"If you don't live on the edge, you can't see the view." Vicky Corrington
ATJ continues to sense uncertainty as we move toward 2017. The end of the US election approaches and we await CETA’s direction now that a “Hard Brexit” is fully backed by the UK government. Both the U.S. and U.K. are our customers so now is a good time for ATJ to re-visit its own vision and approach. For ATJ readers, we will continue to share real-world practical approaches and best practices – even seeking them in unlikely places. We will continue to offer a variety of proven perspectives.
To prepare for 2017, we have asked a number of contributors and companies for topics and thinking about what would be most helpful going forward. These are in preparation so don’t hesitate to send along your thoughts.
ATJ believes that no matter what your organization does, success will depend upon implementing the most innovative ways to align and marshal your people, processes and technology to the right vision. (Incidentally, everyone works with the exact same three elements to compete and win).
In this issue you will meet Jim Semple, retired Vice President of Manufacturing for one of North America’s top Engineered Products companies:Brandt Engineering. He is also a long-time blogger on all things managerial. Many of you will already know Jim and his concern for the need to strengthen leadership and management in companies that are implementing lean, new technologies and accelerating talent development.
Also in this issue you will run into an old friend, Bob Kerr, who is well known across the country for his leadership in Consortia as well as for the Lean transformation of two international companies as their VP Operations. He will be adding his seasoned wisdom to very practical issues. Posters in Bob’s plants read, “Just imagine the improvements you could make, if everything was made so simple everyone could understand.”
This is the 20th anniversary of Lean Thinking, so we’ve included an interview with Dan Jones and Jim Womack for their take on the world-wide impact of their book. As ever, ATJ will continue focusing on best practices as well as keeping an eye on globally relevant happenings in Lean, KATA, IoT, and TWI along with special learning events such as Lean Share Showcases including healthcare, manufacturing and even government.
So much is occurring across this country. From large initiatives in the Atlantic provinces led by David Haire, to continuing excellence in Manitoba’s Lean powerhouse. Plus now we have a unique view into the happenings across the Prairies since the launch of the Prairie Manufacturers Magazine[link]. We will shed some light on a spontaneous KATA initiative in BC led by Tracy Defoe and on the new emerging Lean Practitioners Association of Saskatchewan [link] launched by Stewart Bellamy (contact Stewart), Jenni Huber, and Al Matt. Their mission is to, “Promote a clear understanding and open acceptance of Lean methodology through individual practitioners in every sector of Saskatchewan society.”
In the next issue OCAPT, Canada’s Lean Library, will be listing the top Lean books sold in Canada this year for you to graze upon in preparation for your holiday reading. There will no doubt be books listed your competitors have already digested...
ATJ’s Vision To make a difference that matters. ATJ is committed to the first principle of lean and believes value is determined from the standpoint of the customer (our readers). Mission ATJ is a voluntary operation that respects, supports, and seeks input from all sources including our readers through an open trust-and-integrity based process that acknowledges all contributions, while always seeking to provide increasing value. Designed by: M&O Lean Communications 2016