JM at ATC

Presented By:

Tom Albrecht

Session Abstract:

Four years after the Lean journey began, ATC leaders desired to see Lean initiatives grow out of the Master Craftsmen experience rather than the management team.  TWI was started and JI (instruction) and JR (leadership) were well under way.  JM (problem solving) was needed to help maintain momentum and sustain TWI progress.   ATC also needed a way to help line leaders from multiple departments and value streams collaborate.

In this session you will…

  1. Examine the impact of exceptionally detailed information
  2. Discover what JM can bring to a TWI initiative
  3. Witness how JM can stimulate PDCA activity
  4. Observe a positive outcome from risk-taking.

Aluminum Trailer Company has implemented Lean accounting, Kanban, 5S, Kaizen events and divided into three high performing value streams.  Much of this Lean success had resulted from leader driven events and cooperation of staff willing to get on the bus. Today, Lean and TWI are central elements for developing people, managing the business and driving continuous improvement.

Specific Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • how to apply the JM 4-Step method to establish a discipline for process improvement
  • how the rigor and intensity of JM helps line leaders capture current state detail, uncovering waste
  • how JM can foster teamwork across value streams
  • the benefit of using three TWI J-programs

About the Facilitator:

As part of his role at Aluminum Trail Company (ATC) Tom Albrecht is helping to direct a companywide TWI initiative.  Joining ATC in 2011 the TWI program was just beginning.  Tom’s focus at ATC is to lead organization’s TWI program forming documentation and training foundations, communicate the value of TWI, build capability for lean improvement, and assist ATC to become more data driven. Before joining ATC, Tom served as an Account Manager and VP of Business Development for a company specializing in quality software.  Tom has supported Enterprise wide software deployments, managed Fortune 500 accounts, developed new business, assisted international clients and presented at conferences and quality organizations. Tom holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Goshen College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Colorado.