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TGG Board Member, John Biedry, was the chairperson for the Operational Excellence & Process Transformation Summit held in Boston, Mass in November 2019. Knowing the important role Lean plays in operations and processes, he invited our President Zack Guthrie to be a speaker at the event. John also spoke at the event (pictured below).

Zack was one of 25 speakers and led two sessions during the three-day conference. The first was on our “tgg Playbook” which lays out the four components of Lean transformation: Enterprise Alignment, Develop Scientists, Process Confirmation, and Continuous Results. The second session focused on Leader Standard Work (LSW) and the importance of strategic alignment.

Interested in learning more about our Playbook? Visit this page to learn about the tools tgg utilizes that make up each of these four components.  

Would you like to have Zack speak at one of your events? Contact us today!


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In November of 2019, Zack and Phil traveled to Canada to facilitate a team-building exercise as part of a large training event for Nissan field staff. They ran our PROD Simulation, which teaches Lean concepts in a fun and interactive way, with over 50 members of the technical sales team. By the end of the training team members had the skills to identify areas of waste and find opportunities for process improvements.     

For more information on the PRODSim, visit

If you’re interested in team-building exercises or Lean Six Sigma training contact us today.


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Have you ever wondered what IS Lean Six Sigma? How is it beneficial to me or my company? Does it actually work? If so, then we have an opportunity you don’t want to miss! Join us for a webinar on Thursday, August 15th at 11:00am and learn more about the basics of Lean Six Sigma.

After this presentation, you will…

  • Understand the basics of Lean and Six Sigma
  • Be able to identify eight different types of waste
  • Understand the importance of standardization
  • Know about management styles and the mechanics of change

Click here to register and reserve your webinar seat.

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Event Consultant: Zack Guthrie

Event Description: Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) Train The Trainer Event

Event Location: Fort Worth, Texas


Problem Statement:

  • The Make-Ready time for ABC was above average. The target is to reduce the average M/R time by 20%.

Event Objectives:

  • Improve Safety
  • Reduce Make-Ready Time.
  • Identify all external make-ready activities.
  • Streamline all internal make-ready activities.
  • Clearly define simultaneous internal make-ready activities responsibilities and timing.
  • Organize and define 5S activities as it relates to Make-Ready.
  • Replicate to other Presses
  • Create Make-Ready Standard Work and targets.

Improvements Implemented:

  • 18 safety hazards were corrected, including replacing cracked electrical outlets, repairing stair gaps, and implementing the use of a dolly to decrease the risk of injury when moving large objects.
  • Using 5s practices we reduced waiting and waste of motion by creating a shadow board for tools, a Make-Ready portable kit with needed supplies, a staging area for “Next Job” material, as well as dedicated areas for completed jobs and other material.   
  • Created standard work for multiple processes to reduce variation and provide training documentation. Also created a Gantt chart for Make-Ready standard work with visual components for a medium complexity change-over.  
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Define your Problem Statement.

The first step towards breaking your organizational log jams is identifying and verbalizing the challenge you're facing. What are you trying to solve? This simple Problem Statement exercise can have profound implications for your team. It helps you define the issue and gives TGG some sense of where the soft spots could be in your Order to Cash process. We invite you to take a few moments to fill out this form. A TGG consultant will contact you shortly to discuss your Problem Statement and provide some insight on how we may be able to help.

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