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Profound Knowledge & Sociology

Sociology: noun \ˌsō-sē-ˈä-lə-jē, ˌsō-shē-\.  the science of society, social institutions, and social relationships; specifically : the systematic study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings. [Merriam-Webster.Com] W. Edwards Deming’s Systems of Profound Knowledge has been a cornerstone to successful lean deployment for the last 20 years (longer, if … Continue reading

The PDCA Cycle: Is It Really That Simple?

Besides the time it takes to seek the perfect solution to a problem, solutions thinking can give a false sense of security that a situation is permanently resolved. As circumstances change, a problem can reappear without warning and cause significant damage if the team has moved on and stopped looking for the condition to recur. Continue reading

The Missing Link in a Lean Deployment

It is not enough to say that leadership is the key to successful implementation of lean thinking. Without understanding what this means, we cannot truly transform an organization and build a sustained improvement process. Continue reading

Gaining Buy-In To Improvement Activities

Production is how a company makes its money, and managers are typically measured on their ability to produce. No matter how logical it may seem so some that focusing on improvement will make meeting production targets easier, others will see it as a distraction and interference to meeting production objectives. Continue reading