I was pleased when a young engineer came up to me and said that my talk had made him feel better about his career in manufacturing. I was speaking to a group this week about U.S. manufacturing – where exactly the industry was since the Great Recession ended in June 2009. So much talk has been made of a manufacturing renaissance and yet it is difficult at best to make the case that we are in the middle of one. That’s why I titled my talk “The Manufacturing GPS” – to step back and try to get our bearings. Here are some of my thoughts:...More
Any type of process improvement program requires good talent that has a fundamental understanding of both Supply Chain & Logistics concepts and also provides the proper tools and training to analyze and improve it....More
Do you have a question about leading a lean initiative, the characteristics of a lean leader, or other questions about lean leadership? Ask the Expert: Lean Leadership provides you with an opportunity to pose your questions to Larry Fast, who has 35 years of experience in manufacturing and operational excellence.
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