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Who or What Is Your Next B.O.S.S.—Business Operating System Strategy™

As explained in the last article, Deming and Drucker were instrumental in taking manufacturing from individual craftsmanship to modern automated production at volume with repeatable quality in all aspects of dimensions, performance, and characteristics. They were advocates of eliminating waste and continuous improvement. They even went so far as to develop similar processes and attitudes in administrative functions. As good as the Quality Management Systems they developed are, they don’t tell the whole story of what it takes to run a manufacturing business, let alone a services or e-commerce business.

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I was touring a factory earlier this month in the heartland of the USA. I saw stamping equipment, wire benders, plastic injection molding equipment, printed circuit board placement, and much more. I keyed in on the utilization rate of the equipment. I was born in the city of Detroit, Michigan and my family all worked…

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The Value of Springing Back

Springs are used in everything imaginable. Anything with a battery has a metal spring or two to provide the electrical connections. Cars and trucks, trains and planes all use springs to make the ride on the ground more comfortable. Springs help to close doors and cabinets. Springs are used in cardiac pacemakers. Hundreds of companies,…

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