On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of October 5


Why Do So Many Lean Efforts Fail?  IndustryWeek 10/8
“There’s been a problem simmering in the lean world for years. The problem is the overwhelmingly high failure rate. What failure means is subject to interpretation but the available surveys and studies done reflect a large problem. In my view, it’s time for deeper reflection. . . .”

Trucker Pay Increasing as Driver Shortage Grows, Industry Capacity Tightens Transport Topics 10/7
“As capacity tightens in the trucking industry, some carriers are beginning to announce pay hikes. While the frequency of these increases are not yet nearing the rapid pace of hikes the industry saw during the busy year of 2018, some industry watchers said they would not be surprised to see more jumps. . . .”

At a Crossroads: Manufacturing Needs A New Employment Attitude IndustryWeek 10/7
“Dealing with the pandemic has unfurled a profound discussion on the fundamental tenets of workforce culture. . . .”

Lean manufacturing’s role in business development.  The Fabricator 10/5
“If your company has invested in lean processes, you have a marketable asset. If you’re beginning the lean journey, you should be thinking about how this can be a marketable asset. If your company has no intention of exploring and implementing lean ways of conducting business, others might just leave you in their dust. . . .”

Girls’ Interest in Computer Science Still a Challenge.  Gallup 10/6
“Emblematic of the barriers to learning computer science that girls have faced for years, a new Google/Gallup report shows that girls are less likely than boys to express interest in pursuing a career in computer science. About one in eight girls (12%) in grades seven through 12 in the U.S. say they are likely to pursue a career in computer science someday. Nearly three times as many boys (33%) say they are likely to pursue a career in this field. . . .”

Manufacturing Outlook Quality Magazine 10/2
“If you’re looking for some guidance on what the future holds for manufacturing, the National Association of Manufacturers has some ideas. . . .”

Ways to Effectively Address Supply-Chain Risk Laid Bare by COVID-19.  SME 10/2
“When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many aerospace and defense manufacturers realized they were not resilient enough to withstand the resulting challenges in their supply chains. In many cases, the pandemic brought to light problems that already existed, including over-reliance on single-source suppliers, too few suppliers, too much emphasis on the lowest bidder and a lack of visibility into the entire supply chain, industry leaders said. . . .”