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Welcome to the Manufacturers Alliance podcast where we help everyone who works in manufacturing become a better leader and problem solver so all manufacturers can remain competitive.

Manufacturers Alliance Podcast Kirby Sneen

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Welcome to the Manufacturers Alliance podcast where we help everyone who works in manufacturing become a better leader and problem solver so all manufacturers can remain competitive.

    How to Create a Value Stream Map

    How to Create a Value Stream Map

    In this episode, Kirby Sneen and Kacinda Ruiz dive into how to create value stream maps. Discover practical tips and real-world insights on creating and optimizing value stream maps to identify hidden inefficiencies and drive strategic improvements.
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    • 28 min
    Having Tough Conversations with Confidence

    Having Tough Conversations with Confidence

    In this episode, learn how to have tough conversations with confidence. Kirby Sneen shares his insights on navigating what could be nerve-wracking moments, whether it’s giving performance feedback, letting someone go, or addressing a sensitive issue.
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    • 20 min
    How to Have a Successful 6 Sigma Project

    How to Have a Successful 6 Sigma Project

    Join Kirby Sneen and Jeremy Blake as they discuss keys to successful Green Belt Projects. With years of experience and thousands of projects reviewed, they’ve learned what truly works—and what doesn’t. Whether you’re battling constraints like limited time, lack of support, or shifting priorities, this episode will give you guidance. Tune in to discover the essential inputs needed for a great 6 Sigma project and learn how to steer clear of common pitfalls. 
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    • 22 min
    Developing a Global Operations Strategy

    Developing a Global Operations Strategy

    More and more manufacturers are popping up new plants in countries around the globe in order to remain competitive, as we've seen this happen we got curious about how you manage them all effectively and how you might manage the cultural, regulatory, and logistical differences?
    In this episode, Kirby talks with Arvind Sharma, a global manufacturing leader for major manufacturers here in MN and beyond on the topic of global operations strategy. 
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    • 25 min
    Blake Explores Manufacturing

    Blake Explores Manufacturing

    If you’ve ever wondered how to talk to your kids about your job or are looking for an easy way to support more kids learning about manufacturing your going to love this conversation. Keep listening and I promise you’ll feel equipped to talk to anyone about your profession in manufacturing.
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    • 23 min
    Learning to Deal with Conflict

    Learning to Deal with Conflict

    Everyone needs a plan to prevent or be prepared to deescalate conflict. For all kinds of practical tips and real world experience on how you can learn how to deal with conflict enjoy this conversation with HR leader Jessica Lyons.
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    • 21 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

LisaIsHereForIt ,

A must-listen for anyone in manufacturing!👍

It’s obvious Kirby puts extraordinary effort in covering salient manufacturing topics and finding guests who are knowledgeable and truly care about being a positive force in this space - the insights they bring to bear are useful and actionable. Keep up the great work, Kirby!

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