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Why Most Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence Initiatives Fail to Meet Expectations

A primary reason for a lean transformation failure is lack of effective training. It's not an "add water and stir" business process. You can't just decide one day to become lean and think it will happen overnight. You need to determine what constraints are impeding your ability to increase speed, improve quality, and eliminate non-value-added activities. And, then you need to develop and implement lean techniques and practices for identifying and eliminating their root causes.

The Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence,
Do-it-Yourself, Team Training Program

Part No. 1: Showtime!  Lean Manufacturing Simulation Game

     What I hear... I forget, 
                               What I see... I remember,
                                                         What I do ... I understand

Lean Manufacturing Simulation Game Lean Mfg. Simulation Game

The first challenge of a training program is how to rally company-wide support and commitment to its lean manufacturing initiative. To achieve that, a company's lean manufacturing training program must first and foremost communicate the reason for the change, the participation required, and the need for company-wide commitment to its success. Simulation exercises demonstrating the "before and after" are an excellent solution to this challenge.

The lean manufacturing simulation game adds pizzazz and effectiveness to a company's training program. It communicates the need, gains company-wide commitment and relevant support of their lean manufacturing transformation.

Your Lean Manufacturing simulation game is initiated by hands-on participation by team members that will setup MRP and LEAN  production factory simulations for the purpose of demonstrating and comparing the effectiveness of two production methods.

Detailed instructions describe how each exercise is to be set up and carried out. Also instructions on what non-participants should be watching and recording for an after game "Forum."

A Customer's Testimonial:

We have been using Bill Gaw's ShowTime! Lean Manufacturing Simulation Game for well over five years and have used it to introduce over 40 team members to Lean Manufacturing concepts. It allows the trainees to experience the difference between the MRP "push" system vs. the Lean "pull" system. Classroom training has its' place, but this simulation really hammers home the difference between the two different scenarios. Experiencing the difference is much more powerful than simply learning about it.

Bill has also been very responsive when we have had questions or needed additional supplies or insight. I would ,without reservation, recommend Showtime! to anyone searching for a simulation to demonstrate the benefits of Lean Manufacturing.

Tom Doyle, Quality Assurance and Manufacturing Engineering National Optronics   tdoyle@nationaloptronic.com

Part No. 2: Bill Gaw's "The 10-Basics of Best-in-Class,
Lean Operational Excellence

Why Do Most Lean Operational Excellence Initiatives
Fail to Meet Expectations?

A while back, the Aberdeen Group, published a benchmark report the found that only 20% of the  300 manufacturers that participate in the study could  be considered best-in-class,. The report went on to say:

Companies that have achieved lean operational excellence share this important characteristic:

"Dedication to basics such as streamlining processes, creating a well ordered work environment, and ongoing continuous improvement programs (Kaizen)."

As the saying goes... it's the BASICS, friend!

We realize the word "BASICS" is not very sexy. But it is a very important thing to understand. 

The fact is, best-in-class, lean operational excellence basics... the things that serve as a solid foundation for growing and enduring success have not changed since before I was born... and won't change after you're dust.

It's tempting to think that they do... that the introduction of computerized systems like Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relations Management, (CRM) and Six Sigma can change the BASICS.

We understand the temptation. We can only caution against it.

Mastering lean operational excellence basics of what has worked in the past establishes the foundation needed to successfully implement and optimize the change initiatives of today and tomorrow. Best of all, work becomes fun again.   

Bill Gaw's, PowerPoint-Plus e-Library "The 10-Basics
of Best-in-Class, Lean Operational Excellence"

Many historic, recurring day-to-day problems (perhaps the same problems that plague your operation) can be permanently eliminated by a tenacious execution of the 10-Basics of Best-in-Class, Lean Operational Excellence.

10-Basics for optimizing and sustaining growth and profits
10-Basics for increasing speed while improving quality
10-Basics for improving customer responsiveness
10-Basics for eliminating non-value-added costs
10-Basics for transforming a vision into reality
10-Basics for exceeding goals and expectations
10-Basics for creating a fun working environment
10-Basics for individual growth and earnings
10-Basics for creating a winning culture.

