John Dyer

John
Dyer
President,
JD&A - Process Innovation Co.
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John Dyer is president of the JD&A – Process Innovation Co. and has 28 years of experience in the field of improving processes. He started his career with General Electric and then worked for Ingersoll-Rand before starting his own consulting company.

John has an electrical engineering degree as well as an international master's of business from Purdue University and the University of Rouen in France.

He can be reached at (704) 658-0049 and John_dyer@mi-connection.com. You can view his LinkedIn profile here.

 

Articles
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A Reason to Do Lean and Six Sigma Executives Will Embrace 2
What is the actual, demonstrated output of your organization’s system (production parts or service hours)? Does it change from week to week, day to day, even hour to hour? If so, then you are dealing with “capacity leaks” that will result in significant profit losses.
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Why a Low Price Sourcing Strategy Will Doom Your Lean Efforts 7
A sourcing strategy that focuses on price reductions can disrupt the supply chain and derail a lean and Six Sigma initiative.
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What is the Greatest Impediment to Lean and Six Sigma Implementation? 8
In a culture built on fear, employees will try to interpret every comment and gesture in order to guess what the leaders really want.
The Dangers of Disguising Cost Cutting as Improvement 11
It is critically important to the success of any improvement initiative that everyone in the organization understands the real reason why changes are being made.
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How Many Times Has Your Company Started (and Stopped) Implementing Lean? 3
Your company might be experiencing a successful lean and Six Sigma improvement effort that comes to a crashing halt. Can anything be done to stop this?
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What Would You Risk to Make Improvement Happen?
Consider these five suggestions to improve your chance of making change happen.
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Are You Ready for Lean/Six Sigma? Five Questions (Plus One) 8
Company executives' answers to these five questions will help determine whether a continuous improvement effort can succeed.
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Would Dr. Deming Have Been a Black Belt? 13
Several clues in Deming's teachings may help shape opinions on the answer to this question.
John Dyer (left) with W. Edwards Deming
A Look Back at the Early Days of Lean 3
IndustryWeek contributor John Dyer discusses the early days of continuous improvement at General Electric as well as his experiences with Dr. W. Edwards Deming.
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The Façade of Management Commitment -- And Why It's So Destructive 6
To see step-function improvement, company leaders must be willing to go "all in" in support of improvement initiatives -- even if that means they have to change along with everyone else.
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Why Your Improvement Efforts Aren't Driving Better Results: The Façade of Lean and Six Sigma 7
Don't expect a positive ROI from your lean and Six Sigma investments if they are nothing but a pretty picture.
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The Politics of Improvement: Winning the Hearts and Minds of Employees 1
Good leaders will consistently show their employees respect while earning their trust and building pride in a humble and heartfelt way.
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The Politics of Improvement: The Challenge of Getting Company Leaders' Buy-In 2
Understanding what motivates executives will help improvement leaders steer them toward doing what is right for the company.
Are You Caught in the Cost-Cutting Death Spiral? 1
Read why cost cutting sometimes happens in good times and how dangerous this can be for the long-term viability of the business.
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Why Cultural Enlightenment is Critical to Improvement
Companies that are culturally enlightened will not only have a much easier time of implementing the full scope of lean and Six Sigma, but they also position themselves to work on ideas that could be real game changers in their industry.
Comments
Why a Low Price Sourcing Strategy Will Doom Your Lean Efforts
February 1, 2017

Thanks for the comments. Blair, you answered your own question. One of the pillars of the House of Toyota is Just In Time. It is difficult to be lean with constant...

What is the Greatest Impediment to Lean and Six Sigma Implementation?
October 20, 2016

Thank you for all of the great comments. I would enjoy hearing feedback from your Kent State students. If you enjoyed this article, be sure to click on my name at the top of...

How Many Times Has Your Company Started (and Stopped) Implementing Lean?
July 6, 2016

Thanks for the comments. You may want to read my latest article for IndustryWeek titled "The Dangers of Disguising Cost Cutting as Improvement." If the company leaders...

The Dangers of Disguising Cost Cutting as Improvement
June 22, 2016

Thanks for the comments. Be sure to click the "Follow" button under my name to get notice of future IndustryWeek articles. You may also be interested in some of my previous...

Are You Ready for Lean/Six Sigma? Five Questions (Plus One)
January 27, 2016

Thanks Dan for the comments. They are very much appreciated. I enjoy writing these articles and it is good to know they are having an impact.

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