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Bill Gaw

Who is Bill Gaw?

And why should
we listen to him?

lean manufacturing training

Add some pizzazz to your lean training program with participative exercises:
Manufacturing Simulation Game

Improve job security and your career
by earning a must have credential
Lean Manufacturing Certification

Best-In-Class Manufacturing (BICM)

If you're struggling with the below challenges:

   Part Shortages
          Excess Inventory
                  Scrap and Rework
                          Late Shipments
                                 Customer Complaints
                                       End-Of-Month Scramble

and thinking: "There must be a better way." ... there is, and
it's not more computerization!

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Knowledge Options:

Simulation Game

Best-In-Class Manufacturing

Manufacturing Performance

Supply Chain

Strategic Planning

Lean Manufacturing Certification Program

Kaizen Event Training

Manufacturing Assessment and
Action Plan

Box Workshop

Manufacturing Management


Do you want to:

1.  Become a better team member/leader/manager/executive?
2.  Focus your energy on the significant issues?
3.  Transform your work environment from drudgery to fun?
4.  Minimize your day-to-day stress level?
5.  Master the basics of lean manufacturing transformation?
6.  Exceed your goals and expectations?
7.  Gain recognition, promotions, and salary increases?

Does your company want to:

1.  Improve customer responsiveness and satisfaction?
2.  Optimize MRP/ERP and manufacturing processes?
3.  Increase speed and improve quality?
4.  Eliminate non-value-added costs?
5.  Eliminate the high cost of overtime, scrap, and rework?
6.  Improve customer on-time delivery of high quality products?
7.  Gain control of inventories and optimize their turnover?
8.  Increase team contribution to the company's "bottom line?"

If you answered yes to any of the about questions, you're time spent on this Web page will be a very valuable investment.

Why Do Most Manufacturing Initiatives Fail to Meet Expectations?

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 import-ant characteristic:

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

For Manufacturing Success... It's the BASICS, Friend!

Henry Ford: Creating the BASICS

Henry Ford first introduced manufacturing basics at his River Rouge operation in 1920. Using these basics as a basis for his production line concept, the Model T Ford plant was able to go from receipt of iron ore to casting the engine block, and to shipment of the machined engine block in a final assembled car in an astonishing forty-eight hours.


The Japanese used Ford's manufacturing basics, Juran's quality basics and Deming's management basics to create the foundation for achieving world class manufacturing commonly referred to as the Toyota Production System.

Vince Lombardi: Mastering the BASICS

Many years ago Vince Lombardi led the Green Bay Packers football team to unprecedented success by having an almost obsessive focus on doing the BASICS very well. 

It’s amazing how many individuals and companies have great visions yet fail to achieve their full growth and earning potentials. They're a lot like the Green Bay Packers' football team before the arrival of Vince Lombardi... all the potential in the world but with not enough focus on executing the BASICS of their business and profession. 

In their efforts to draw closer to customers, many manufacturers have lost focus on what should be a company’s primary objective – mastering the basics of their business and profession. We need to have our manufacturing teams identify and master the basics of best-in-class manufacturing. No manufacturing initiatives will exceed expectations without indentifying and mastering the basics of manufacturing.

The 8-Basics of Best-In-Class Manufacturing

"Do you want to optimize your manufacturing success? If so, you need to identify and master the basics of best-in-class manufacturing. Many historic, recurring day-to-day problems (perhaps the same problems that plague your operation) can be permanently eliminated by a tenacious execution of Bill Gaw's "8-Basics of Best-In-Class Manufacturing™."  

*  8-Basics for eliminating part shortages
8-Basics for improving inventory utilization
8-Basics for reducing scrap and rework
*  8-Basics for improving on time deliveries
8-Basics for improving customer satisfaction
8-Basics for eliminating non-value-added costs
8-Basics for exceeding goals and expectations
8-Basics for creating a fun working environment
8-Basics for earning recognition and rewards
8-Basics for reducing work place stress.

Best-In-Class Manufacturing (BICM) does not replace the MRP system but rather optimizes its shop floor and purchasing sub-systems. BICM 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 purchasing sub-systems with Bill Gaw's BICM methodology:

And here's a actual OEM results:

"Make-a-Difference" Knowledge and Skills Transfer

Most knowledge transfer materials today are Videos/Webinars that tell you what to do but with very little practical implementation and/or optimization “know how.” Videos/Webinars present their story at a fast pace but most viewer’s retention rate is less than 25% and videos and webinars  perform poorly as a reference document.

Bill Gaw's tutorials on the other hand 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 add-ed learning experience on "how to" design, implement and optimize  manufacturing change initiatives for individual and company success. 

Our customers study the tutorial content, print relevant sections, and highlight passages that are important for understanding and executing their change initiatives. The resultant blueprint is used for empowering their team in their pursuit of best-in-class manufacturing performance. Videos/Webinars don’t provide the same capabilities and their perform-ance results are minimal.

