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The Leaning Edge

The Leaning Edge, hosted by Debra Levantrosser, she speaks with leaders, implementers and believers in the lean philosophy to share their successes and struggles in hopes that they will help others in their lean journey.

The show focuses on the fact that lean is a mindset and a culture, not a set of process improvement tools, and shows how this approach can make your city, state and country an even stronger and more successful, stable place one organization at a time and one person at a time.

The “Lean” philosophy refers to engaging and involving all levels of employees in development of ideas to provide value to customers by aiming for high quality, low cost and short lead time. A specific kind of leadership style is seen in successful lean organizations which includes rewarding experimentation and developing people into problem solvers.

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The Value MLC Consulting Brings to UMICH Community

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 5:00 PM

Minjun Zhao is a first-year masters' student major in Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. She was co-founder now serving as co-president of the student chapter of the Michigan Lean Consortium.

During her past work experiences, Minjun had successfully led manufacturing teams to accomplish process improvement projects using Lean principles and tools.

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Installing Lean Principles and Accelerating Culture

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 4:00 PM

On this episode of The Leaning Edge is Kelly Ball Gas Pipeline Operations and Maintenance Director and Leak Process Owner for Pacific Gas and Electric Company in California. He is currently working with his organization to install lean principles and accelerate the culture change to embrace a new way of working.

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University Student Using Lean Principles

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 3:00 PM

Dakota Hawkins from the University of Michigan chapter of MLC -- Financial Chair and Consulting Team Member joins The Leaning Edge on this episode.

Dakota Hawkins is a Sophomore studying Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan. He is on the Executive Board of the student chapter of the Michigan Lean Consortium where he acts as Online Operations Chair and Project Team Leader.

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Eliminating Losses in Large Downtime Events

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 2:00 PM

On this segment of the Leaning Edge is Dr. Bill Edwards; PhD, PE, PMP. Dr. Edwards started his career at Ford Engine Design where he won one of Ford’s Highest Honors, The Ford Customer-Driven Quality Award for Warranty Reduction.

Dr. Edwards also worked at Chrysler Engine Design on a global engine program - winning one ofWard’s AutoWorld Ten (10) Best Engines. He led change in Chrysler’s Advance Manufacturing Engineering. There, Dr. Edwards’s Lean Manufacturing SWAT teams quickly identified manufacturing issues & implement solutions across North America.

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LEAN: Learn, Educate, And Network 8th Annual Conference

The Leaning Edge
June 6, 2018 12:00 PM

On this segment of the Leaning Edge is Betsy Williams. Betsy works in the Training Services Division of Northwestern Michigan College which is a part of the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center. Betsy is a Sales and Training Specialist, specializing in human resource management. She talks about LEAN: Learn, Educate, And Network 8th annual conference.

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Lean Goes Beyond Manufacturing

The Leaning Edge
March 27, 2018 2:00 PM

On this segment of The Leaning Edge features Alen Ganic. Alen studied supply chain management and also received CPIM Supply Chain Management certification from APICS (The Association for Operations Management) and Lean certification from Grand Rapids Community College.

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Implementing Lean Practices for Coaching

The Leaning Edge
March 23, 2018 4:00 PM

The Leaning Edge welcomes Theresa Coleman-Kaiser to talk about became Senior Associate Vice President for Administration in 2017 after serving in a variety of administrative and operations positions at Michigan Tech since 1999.

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Using Lean Principles in Japan and Michigan

The Leaning Edge
March 23, 2018 3:00 PM

Mark Graban joins Debra Levantrosser to talk about on this segment of the Leaning Edge. Mark went on a recent trip to Japan and talks about the use of LEAN practices in Japan, and learning from that he can help Michigan in the process.

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Lean Transformation & Visual Management

The Leaning Edge
March 23, 2018 2:00 PM

On this segment of the Leaning Edge is guest Bob Sturza and he covers the importance of visual management. Bob is a performance improvement professional at Covenant Healthcare in Saginaw, MI. He has over 25 years’ experience in plant, field service operations, government and healthcare (inpatient and outpatient). He is proficient in quality engineering techniques including internal and external auditing, Six Sigma, LEAN and supplier development. 

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Training & Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
February 16, 2018 5:00 PM

Debra Levantrosser talks with Todd Sperl managing partner of Lean Fox Solutions. They discuss the journey of a forward thinking, small community hospital that deployed a uniquely different training that incorporated lean management with lean thinking utilizing a non-traditional classroom setting.

 

 

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