Gary Conner

Contributing Writer
Lean Enterprise Training
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Award-winning author Gary Conner is president of Lean Enterprise Training.

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The tipping point: A new way to manage value streams in high-mix manufacturing

January 19, 2016 | By Gary Conner

Lean consultant Gary Conner describes a way to adapt value stream mapping—with its roots in low-mix, high-volume production—to the high-mix, low-volume job shop.

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Different people, different perspectives on lean

May 27, 2015 | By Charlie Hopewell, Dave Davidson, Gary Conner

Employees and managers experience a lean transformation in vastly different ways. Understanding these viewpoints can help change a company culture to one that embraces continuous improvement.

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The people and processes behind poka-yoke

July 31, 2014 | By Gary Conner

Like anything related to continuous improvement, mistakeproofing requires the right processes, but, perhaps even more important, it also requires the right people. With the right people and processes, real change is possible.

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Lean manufacturing, made-to-order edition

April 30, 2013 | By Gary Conner

Coordinating fabrication, welding, assembly, and painting within a high-mix, low-volume environment is neither new nor easy. The effort at one such fabricator demonstrates the commitment required, tools applied, lessons learned, and benefits realized when adopting cellularized flow manufacturing in a traditional, departmentalized organization.

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Scraping the hull: Ridding your organization of barnacles

April 6, 2004 | By Gary Conner

Editor's Note: A version of this article previously appeared in the March 2004Lean Into It newsletter.What do barnacles and lean manufacturing have in common? Let me explain.Barnacles are a form of sea life that everyone's heard of but probably knows little about. Many different types exist, but...

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Staying lean in a lean economy

June 18, 2002 | By Gary Conner

Slow times call for some desperate measures, but losing sight of a lean approach to manufacturing should not be one of them. Take an opportunity that slow times present to evaluate your business and take appropriate steps towards a lean operation.

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A case study in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma

June 12, 2002 | By Gary Conner

You never know who in your company might be a diamond in the rough, waiting to shine. Giving everyone in your company the opportunity to take risks and learn from their mistakes is the best investment an employer can make.

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New machines do not a world-class company make

March 28, 2002 | By Gary Conner

Buying top-shelf equipment doesn't necessrily make you a top-shelf operation. Much more important is the behavior of the people behind the equipment.

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Common barricades on the road to lean

October 25, 2001 | By Gary Conner

The number of opportunities to steer your company wrong during a move toward lean manufacturing are myriad. Knowing a few of the common ones may help you achieve your goals without a lot of headaches.

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Tips on Lean Manufacturing: Mastering the stop 'n' go of your shop's work flow

August 16, 2001 | By Gary Conner

Mastering the flow of work through your shop is your most important taks if you are attempting Toyota's approach to lean manufacturing.

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Tips on Lean Manufacturing: How to purge weight from your manufacturing operation

February 19, 2001 | By Gary Conner

All manufacturing operations need to reinvent themselves to compete in today's marketplace. What can you do to change? Try going lean.

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