• Key Figures in the History of Lean

    By Joe Torrago on August 15, 2017

    Many people have heard of the term Lean or Lean Manufacturing.  But how many know it’s history or where it came from?  The philosophy, as we know it today, has been evolving over the last 150 years...

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  • Lean Supply Chain

    By Joe Torrago on July 4, 2017

    There are countless articles, blogs, white papers, presentations, websites, consultants and professionals telling the story about the benefits of Lean for your organizations operations. They all have...

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  • Purchase Price vs Total Cost Of Ownership

    By Joe Torrago on May 23, 2017

    I have written in the past regarding methods and discussions regarding how to optimize your supply chain. I'd like to take the discussion deeper into one particular area and make an offer I believe...

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  • Speed versus Throughput

    By Joe Torrago on May 2, 2017

    Remember the movie Speed from 1994?  One of the more quoted lines from that movie was something like this – “Pop quiz, hotshot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb...

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  • Stealing Shamelessly

    By Joe Torrago on April 26, 2017

    One of the key concepts I learned very early on in my Lean training over 25 years ago was the idea of stealing shamelessly. Before any one gets the idea I learned and support an all-out theft of...

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  • Just wait a second...

    By Joe Torrago on April 5, 2017

    When someone says this, they don't literally mean one second. After all, what could possibly happen in one second? Well, think about this. I was looking at the results of this year's Daytona 500 race...

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  • The Three Legged Stool of Data

    By Joe Torrago on March 8, 2017

    The Three Legged Stool of Data Ever try to sit on a one or two-legged stool? What happens? It will fall over and not support you or do its job of supporting you or your objectives. The same thing...

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  • Earning the Right

    By Joe Torrago on March 7, 2017

    Space Problem or Stuff Problem? I visited three facilities recently and in these plants the operations leaders were concerned they did not have enough space. I toured each respective facility with...

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  • Help me, my hands are tied!

    By Joe Torrago on February 27, 2017

    We frequently call on clients in Kansas who are part of larger organizations with headquarters or corporate offices located in another state. The local contacts say they would like to work with us,...

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  • Does your organization support a culture of insanity?

    By Joe Torrago on January 17, 2017

    What is the definition of insanity, at least from business perspective?  It is doing the same things repeatedly, expecting different results.  Many organizations on a Lean journey believe they can...

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