Not so ‘Good to Great’

An executive asked my opinion about having his staff all read Good to Great by Jim Collins (2001). It’s been years since I first read the book, one of many […]

Supply Chain Kaizen

Euclides Coimbra latest book recently made it to the top of my reading list. Kaizen in Logistics & Supply Chains is a well considered application of lean and blitz to […]

Total Flow Management

Euclides A. Coimbra and his associates at the Kaizen Institute have created a wonderful and detailed work on the application of continuous improvement to supply chains.  Here is a full […]

Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream

    Hot off the press from the Lean Enterprise Institute … Page 12 & 13 have a brief description of Coefficient of Variation and a SKU Scatter Diagram (weekly […]

Green and Lean

Combining the questions of green and sustainability with the application of lean thinking to supply chain and logistics I offer these current publications for your consideration. Hot, Flat, and Crowded, […]

Green Intentions

Hot off the press, written by plant manager Brett Wills, with first hand experience on the challenges faced trying to move an organization in the green direction.  Part 1, Going […]


In most warehouses the material handlers travel empty more than 60% of the time.  Long pick paths and poor product placement can make labor even more inefficient.  Slotting your warehouse […]

Supply Chain Guru

Supply Chain design studies often target understanding the impact of new sourcing options such as switching suppliers, opening or closing facilities, new product line introductions, or business acquisition integration.  Each […]


When asked recently to recommend reference books on Kanban here’s what I came up with… Kanban for the Shopfloor is a straightforward implementation instruction manual.  The language is plain and […]

Five Frogs

Five Frogs are sitting on a log.  Four decide to hop off.  How many frogs are left?* It doesn’t take much for good intentions to end up in disaster.  It’s […]


Check out Annals of Medicine: The Checklist by Atul Gawande in the Dec. 10. 2007 edition of The New Yorker for an insightful exploration of the medical application of one […]

Hoshin Kanri

At long last we now have a number of recent readable guides for understanding and implementing policy deployment in your organization.  My introduction to policy deployment was as a middle […]