The e-Library is a grouping of 10 e-Tutorials that are delivered via Internet download and can be installed on all Internet devices and a company's Intranet. You'll also be able to print hard copies and create an effective reference binder for your company trainer. (Training package also includes a "Train-the-Trainer" Manual and "How to Overcome Objections and Road-blocks" presentation.)

Our Customers

For more than 15 years, our 1900 plus customers and 15,000 plus newsletter subscribers have looked to Business Basics as a trusted developer of "Back-to-Basics" training materials. Knowledge and implementation know-how that's helping individuals and companies reach their full growth and earning potentials

Our PowerPoint-Plus e-Tutorials include powerful PowerPoint charts and graphics, "plus" annotated note pages with "slide commentary" and "lessons learned" by a "been there, done that professional. A value added, learning experience on "how to" plan, implement and optimize a lean operational excellence transformation.  

Our customers study the e-Tutorial content, print relevant sections, and highlight passages that are important for understanding and executing change initiatives. The resultant blueprint is used for empowering their teams to achievements beyond expectations.

One of the keys to success is having a great coach. Whether you're in the trenches or working your way up the corporate ladder, the experience of someone who's "been there, done that" can be invaluable. Throughout his knowledge transfer Bill Gaw provides expert know-how, support, empathy, respect and most important, the wisdom of experience.

Our customer list speaks for itself. These companies are serious, as we know you are, about optimizing company results and improving their bottom line. To review  a partial list of customers using Bill Gaw's’ Power-Point-Plus training materials in their pursuit of Best-in-Class, performance, simply click on --->:  our customers.


Below is an example of a PowerPoint-Plus
graphic with its relevant note page:

Note Page

Without data, you’re just another opinion. That says it all. To continuously improve our processes, we need to first learn how to capture and then apply statistical data to our situation analysis. This action is a primary requisite to effective problem solving. Slide 3-3 presents an overview of a management by facts system.

Lesson Learned: The more that people use real time data to perform situation analysis and to establish and track corrective actions, the more comfortable and effective they become at interpreting and applying data-on-the-run. It is my contention that exceptional leaders make quick and quality decisions because they have mastered the skill of interpreting data-on-the-run. When a leader says, “That doesn’t sound right to me. What about .. . . .?” He has put to use, what I call, the test of reasonableness and this ability separates the exceptional leaders from the pack. To develop the ability to apply the “test of reasonableness,” a leader must first become an expert at interpreting data-on-the-run.

The following slides demonstrate the How-To.


Lean Operational Excellence Training
It's the "how to" that really counts!

"Bill Gaw's training is focused on the "how to." Unlike other training materials that tell you only what you need to do... Bill's training presents what you need to do and then he shows you how to do it."  

 T.J. Imholte, VP Integrated Systems
Advance Storage Products

"Bill is one of the most prolific individuals in the consulting industry and profession. He is a true thought leader and a great coach -- one of the best. His advice is golden and he has the respect of his colleagues worldwide. We all religiously read his articles and newsletters because they are informative, educational and right on the mark."

Phil Andrews, Business Development, Project Manager

“Bill's experience and the resources he provides are first rate and of great practical value for both the experienced manager wishing to push improvement in their business as well as people at the beginning of their careers who need to understand the basics of making businesses lean and effective”

Quentin Kopp, a LinkedIn.com recommendation


The Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence,
Do-it-Yourself, Team Training Program

Featuring Bill Gaw's Manufacturing Simulation Game and his
"10-Basics of Lean Operations Excellence"

To help you realize the full benefits of your Lean Manufacturing-Opera-tions Excellence, Do-it-Yourself, Team Training Program, it includes all the below training materials:

1. Lean Manufacturing Simulation Game (Price $596.00)

2. 10-Best Practices of  Lean Operational Excellence Price $970.00)

Course No. 1: Strategic Planning & Tactical Execution - 

Basic No. 1: Strategic Planning &Tactical Execution e-Tutorial: Strategic planning is a business process that many companies employ to identify their critical success targets that set the course for future growth and profits.

Basic No. 2: Sales & Operations Planning  e-Tutorial - Bringing sanity to shop floor and supplier scheduling requires continuously improving the integration of sales forecasts, master schedules and day-to-day schedules.

Basic No. 3: Point-of-Use Supply Chain Management  e-Tutorial -Companies will never achieve their lean operational excellence expectations as long as business leaders continue to talk about value-added supplier partnerships, while continuing to deal with their suppliers as adversaries.

