Iowa Prison Industries Adds Lean Metric Boards

“You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” – W. Edwards Deming

W. Edwards Deming was a visionary when it comes to LEAN principles and continuous improvement. And he was correct, there can be no continuous improvement if we do not measure! IPI is focusing efforts to implement Lean Manufacturing in ALL of its operations for 3 main reasons.

  • To provide a safer more efficient work place for everyone.
  • To develop skills and provide learning opportunities and an environment to share ideas for all.
  • To become a better supplier for our customers.

The metrics boards are reviewed and updated daily in each area; anytime a goal is not met, action must be taken. The team must develop a countermeasure plan. Leadership has began regularly scheduled reviews to make sure everyone has the resources they need to get a little bit better every day!

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