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					                    Advanced Manufacturing News
Volume 4, Issue 6                                                                             March 18, 2005


          Inside:
                Lean Education? Good Idea!                                 Page 1
                When Will Lean Get Its Due?                                Page 3                     Events & Learning
                A Different Note on Outsourcing and Off-shoring            Page 3                       Opportunities
                Special Interest Groups                                    Page 3

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                                                                                                     Canada's Largest Medical
Lean Education? Good Idea!                                                                           Devices Partnering
    According to a recent report from the Frontier Centre for Public Policy, Manitoba has the        Symposium
most expensive public education system in Canada. “Manitoba continues to spend more per              March 20-21, 2005
capita on public elementary and secondary education than the Canadian average. When                  Fairmont Winnipeg
benchmarked against affordability, Manitoba has the most expensive public school system.”            Details:
    Let’s dream a little. What would happen if our educators and policymakers would apply            http://www.westlink.ca/techm
some lean thinking to our strained public education system? Imagine if they concentrated on          ed/
the education value stream with the end product being high-quality educated children. And,
imagine if schools were put on the road to continuous improvement, including                         Coaching, Mentoring &
benchmarking and performance evaluation. What if schools had to compete with their                   Motivating (performance
product? What if they managed their schools based on a product that the market needs and a           management)
price that it’s willing to pay? No, I don’t mean selling children -- I mean, a high-quality          April 7, 2005 - 8:15 a.m. to
education at a price we can afford to pay. DREAM ON?                                                 4:15 p.m.
    In a recent article, Bob Emiliani from The Center for Lean Business Management, suggests         Details: Details:
that “the time is right for higher education administrators, faculty,                                http://www.qnet.mb.ca/events
and staff to begin applying Lean management to their business.                                       2004/events.htm
The consequences of not doing so could be fatal.”
    What has this got to do with manufacturing? When we’re                                           Innovation: Get it
talking about educated, skilled workers coming up through the                                        Started....Keep it Going -
current educational system to fill positions in your organization,                                   breakfast session
this has a lot to do with you, if not your children. Also, what                                      April 15, 2005, 7:30 - 9:00
could happen to education is no different than what is happening                                     a.m.
right now with industries like manufacturing.                                                        Details:
    What Emiliani is concerned about specifically is the situation with colleges and universities.   http://www.qnet.mb.ca/events
But I think it holds true for education in general – perhaps with variations in process and          2004/events.htm
outcomes.
                                                                                                     Principles of Human
    Educational institutions, like manufacturers, are struggling to deliver valuable services
                                                                                                     Resource Management
while maintaining a good financial position. The difference, though, is that they often go to
                                                                                                     April 21, 2005 - 8:15 a.m. to
donors to make up the difference or pass the increased cost onto their customer, who are not
                                                                                                     4:15 p.m.
only students and their parents, but also companies, and government agencies that fund
                                                                                                     Details:
research.
                                                                                                     http://www.qnet.mb.ca/events
    The rising cost of higher education often exceeds the rate of inflation. This can’t continue
                                                                                                     2004/events.htm
indefinitely. With population decline, no doubt there are going to be fewer college age
students. According to Emiliani, higher education administrators are facing such challenges as:
     • Oversupply of capable higher education service providers
     • Degree programs that are not differentiated between competitors
     • Growth of for-profit educational service providers
     • Growth of the distance education market via the Internet
     • Having to compete on the basis of price


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                        Advanced Manufacturing News
Volume 4, Issue 6                                       March 18, 2005                                                   Page 2

