Articles by Darren Dolcemascolo

  1. Value Stream Mapping For Medical Device Companies, Part 2

    In this edition of Thinking Lean, we are going to complete our two-part series on value stream mapping. In the part one of the series, we addressed the concepts of value stream identification and current state mapping.  In this article, we will talk about mapping the future state and creating a value stream plan.

  2. Value Stream Mapping For Medical Device Companies, Part 1

    In this edition of Thinking Lean, we are going to address value stream mapping, which is a high-level, strategic methodology for developing an improvement plan for a product or service line. Value stream mapping is used to identify and then work toward a future state following the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) methodology introduced in our last article. Value stream mapping can be used in the medical device world for analyzing and improving order fulfillment, product development, and even support processes.

  3. How To Apply Lean Problem Solving In Your Medical Device Operations

    In the first installment of Thinking Lean, I introduced the basic philosophy of lean and an overview of its tools and methods. In this article, I will talk about the most foundational aspect of lean — lean problem solving — and will provide a step-by-step process for applying this approach within a medical device company.

  4. An Introduction To Lean For Medical Device Manufacturers

    This is the first in a series of articles on the ways that medical device manufacturers can transform their operations — and gain a competitive advantage in the market — by implementing lean strategies. In this installment, Darren Dolcemascolo, senior partner and co-founder of EMS Consulting Group, discusses the framework for lean manufacturing and why it is particularly useful to those in the medical device industry.