Case Studies

While past performance may not be indicative of future results in the financial markets, it certainly bears consideration when making investment decisions. The same goes with leading Lean initiatives and problem solving. Here are some case studies detailing examples from each of our various consulting services:

New! Iowa Lean Champions!

Serious about establishing a Lean culture within your organization? Really serious? We’re extremely proud to count the 2015 and 2016 Iowa Lean Champions (as named by the Iowa Lean Consortium) as clients … and friends! Both are tremendous role models for any leader contemplating a Lean culture for their organization.

Sustaining 5S

Having trouble holding on to improvements? Here's what a group of Danfoss managers did to sustain 5S gains in a challenging environment:

Lean Healthcare

When Lean's done right, customers, owners and employees benefit. Here's a case study outlining how Mary Greeley Medical Center in Ames utilized Standard Work to benefit all stakeholders ... a true sustainable improvement.

Lean Government

Or read what Fort Dodge City Manager David Fierke wrote in June 2010 to The Messenger summarizing the first year of their Lean initiative:

Here's David's 2011 report on Lean progress to The Messenger :

Wondering what Lean looks like from an employee's perspective? Read what Fort Dodge Administrative Assistant Heidi Kalvig had to say in the March/April 2011 edition of OfficePro magazine:

Read how a group of 4-H moms teamed up with staff members from ISU Extension & Outreach and Brimeyer LLC to define a new process that has become a national best practice.

How did the Public Works Dept. in the City of Fort Dodge quadruple the amount of concrete patching of streets with the same number of workers? Read the article below:

What people are saying

Rick is great to work with. He is not just another consultant.  Because of his style and approach, my staff has accepted him as part of the management team. He has conducted leadership and management training. He has facilitated several kaizen events. All have been very successful.

Best of all, he has kept our focus on cultural change. No Lean transformation will be successful without culture change. He has kept us on that path, and we are seeing our best results from the daily improvements stemming from the cultural change.”

- David Fierke

City Manager,

Fort Dodge, IA

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