                                                                                                               Building a Resilient
                                               Because education standards have become
                                                                                                               Organizational Culture
                                           more harmonized around the world, a degree from
                                                                                                               (managing change &
                                           one school in North America is virtually equivalent
                                                                                                               conflict)
                                           to the same degree offered by a school in                           May 5, 2005 - 8:15 a.m. to
                                           Germany. Here’s where manufacturers and other                       4:15 p.m.
                                           employers come in. Wouldn’t you now, as the                         Details:
                                           customer, seek to fill positions based on the                       http://www.qnet.mb.ca/events
                                           needed capability at the lowest price? If off-                      2004/events.htm
                                           shoring of knowledge workers continues, and job
                                           losses are apparent, it will also impact the salaries               Project Management
                                           of the workers that are lucky enough to keep their                  Workshop
jobs in North America. And, if students are thinking they may not have jobs that can be                        May 25 & 26, 2005, 8:15-
outsourced off-shore, they will be moving to jobs that can’t be, those in service industries and               4:15
seeking the education required to be nurses, plumbers, carpenters, and hotel managers.                         Eligible for credit in CAM:OE
What NOT To Do!                                                                                                Details:
                                                                                                               http://www.qnet.mb.ca
The institutions that are willing to face the reality may choose to adapt the way many
managers do. They can lay people off, cut programs, reduce services, close secondary Implementing &
campuses. But the results are always negative: unhappy customers and workers, and low Sustaining Lean
morale in the workplace.                                                                                      Thinking Across the
                                                                                                              Enterprise
What To DO!                                                                                                   Jun 6-10, 2005
A better way to deal with reality would be to implement Lean as a way to reduce costs, Edmonton, AB
improve quality, simplify processes, gain market share, stabilize employment, and satisfy Details: www.ame.org
customers.
                                                                                                              10th World Congress
There are always challenges. There’s a common bias that Lean is only for manufacturing for Total Quality
Institutions, such as those in higher education, need to remember that students are customers! Management
                                                                                                              August 22-24, 2005
Some Resources:                                                                                               Winnipeg MB
     • Better thinking, better results : using the power of lean as a total business solution / Bob Emiliani; Details: www.world-
          with David Stec, Lawrence Grasso, and James Stodder. 1st ed. Kensington, Conn. : Center for Lean    congress.ae
         Business Management, c2003.
    •    Building a project-driven enterprise : how to slash waste and boost profits through lean project
         management / Ronald Mascitelli / Northridge, CA Technology Perspectives 2002
    •    The Complete lean enterprise : value stream mapping for administrative and office processes / Beau
         Keyte and Drew Locher. New York : Productivity Press, c2004.
    •    The lean extended enterprise : moving beyond the four walls to value stream excellence / Terence T.
         Burton, Steven M. Boeder. Boca Raton, Fla. : J. Ross Pub., c2003.
    •    Lean in Higher Education. Bob Emiliani, Center for Lean Business Management.
         http://www.superfactory.com/articles/lean_higher_ed.aspx
    •    Manitoba Has Most Expensive Public Education System in Canada
         Frontier Centre for Public Policy, February 2005.
         http://www.fcpp.org/pdf/FC18PublicSchoolSpending2003.pdf




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                        Advanced Manufacturing News
Volume 4, Issue 6                                      March 18, 2005                                       Page 3

When Will Lean Get Its Due?
    Is the NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome still too strong for North America? Industry
analysts predict Toyota will soon pass DaimlerChrysler to join the ranks of the U.S. Big Three.
In the global market, Toyota has already eclipsed Ford as the world's second-largest carmaker
and at its current pace could overtake General Motors in the No. 1 slot within the next two
years.
    Indeed, by nearly every measure, Toyota is the world's best auto manufacturer. It may be
the world's best manufacturer, period. Consider: last year, Toyota's worldwide sales leapt 10%,
to 7.5 million vehicles, posting strong growth in all regions. But Toyota has long since kicked
the Japanese habit of chasing sales and market share at the expense of profit. Earnings in
fiscal 2003, which ended in March, jumped 67% to $10.3 billion—more than the profits of GM,
Ford, DaimlerChrysler, and Volkswagen combined.

Fortune Magazine, February 7, 2005

A Different Note on Outsourcing and Off-shoring
    According to a new MAPI/Mfg Alliance report, outsourcing, off-shoring, and restructuring
are not the main causes of the shrinking manufacturing base and weak job growth. MAPI
Economist, Daniel J Meckstroth, noted in the 1-yr period ending in Q1 2004, 11% of all
manufacturing plants opened and 14% closed. From a peak of 375,000 plants in 1998, the
total number of plants fell 9% to 340,000 in early 2004. It is the decline in new plants that
helps explain the lack of job creation. If the “outsourcing and off-shoring” were the cause of
the shrinking manufacturing base, then the data would show an accelerated pace of plant
closures, which it doesn't. For more information, go to http://www.mapi.net


Special Interest Groups
    A Special Interest Group (sometimes called a Technology Interest Group) is a community
with a particular interest in a specific technical area. It is usually abbreviated SIG. Thus there
are SIGs for almost any topic you can think of. Members of a SIG cooperate to affect or
produce solutions within their particular area, meeting regularly for the purpose of networking
and learning. They may also undertake to provide regular updates on topics chosen by the
group in order to stay on the edge of technology and the industry itself. In recent months there
have been two SIGs started in Manitoba.
    The VR, Modelling, Visualization, & Simulation SIG is currently being coordinated out of
the Virtual Reality Centre. If you have an interest in learning more and participating in this
group, you can contact the Virtual Reality Centre at info@virtualrealitycentre.ca or call 945-
5091.
    The recent Composites session with Louis Luedtke from the National Composites Centre
and Sean McKay of the Composites Innovation Centre was the genesis of another SIG on
Composites. If you are interested in learning more about this group and how you can be
involved, contact the Composites Innovation Centre, CIC@compositesinnovation.ca or call
262-3400.




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