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Theory of Base6© – Successfully Implementing the Lean Supply Chain

A featured story (in three parts no less) at the Council of Supply Chain Management’s website describes the Theory of Base6 – Successfully implementing the lean supply chain. The authors of the article are Robert Martichenko and Dr. Thomas Goldsby. In the first part of the article, a list of persistent ideas in business are listed on account o fthe fact that these ideas have some value proposition. The list includes:

  1. Total Quality Management – Dr. W. Edwards Deming influence
  2. Six Sigma – Dr. W. Edwards Deming influence – Motorola and GE developed
  3. Lean Manufacturing – Dr. W. Edwards Deming influence -Taiichi Ohno, Eiji Toyoda, Shigeo Shingo, Toyota Motor Manufacturing developed
  4. Theory of Constraints – Eliyahu Goldratt
  5. ISO Certification – influenced by engineering groups from many countries
  6. Good to Great – Jim Collins
  7. Seven Habits of Highly Effective People – Steven Covey

Further, they distil the above business ideas around six common themes (hence, i suppose the term Base6) which are:

  1. Customer Focus
  2. Vision Deployment
  3. Process Management
  4. Teamwork
  5. Quality at the Root
  6. Continuous Improvement

Each theme is then expanded briefly in their article. I am waiting for the next part in the series to see how these themes are fleshed out in greater detail and how these themes are linked up towards developing and implementing a lean supply chain.

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I am Chris Jacob Abraham and I live, work and blog from Newburgh, New York. I work for IBM as a Senior consultant in the Fab PowerOps group that works around the issue of detailed Fab (semiconductor fab) level scheduling on a continual basis. My erstwhile company ILOG was recently acquired by IBM and I've joined the Industry Solutions Group there.

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July 2006