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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. 01: 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 "10-Basics of Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence"

A while back, the Aberdeen Group, published their “Lean Benchmark Report.” Of close to 300 manufacturers that participate in this study, 90% reported that they are committed to Lean. However, further analysis found that less than 20% of these companies can be considered best-in-class. The report went on to say: "Companies that have achieved operational excellence through the deployment of a lean strategy share this important characteristic:

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

The 10-Basics of Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence (LM-OE)

Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence (LM-OE)  does not replace the MRP system but rather optimizes its shop floor and supply chain sub-systems. (LMOE) methodology can generate two to three times MRP cost reductions while producing significant improvement in quality and customer satisfaction.

Below is a graphic that shows the impact of optimizing MRP shop floor and supply chain sub-systems with the (LM-OE) methodology:

Lean Manufacturing Typical Results

Recently, Bill updated his 8-Basics of Kaizen Based Lean Manufacturing adding two additional courses and renaming the product the "10-Basics of Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence."

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For more than 16 years, our customers and newsletter subscribers have looked to Business Basics as a trusted developer of Lean Manufacturing training materials... operations knowledge and implementation know-how that's helping individuals and companies exceed their goals and expectations.

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 Business Basics’ training materials in their pursuit of Best-in-Class Performance, simply click here--->  our customers.

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It's the "how to" that really counts!

"Bill Gaw's training is focused on the "how to." Unlike other training  material 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 news-letters because they are informative, educational and right on the mark."                                   

                      Phil Andrews, Business Development, Project Manager

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

Featuring Bill Gaw's Manufacturing Simulation Game and his
"10-Basics of Lean Manufacturing-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 Manufacturing Price $496.00)

Course No. 1: Strategic Planning & Tactical Execution -  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. Manufacturing participation in the process is crucial to assure support of company strategic objective.

Course No. 2: Information Integrity -  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.

Course No. 3: Performance Management - Financial numbers may tell us who's winning the war, but it takes a motivational performance/balanced scorecard measurement system to win all the battles along the way. Remember, without data lean champions are just another opinion.

Course No. 4: Value Stream Mapping - Analysis of the processes which the maps represent 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.

Course No. 5: Kaizen Management -  If your business team can handle only one strategic initiative  at a time, then let it be the implementation of a “quick-hitting” kaizen program. There just isn’t any other more important manufacturing program in our pursuit of profits.

Course No. 6: Sequential Production  and Team Dynamics- 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 and Team Dynamics. The winners are!.

Course No. 7: Point-of-Use Supply Chain Management -Companies will never achieve their lean manufacturing  expectations as long as business leaders continue to talk about value-added supplier partnerships, while continuing to deal with their suppliers as adversaries. And, the elimination of the stockroom (a high non-value added contributor), as we know it today, should be high priority on the "to do" list.. 

Course No. 8: Cycle Time Management - If your manufacturing team can handle only one kaizen project at a time, then let it be the reduction of total build/test cycle time. There just isn’t any other more important control factor in our pursuit of cost reduction and customer satisfaction.

Course No. 9: Production Linearity - 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.

Course No. 10: Sales & Operations Planning - Bringing sanity to shop floor and supplier scheduling requires continuously improving the integration of sales forecasts, master schedules and day-to-day schedules. The effective management of the SOP process is critical to profit maximization and customer service.

>>>>> 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 $1312.00 value...  discounted 47% for
Special Price of only: $696.00

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Order your Lean Manufacturing DIY Training Program today at a special price of only $696.00.  That's a $616.00 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,
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We are so sure that your Lean Manufacturing-Operations Excellence, Do-it-Yourself, Team Training Program will have the impact you desire that you can order entirely at our risk. The DIY Training Program comes with a No Risk, 100% Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee. This is a Lifetime 100% Money- Back Guarantee!  


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.


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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  Lean Manufacturing-Operation Excellence courses and bonuses will be delivered via Internet download file and will be sent within 24 hours.

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