Precursors to Lean – Mediterranean Ship Building?

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From 1899-1905,

The Wright Brothers invented Knowledge Based Development (Lean Product & Process Development), evolved from their goal to study and advance the knowledge of flight.

At the same time, some shipbuilding references exhibited elements of lean practice (if you do your research, you’ll notice some non-lean elements also):

From 1899-1902,

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"The Royal Naval Dockyard at Portsmouth could build more rapidly than any other private or naval yard. Portsmouth's record building time for a battleship was 31 months; Fisher wanted the Dreadnought built in 12.

-          7 hull models were built and tested. A shape was found which would require only 23,000 horsepower, not 28,000 as expected to drive 17,000 tons through the water at 21 knots, carrying 10 twelve inch guns, each capable of hurling an 850 lb. projectile.

Novelty was introduced as simplicity. Saving in lead time was achieved by standardization.

On December 11, 1906, 3 weeks short of Fisher's accelerated schedule, H.M.S. Dreadnought was accepted into the Royal Navy.  10 months from launching to full commissioning in the navy had never been equaled in the history of capital ships."


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In 1400,

at the 46 hectare Arsenale di Venezia (Venice) dockyard, a production capacity of 6 galleys/ month was reached by the 1500’s.  They standardized ships, developed a new galley using less timber, and a standard frame.  Production occurred onsite for rope & armoury.  Modular construction and elements of one piece flow were also used.   Multiple designs were produced including the Mediterranean Brigantine, Galiot, Fusta, and Galea Bastarda.  At its peak in the 1600s the dockyard was turning out 1 ship a day.

Will the Eagles learn to exploit inefficiencies in football?

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It may not be as factual / data based as the Oakland Athletics baseball run in 2002 (see 'A Lean guy watches Moneyball) or how the San Francisco Golden State Warriors Revolutionized Basketball,

read this article today and am interested to see how the Eagles do - not this season - but the next 2-3 seasons if they adopt a fact / data based approach to identifying the inefficiencies in football and exploit them.

*side note - still wish LeSean McCoy was with the Eagles; would love to see Buffalo win at some point now that he's with them



Initiating Service Excellence practices in the Canadian Federal Goverment

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After some initial emails starting June 2017, received an invitation to speak with Kent Hehr MP Calgary Center to suggest introducing service excellence practices to the Canadian Federal Government. 

Used examples Washington has achieved, published in their 2014 & 2018 Results Washington reports you can see here:

2014 December Lean/Performance Management: Quantifying Results and Exploring the Viability of Self-Funding (PDF) 

January 2018: Results Washington Annual Report (PDF)