Posts by Larry Fast

What's Next after Lean and Six Sigma? -

Larry is Founder of Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence, and a veteran of 35 years in the...



Creating a Culture that Sustains 5S and Operational Excellence -

QUESTION: One of the most basic practices of lean is a culture of 5S at each work station....



The Fast Lane to Excellence: How to be a Better Leader in Manufacturing - 4 tips

This article is part 2 of The Fast Lane, by Larry Fast. Read Part one: '13 Ways Difficult ...



The Fast Lane: 13 Ways 'Difficult Relationships' Damage Company Culture



Are Hard Skills or Soft Skills More Important for Culture? 5 Tips on Hiring for the Factory Floor

Question: When you hired for the factory floor, what was more important to you in the cand...



5 Tips for Introducing Lean to Administrative Functions

While many will still argue that "this may work on the shop floor but not in my office," h...



The Fast Lane to Operational Excellence

For those of us old enough to remember, we have been reading about the "Barriers to Operat...



Performance Metrics that Matter: Effective Productivity Measures

Effective Productivity is a slippery slope.  Frankly, I can count on one hand the plants I...



The FAST Lane: How Robust is your Sales and Operations Planning Process?

I’ve always thought the delivery performance metric best reflects how well integrated the ...



The Fast Lane: The Discontinuous Continuous Improvement Journey

Why do so many operations in so many companies commit to a career-long Continuous Improvem...



ARTICLE: How to Choose Metrics to Drive Continuous Improvement

QUESTION: I am trying to develop a list of metrics to drive our continuous improvement eff...



ARTICLE: What is World Class Manufacturing, and How Do You Measure it?

Question: What is world class and how do you measure it?



ARTICLE: How Do You Re-engage an Apathetic, Aging Workforce?

QUESTION: This reader’s question asks about “how to re-engage an aging workforce?” I’m par...



ARTICLE: How Many Experts are Needed to Embark on a Lean Journey?

QUESTION: We are starting discussions about trying to start a lean initiative and are in d...



ARTICLE: What is the Best Way to Begin a Lean or Continuous Improvement Journey?

Question: We are a small company with approximately 150 employees, 3 manufacturing locatio...



Creating a Culture that Sustains 5S and Operational Excellence

QUESTION: One of the most basic practices of lean is a culture of 5S at each work station....



How 'Managing Up' can Boost Your Continuous Improvement Results

The topic for this article is “Managing Up.” This subject is the result of an excellent, s...



LONG ARTICLE: What Can Organization Leaders Do to Create & Manage Culture Change?

QUESTION: What are the two (or three or five or seven) most important things organization ...



What's Next after Lean and Six Sigma?

Larry is Founder of Pathways to Manufacturing Excellence, and a veteran of 35 years in the...



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