Editor-in-Chief, Industry Week
The dictionary defines “manufacturing” as “the making or producing of anything.” This definition equally applies to providing clean hotel rooms, teaching in a classroom, building cars, or even brewing beer. In reality, most of us are manufacturers. Therefore, understanding and adapting the best-practices from traditional manufacturing sectors, provides the greatest gains in productivity and innovation for the rest of us. Read More >
The Toyota System: How Lean Developed
How LEAN Developed
Patricia takes the audience on a whirlwind tour of how companies today are leveraging the 8 technologies that have redefined business. As noted by McKinsey, “The cross-cutting nature of many of these disruptive technologies reinforces the ongoing convergence of production and innovation, manufacturing and services, and material and digital.” These technologies include the following: Read More >
The Innovation Imperative: Sustaining Product & Process Development Read More >
In this presentation, Patricia identifies the three critical elements of an innovation strategy: People, Process, and Technology. During the first part – Developing a Lean Culture – she describes how successful companies create a culture of innovation that permeates every position. These companies demonstrate that innovation must flourish in every part of the business – from the front-line customer service provider, to the back office administration, and from the C-suite, to the product development team, skunk works, and R&D lab – as well as showing you how to achieve it.
In the second part, Lean Product and Process Development, Patricia details how companies dumped the traditional, plodding stage-gate product development approach in favor of a dynamic, fast-paced, frequent series of decisions that produce not only a new product, but the product’s next several generations. Based on the renowned Toyota Product Development System, this approach is designed to keep companies several steps ahead of competitors who copy, by building a process in which new product and engineering knowledge is gained—and leveraged—every step of the way.
In a fast-paced finish, Technological Transformations, Patricia will show how the powerful combination of a lean culture, combined with a disciplined approach to product and process development, supercharges the adoption of the latest technologies – creating a self-reinforcing, self-sustaining innovation strategy. Read Less ^
In this keynote, Patricia distills extensive proprietary research and numerous in-depth interviews into an informative presentation, describing the successful workforce strategies employed by the world’s most successful companies. The strategies detailed in this presentation will help you transform your employees into entrepreneurs who are ready, willing, and able to cut costs, innovate new products and service offerings, develop a more effective work processes—and to grow your business’ bottom line. Panchak delves further, into not only “WHAT” companies do, but also the “HOW.”
Everyone understands the importance of engaged employees, but contrary to popular belief, companies don’t create engaged employees…they create the environment in which employees BECOME engaged. The case studies Patricia shares will show you how to create such an environment.
The nation is once again waking up to a fundamental fact: Manufacturing remains the driving force of the U.S. economy. Drawing on the latest research, and tracking the misconceptions about manufacturing, Patricia shows how “third-wave” thinking has set back manufacturing public policy and business strategy for nearly two decades. She’ll help you understand and leverage to your advantage: Read More >
Audiences will leave with a new understanding of the manufacturing business strategies that help world-class manufacturers stay ahead of the competition, as well as with a renewed resolve that manufacturing businesses are NOT relics of the nation’s past, but rather are the vanguard of its future.
In this upbeat, yet down-to-earth analysis of U.S. manufacturing’s strengths and weaknesses, Patricia reveals the true next-generation nature of today’s manufacturing businesses. Weaving together historical views of manufacturing, and digging deep to uncover the source of (and debunk) many manufacturing myths – she describes: Read More >
You will leave this presentation with a firm understanding of how companies find and maintain a competitive edge, and how you can do the same. Read Less ^
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