25 Years of Competing Ideas

For 25 years, Wayne Chaneski has written about lean manufacturing, training and management issues related to manufacturing in his Modern Machine Shop column, “Competing Ideas.” He retired and wrote his last installment of the column in 2020. Here is a collection of some favorite pieces from this column, just as they appeared in the magazine. Not just the graphic presentation, but also the physical size of Modern Machine Shop has changed during the years the column has run. We think you’ll agree the insights about how to effectively manage and organize a small manufacturing facility or enterprise remain as timely as when they were first published. Enjoy.

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