processes to a team of people can be a real challenge, especially in a manufacturing environment.  For this reason, we are very fond of well written business novels that appeal to people from all walks of life and age groups.  Business novels provide a unique bridge that literally place everyone on the same page regardless of experience.

As lean practitioners, we typically find that the same problems plague manufacturers regardless of the industry or sector they serve:  Efficiency, Effectiveness, Scheduling, Inventory Management, and Quality.  As the subject of this post suggests, a strategy exists and is presented by way of two classic business novels that are well worth reading and serve as excellent references for your team:

Velocity: Combining Lean, Six Sigma and the Theory of Constraints to Achieve Breakthrough Performance - A Business Novel

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

These classics present uniquely different stories in a manner that allow you to connect with the characters and experience the problem solving process first hand.  We incorporate these novels into the training materials that we use when working with our clients.  While some have suggested that we are giving away "our secrets", we remind them that our objective is to be the catalysts of change for companies desiring self-sustained success.

Do these methods work?  We have successfully deployed strategies similar to those described by these two books.  Order your copies today and get a head start on your turn around strategy now.  These books are available at great prices.  Search for goldratt

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