Resources

For downloads specific to the TWI Program please visit our TWI Learning Center Downloads page.

Presentations:

Below are the presentations that the members of The Bilas Group, LLC have presented at national and regional conferences, and other venues.

“I LEARN – Implement Lean Educational Administration Now! – Applying Lean Thinking to Educational Administration,” presented by Roger Bilas and Clint Ewell at the 13th Annual National Quality in Education Conference (2005). Download PDF

“Implementing Lean Sigma – Large Scale vs. Focused Improvement,” presented by Roger Bilas during a break-out session during the Lean Six Sigma Conference hosted by the Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College (2006). Download PDF

“Why Is Continuous Improvement So Hard to Make Continuous,” presented by Roger Bilas during a break-out session during the Lean Six Sigma Conference hosted by the Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College (2006). Download PDF

“Lean Sigma – The Power of Two,” presented by Roger Bilas during as the kick-off presentation for the Lean Six Sigma Conference hosted by the Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College (2006). Download PDF

“Six Sigma Commitment Matrix,” presented by Roger Bilas during a break-out session during the Lean Six Sigma Conference held by the Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College (2006). Download PDF

“TWI Case Study: Year Two of an OpEx Implementation,” presented by Roger Bilas at the the 2008 Scanlon Conference in Dearborn, MI (2008). Download PDF

“Training Within Industry: An Overview with Special Focus on the JI 4-Step Method of Instruction,” presented by Roger Bilas and Carole Holyan at the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA) Annual Conference (2009). Download PDF

“Training Within Industry: An Overview Beginning with the JI 4-Step Method of Instruction,” presented by Roger Bilas at an AME Regional Meeting in Cleveland, OH (2009). Download PDF

“Training Within Industry: An Overview and Practical Demonstration,” presented by Roger Bilas at Lakeland Community College in Kirtland, OH (2011). Download PDF

Articles/Bibliographies:

Jim Huntzinger, founder of the TWI Lean Summit, has written several informative articles regarding the development and application of the Training Within Industry program.  Two of his most referenced works are listed below.

Huntzinger, Jim.  2002.  “Roots of Lean: Training Within Industry: Origin of Kaizen.”  Target Vol. 18, No. 1,  pp. 6-19. Download PDF

Huntzinger, Jim.  2006.  “Why Standard Work is not Standard:  Training Within Industry Provides an Answer.” Target Vol. 22, No. 4, pp. 7-13. Download PDF

Links:

ArtOfLean.com is Art Smalley’s website devoted to lean manufacturing and principles. Art includes many free downloads with resources he has collected during his time as a Sensei working for Toyota in Japan which include papers and presentations on basic stability, lean and Training Within Industry (TWI).

SuperFactory.com is a great website for articles on numerous continuous improvement techniques and methods.

SchwarzAssociates.com is a website created by Roger Schwarz, author of the book The Skilled Facilitator. I believe that his ground rules and techniques for reducing or overcoming organizational defensive routines are a fundamental prerequisite of continuous improvement, much like basic stability or standardized work are mandatory before more advanced techniques of improvement are possible.

TWISummit.com is Jim Huntzinger’s website with a description of the upcoming annual TWI summit and archives of past summit activities.

TWI-Institute.com is the website for the TWI Institute, the organization that has been instrumental in re-introducing the TWI programs back to the U.S.  Roger Bilas is currently a Master Trainer for the Institute as well as a trainer in all of their J-programs.

TrainingWithinIndustry.net is the website run by Bryan Lund.  Bryan, along with Mark Warren, have recovered from the National Archives and posted in raw form many of the TWI manuals and other documents from the original beginnings through several iterations.  It’s a good site to find the original materials.