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Innovation Excellence | Small Is Good

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Innovation Excellence | Small Is Good

Small Is Good - Smaller is better
If lean has taught us anything, it’s smaller is better. Smaller machines, smaller factories, smaller teams, smaller everything. (Small is Beautiful - Dr. Ernst Friedrich Schumacher) 


The famous Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, said all politics are local. He meant all action happens at the lowest levels (in the districts and neighborhoods), where everyone knows everyone, where the issues are well understood, and the fundamentals are not just talked about, they’re lived. It’s the same with manufacturing. But I’m not talking about local in the geography sense; I’m talking about the neighborhood sense. When manufacturing is neighborhood-local, it’s small, tight, focused and knowledgeable.

We mistakenly think about manufacturing strictly as the process of making things—it’s far more. In the broadest sense, manufacturing is everything: innovation, design, making and service. It’s this broad-sense manufacturing that wil…