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Michigan Author talks about Lean Practices

The Leaning Edge
June 26, 2017 4:00 PM

Gene Goodson high res.jpgGene Goodson, Michigan Author, talks with Debra Levantrosser about his new book: Rate Lean: Fast. He discusses how to rate your plant for Lean – Fast.

Dr. Goodson has unique expertise in his Rapid Plant Assessment process. He has taught this lean tool in several courses to MBAs in the business school building a database of over 800 plant tour reports prepared by students taking the course. Further, he has been engaged by over 30 companies over the last 12 years to conduct RPA workshops at their facilities. In these workshops, he has taught the RPA process to hundreds of company participants.

He also continues to conduct workshops for Michigan Engineering lean certification courses. Over 500 company participants have thus been introduced to the RPA process. Due to these experiences, Dr. Goodson has developed the RPA tool to a highly useful state important to lean transformations. As a result, the process is used by many companies as their main lean assessment tool.

Companies that have engaged Dr. Goodson for RPA workshops include, NUMMI, Ingersol Rand, UPS, BorgWarner, Parker Powis, Honeywell, Ball Aerospace, QuadGraphics, Schlumberger, AIP Aerospace, Alticor, ABB, MANN+HUMMEL, Thetford, Guardian Glass, Williams Controls, Southwall Technologies, Behr, Cummins, Danotek, eControls, Jervis-Webb, MCI, ITT, UTC, Morbark, Bergstrom, E-One, Fleetwood, Wheeled Coach, Magna, Siemans and others.

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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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