One of the  keys to success is having a great coach. Whether you're in the trenches or working your way up the company 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, em-pathy, respect and most important, the wisdom of experience. And, he's always just an email away.

Another plus is that every the knowledge and how-to tutorial includes a "Train-the-Trainer" Manual should your objective be DIY, team training.


Below is an example of a PowerPoint-Plus
slide 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.

However, 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 separ-ates 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 will show you how.

A Huge Learning Difference

If you were watching a video, attending a seminar, or a webinar would you be able to take down the above in your notes for later reference... I don't think so. With Bill Gaw's approach, there is no need to take notes because you have the slides, slide commentary, and "lessons learned" for future reference and the option of using them for team training.

Our Company

For more than 15 years, our 1700 plus customers and 16,000 plus newsletter subscribers have looked to Business Basics as a trusted deliverer of manufacturing management knowledge and implementation know-how that's helping individuals and companies exceed their goals and expectations.

Our customer list speaks for itself. These individuals and companies are serious, as we know you are, about optimizing their results and reaching their full growth and earning potentials. To review  a partial list of customers using Business Basics’ PowerPoint-Plus tutorials in their pursuit of Best-in-Class Performance, simply click on  our customers.

Lean Manufacturing Knowledge
It's the "how to" that really counts!

"Bill Gaw's knowledge is focused on the "how to." Unlike other training  material that tell you only what you need to do... Bill's knowledge 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 Best-In-Class Manufacturing Training Package
Featuring Bill Gaw's Knowledge and How-To Tutorial:
"The 8-Basics of Best-In-Class Manufacturing

What Does It Cost?

Much less than you would imagine. To help you realize the full benefits of your Manufacturing Management Knowledge and How-To Tutorial, we include the below materials:

"Bill Gaw's Popular Tutorial: The 8-Basics of Best-In-Class Manufacturing" ($497.00) Value)

CD, Push vs. Pull Video: The classic, humorous HP video. This is the famous "Oldie but Goodie" video that demonstrates: Push vs. Pull systems, one-piece-flow,  stockless production, and cycle time management. (Priceless)

CD, Value Stream Mapping T-Module -  Maps and flowcharts help make work visible. Increased visibility improves communication and understanding, and provides a common frame of reference for those involved with the business and work process. ($97.00 Value)

CD, Thinking Outside the Box - An e-Book... discover ideas, insights, and proactive solutions that create and maintain a leaders competitive edge. ($97.00 Value)

CD, Quality System Toolbox -  Provides an interactive ISO 9000 checklist and quality manual and procedures to jump-start or re-ignite a company's quality management initiative. Provides a quality management roadmap. ($97.00 Value)

CD, Train the Trainer Manual Should you decide to use your tutorial  for in-house training we also include a printed-version of an effective training methodology, a vital "train the trainer" resource. ($28.00 Value)

A $816.00 value for a special price of $396.00

A Special Offer for Website Visitors


Order your Lean Manufacturing training package today at your very special price of only $396.00 That's a savings of $420.00 and thousands of dollars less than the price of attending relevant seminars.

And, It is Better than Videos and Webinars

With expert commentary and "lessons learned" it's like attending a seminar in person, having Bill guide you personally through his BICM methodology. Bur the difference is you'll have all of Bill's "commentary and lessons learned" for team training and future reference. Videos and Webinars don't provide the same results.


A supporter saying it better than we can:

“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 recommendation

Our Guarantee says it all 

We are so sure that your Best-In-Class Manufacturing Training Package will have the impact you desire that you can order entirely at our risk. The training-package comes with a No Risk, Unconditional Money-Back Guarantee.


Believe this, we will never consider your purchase binding until you have reviewed all the material 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 Best-In-Class Manufacturing Training Package will work for you that if you're not completely satisfied for any reason at any time, simply let us know and we'll immediately refund your purchase price. You simply can't lose.

Remember, if you continue to work the same way, you're going to get the same results. The next move is up to you. We've shown you that your Best-In-Class Manufacturing Training Package is as risk free as an offer can be. You and I know that if you've read this far, you're seriously interested in bringing sanity to your day-to-day work environment and helping yourself and your organization reach your full growth and earning potentials. So as the old commercial said: "Just do it!"


 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, (International shipments 1-4 weeks).

Three Ways To Order

To order by credit card: If you place your order via our secure order form, shipping and handling are free. We'll ship your tutorial, video, modules and the "Train-the-Trainer" Manual via USPS priority mail. We'll send confirmation by email and you'll have your package in your hands in 3-4 days (domestic shipments). To place your order, simply click on the blue bar below the credit card icons:  


The Best-In-Class Manufacturing Training Package

To order by purchase order: Simply email a copy of your purchase order and shipping instruction to We'll send confirmation by return email. 

To order by phone: call us at 760-945-5596 

The Ball is in Your Court

If you think this knowledge and know-how will help you and your  company but you're not in a position to make the final decision, may I suggest that you forward this Web page to the decision maker. He/she may thank you for your interest and initiative.

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