Basic No. 4: Information Integrity e-Tutorial - MRPII/ERP expectations will not be achieved when day-to-day production and manufacturing/supply chain control  systems are driven  by  inaccurate,  untimely  and  uncontrolled data and/or documentation.

Basic No. 5: Value Stream Mapping  e-Tutorial - Analysis of the processes which the maps represent can help you increase customer satisfaction by identifying actions to reduce process cycle time, decrease defects, reduce costs, establish customer-driven process performance measures, reduce non-value-added steps, and increase productivity are a few.

Basic No. 6: Kaizen Management  e-Tutorial -  Price Pritchett puts it this way," Without Kaizen, you and your employer will gradually lose ground. Eventually, you’ll be “out of business,” because the competition never stands still."

Basic No. 7: Performance Management e-Tutorial - Financial numbers may tell us who's winning the war, but it takes a motivational balanced scorecard measurement system to win all the battles along the way.  Remember, without data management is just another opinion.

Basic No. 8: Cycle Time Management  e-Tutorial - If your business teams can handle only one strategic initiative at a time, then let it be the implementation of a cycle time reduction  program. There just isn’t any other more important program in our pursuit of profits.

Basic No. 8: Sequential Production  e-Tutorial - Effective shop floor control has proven elusive as  we have upgraded our manufacturing  control  system from  MRP  to MRPII  and  then  to ERP. To capture control of shop floor activities, we  need  to  stop beating  a “dead horse”  and implement  the  Sequential Production Process. The winners are!.

Basic No. 10: Production Linearity  e-Tutorial - Companies will never achieve their full growth and profit potential if they produce more than 25% of their monthly shipment plan in the last week of the month or more than 33% of their quarterly shipment plan in the last month of the quarter. As companies struggle to remain competitive, one of the strategies by which gains in speed, quality and costs can be achieved is to pursue and achieve linear production.

>>>>> PLUS <<<<<

Bonus No. 1: Thinking Outside-the-Box Fundamentals   (Value $96.00)Creative thinking skills are required by everybody. Each and everyone needs to continuously challenge and expand their ways of thinking to enhance personal and business success.

Bonus No. 1: How to Overcome Objections and Roadblocks  A PowerPoint-Plus Presentation.

Bonus No. 1: Train the Trainer Manual  (Value $28.00) Should you decide to use your .ppt tutorials for team member training, we include a hard copy of an effective training methodology... a vital train-the-trainer resource.

Bonus No. 1: Quality System Toolbox  (Value $96.00) Provides an interactive ISO checklist to evaluate current quality system status plus policy and procedure templates to assist in the system documentation effort.

A $1786.00 value...  discounted 50% for
Special Price of only: $893.00

A Special Offer for Website Visitors


Order your Lean Manufacturing DIY Training Program today at a special price of only $893.00.  That's a $893.00 savings and thousands of dollars less than the price of attending relevant workshops. With Mr. Gaw's game instructions and training module expert commentary and "lessons learned" it's like having a Lean Manufacturing Champion,  guide you personally through his Lean Manufacturing methodology. And, you'll have all the training materials for future reference; not just a memory of the last seminar/Webinar.

The Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence,
Do-it-Yourself, Team Training Program

Our Guarantee Says it all

Believe this, we will never consider your purchase binding until you have used  your Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence, Do-it-Yourself, Team Training Program and put it into practice. We know that you, like our other customers, will be thrilled with the results. In fact, we are so convinced that your Training Program will work for you that if you aren't completely satisfied for any reason at any time, simply return your simulation game for an immediate refund of your purchase price. You simply can't lose.



Free Shipping and Handling... If you order during this special offer,  shipping and handling are free. We'll send confirmation by return email and ship your order via USPS priority mail and you'll have it in your hands in 3-4 days, (domestic shipments).

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To order by credit card: If you place your order via our secure order form, shipping and handling are free. We'll send confirmation by email and ship your Lean Manufacturing Simulation Game via USPS Priority Mail and it should arrive in 3-4 days (domestic shipments). The  10-Basics of Lean Operational Excellence courses and bonuses will be delivered via Internet download file and will be sent within 24 hours.

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The Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence,
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