Bruce Hamilton is president of GBMP, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the operational profitability and competitiveness of New England-based companies through Lean and continuous improvement principles. He is also director emeritus for the Shingo Institute, home of the Shingo Prize, and is a senior examiner for the Shingo Prize and a Certified Shingo Institute workshops facilitator. Bruce is a past recipient of the Shingo Prize in both the business and academic categories and inductee to the Shingo Academy (with five awards in all). In 2015 he was inducted into the AME Manufacturing Hall of Fame. He is the creator of Toast Kaizen as well as numerous other award-winning Lean training DVDs, including Lean Policy Deployment. Bruce is co-author of e2 Continuous Improvement System, a comprehensive learn-by-doing guide for Lean transformation. He publishes a blog, Old Lean Dude (about understanding the Toyota Production System), and hosts a free monthly webinar called Tea Time with the Toast Dude. Before joining GBMP, Bruce held management positions in marketing, IT, operations management, and general management and in 1990 led his company, United Electric Controls, to a Shingo Prize. He has been a student of Lean for over 30 years.
Lean Policy Deployment
Most organizations can develop a long list of things of things that are either broken or in need of improvement. It’s not so easy to decide, however, which to do first, and which to put aside. Policy deployment is about surfacing and prioritizing the many improvements you could make to a short doable list. It’s also about linking your strategy to tactical plans and even daily activities and creating a balance between daily work and improvement. And it’s about sharing and aligning your scarce resources to achieve more improvement faster and avoid project overload. Learn the critical points of every key step in the process and use them to assure that your organization’s vision for the future is understood by all and is not just management’s wishful thinking.