I'm working on a couple of original pieces for Lean Reflections, but in the meantime, this compilation will have to suffice. (Feels kind of like cheating, though.) A few of my favorite lean and quality blog posts this week:
Transcending silos is a management power that is sadly lacking in most companies, but Jon Miller expands on a Newsweek article about Cisco Systems in his post, Leaders who think across silos.
Do sewing operators refuse to change? asks Kathleen Fasanella in her Fashion Incubator blog. She's implemented lean in a number of American apparel manufacturing settings, and analyzed many others. She knows they will change once they see that a properly set-up cell will get engagement. She gives a tip of the hat to Len Egan, who helped me write about how GoodGlove Inc. used lean to beat offshore competition making baseball gloves in Massachusetts for AME's Target magazine last month.
How it was... Download and read this for free... Work for Women Suggesting that women could become industrial designers, George Manson wrote in 1883, "Men still hold the best positions, and they receive large salaries, from $1,000 to $4,000 a year. In the present condition of affairs, hedged in as the female industrial designer is by the masculine doubt of the employer as to her ability, and the masculine jealousy of the employé whose work she seeks to do, it would be the best plan for her to do piece-work at her own home, or office." Manson describes other good careers for women such as feather curling, nursing, being a book agent, poultry raising, and button-hole making.