Friday, September 23, 2005

The Paradigm Network

Attended the monthly meeting of the Paradigm Network of Central Indiana this morning in Indianapolis. Paradigm is a group consortium of local manufacturers working together to improve their business through lean methods. Our group is led by Mark Ippolito and Bob Thompson, doing an excellent job of helping companies on their lean journey. We covered the topics of lean culture change and sustaining the lean effort. More on that later!

Lean IDEA: Find a local group or start one of your own in your area to share your lean knowledge and experiences. Together we can all gain in strength. If you are from the Indy area and interested in the group, send me an email.


Mark Graban said...

In Phoenix, there is a group called the "Valley Lean Council" (Phoenix being the "Valley of the Sun).

The group is informal and meets quarterly, including lean people from companies such as Honeywell, Medtronic, Boeing, General Dynamics, and even a hospital, among others. The group does a tour and knowledge exchange at one company's factory each time and compares notes. It's a very effective and worthwhile group, with very little overhead.

Anonymous said...

This is how the market actually works. Companies who are branded as competitors are working together for a common goal. Don't see this as a cartel because the aim of this group is for the betterness of the whole market and all of its entities.