The Lean Enterprise Institute - www.lean.org
Excellent case studies on lean deployment across
a variety of industries. Very good lean blog where practitioners
ask and answer common questions. Sign up to receive
periodic emails on a variety of lean topics. The bookstore
includes several award-winning lean titles.
The Avraham Goldratt Institute - www.goldratt.com
Eliyahu Goldratt is the father of The Theory
of Constraints, which is more than just a theory. TOC
is a widely-practiced methodology for improving process
performance by managing bottlenecks.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers - www.sme.org
The SME website contains a wealth of information
on process improvement, especially manufacturing processes.
Their videos and DVDs are an excellent addition to any
training library. The site also includes technical information
on a variety of manufacturing processes and systems,
helpful for companies trying to identify and adopt best
practices. See their periodic emails and workshops.
The Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence
The Shingo Prize website is a rich resource for
anyone seeking to understand and pursue process excellence.
The Shingo Prize guidelines and criteria are helpful
for developing a ‘get-to-excellence’ plan
for any business type.
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence
AME’s site is an outstanding tool for manufacturing
and general process excellence.
Workshops and videotapes are excellent quality.
FastCompany Magazine -
FastCompany is a forward-thinking magazine with
thought-provoking articles spanning a range of topics
relevant to business today: leadership, innovation,
culture, and trends.
Harvard Business School Publishing - www.hbsp.harvard.edu
Besides the venerable and well-respected Harvard
Business Review, HBSP provides reprints of articles
going back decades. The works are well-researched, insightful,
and many are watersheds of business management thinking.
Use the search tool to find articles on topics of interest.
The Association for Operations Management (APICS)
This group, formerly known as the American Production
and Inventory Control Society, has kept the “APICS”
acronym, but their new name does better reflect their
broadened focus. The organization provides many resources
for the operations professional.
iSixSigma - www.isixsigma.com
There are many Six Sigma websites out there, but this
one has some very good resources, an active Six Sigma
blog, and stays very current on news and goings-on in
the Six Sigma community.
American Society for Quality - www.asq.org
The American Society for Quality has tools and resources
that extend beyond the world of the quality management
profession. Many of the topics reach into management,
human resources, and any process improvement or innovation
Supply Chain Council - www.supply-chain.org
The Supply Chain Council is mostly focused on vendor
management and logistics. It has many items of interest
for procurement or supply chain management professionals.
InnovateAmerica - www.innovateamerica.org
The website of the Council on Competitiveness is a call
to arms for preserving and strengthening American innovation,
which is the key to U.S. business strength and sustainable
competitiveness in the global marketplace.
National Association of Manufacturers – www.nam.org
The National Association of Manufacturers is devoted
to protecting American manufacturing jobs, which, despite
erosion, still provide the country’s highest paying
jobs, and create more secondary jobs than any other
sector of the economy, such as service industries. The
site includes tools to help make the case for manufacturing