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SME Releases the Kaizen Event Fieldbook


(October 26, 2009) DEARBORN, MI — The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) published Kaizen Event Fieldbook: Foundation, Framework & Standard Work for Effective Events, which details the strategies, tools, and techniques necessary for conducting effective lean events
 
Kaizen event effectiveness is a prerequisite for lean transformation success. While the engine of any lean transformation is people, the kaizen event is the primary vehicle for engaging their hearts and minds. The Fieldbook is a tool for teaching and engaging employees at all levels as a company seeks to institute and sustain changes.
 
Ineffective kaizen events can quickly derail lean implementation, says Arthur Byrne, operating partner of J.W. Childs Associates. “The Fieldbook positions both the practitioner and the lean leader to work a lot smarter and more effectively.” It was designed to answer the needs of both the newly engaged and the experienced lean practitioner. Readers will get an understanding of the essential whys and hows of conducting effective kaizen events. The Fieldbook reviews the foundation required for implementing a successful kaizen event, from the initial strategy development to the event execution to the follow-through, with attention to the emotional buy-in of staff.

The Fieldbook is authored by Mark R. Hamel, a lean six sigma implementation consultant. He has played a role in lean implementations across a broad range of industries such as aerospace and defense, automotive, building products, business services, durable goods, healthcare, and transportation services. He facilitated hundreds of kaizen events and conducted numerous training sessions and workshops. He holds a BS in mathematics from Trinity College, a MS in professional accounting from the University of Hartford and a MA in theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary. Hamel is Juran certified as a six-sigma black belt and assisted in the development of the SME/AME/Shingo Lean Certification program.
 
The book can be ordered online (SME members receive a discount) or call 800.733.4763. Outside the U.S. and Canada, call: 313.425.3000, ext. 4500.

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) is a source for manufacturing knowledge, education and networking. Through its many programs, events and activities, SME connects manufacturing practitioners to each other, to the latest technology and the most up-to-date processes spanning all manufacturing industries and disciplines, plus the key areas of aerospace and defense, medical device, motor vehicles, including motorsports, and oil and gas. A 501(c)3 organization, SME has members in more than 70 countries and is supported by a network of technical communities and chapters worldwide.

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