Artificial Intelligence and Continuous Improvement

Artificial Intelligence and Continuous Improvement

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to significantly impact the field of continuous improvement by providing organizations with new tools and techniques to identify and eliminate waste and improve performance.  Some ways that AI can be used in continuous improvement include: It is worth mentioning that AI is not a silver bullet, the success of…

Culture Change: Go Ugly Early – Go Ugly Fast

Culture Change: Go Ugly Early – Go Ugly Fast

I was the Chairman at a three-day conference on Operational Excellence and Business Transformation recently and was really impressed by the number of people in attendance and the caliber of the speakers. Some of the speakers discussed technology, and their vision of the future.  But most of the speakers focused on softer skills; leadership, innovation,…

Time to rethink Just-In-Time

Time to rethink Just-In-Time

Just-In-Time (JIT) inventory and manufacturing systems are management strategies where replenishment orders of raw materials, assemblies, and finished goods are based on production schedules; which themselves are based on real customer orders that are due at specific dates (even times).  The objective is to increase efficiency and effectiveness by decreasing the waste associated with carrying…

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying an Operational Excellence Program

Best Practices for Designing and Deploying an Operational Excellence Program

These approaches can also be applied to Continuous Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma Programs. I started my first business, XONITEK, in August of 1985.   I still own its latest incarnation located in Jackson Wyoming.  Having owned my own businesses for the last 37 years makes me uniquely unemployable.  Perhaps that could change given the right…