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Welcome  to theleansubmariner.com

Over 320,000 views since the beginning of the blog

Over 547 Posts as of December 13, 2016 

More than 156 Countries

(July 2011 – April 2017)

Thank you all for your visits!

 

I hope you have a chance to read some of the stories about life on and around submarines posted here. The web site is searchable and with over 525 stories, our subjects range from early submarine development all the way to present day. There are some “Lean and Six SIgma stories but the majority of the most read stories focus on submarines. Jody Durham’s “Ever a Submariner” remains one of the most visited of all the stories and is well worth the read.

https://theleansubmariner.com/2014/06/07/ever-a-submariner-by-jody-durham-mm2ss-a-gang/

Just slightly ahead in the ranking is one of the posts that started it all:

https://theleansubmariner.com/2013/11/24/id-like-to-be-a-submariner-how-hard-could-that-be/

Finally, let us know you were here. Like us on Facebook or retweet us on your Twitter Account.

Thanks for dropping by.

Mister Mac (and friends)

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About:  Who is the leansubmariner?

(Who I Was)

Retired Navy Chief Warrant Officer (Submarine Engineering Technician) previously Machinist Mate Chief Petty Officer with over twenty years of service. Served on board five nuclear submarines (USS George Washington SSBN598, USS Halibut SSN 587, USS San Francisco SSN711, USS Ohio SSBN726 and USS Indianapolis) and two submarine support vessels (USS Los Alamos AFDB7 and USS Hunley AS31)

Master Training Specialist ~ Analyze ~Design ~Develop ~Deliver ~Evaluator

Toastmaster ~ Writer ~ Consultant ~ Story Teller ~ Award Winning Speaker

Six Sigma Specialist ~ Change Management Agent

Project Manager ~ Lifelong Learner

Lean experience working as a consultant with a number of companies including:

Ford Motor Company, Visteon, Atlantic Automotive, Raytheon, AM General, Shape Corporation, General Motors, ALCOA, Mack Trucks, Volvo, Dyno Nobel, Watts Water Technologies (Dormont )

Multiple Tier One and Tier Two companies including suppliers to Toyota, Mitsubishi, Chrysler and  others

Lean Implementation ~ Lean Integration ~ Lean Innovation

Plant Level ~ Business Area Level ~ Business Unit Level ~ Corporate Level

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(Who I Am Now)

Continuous Improvement Manager for Dormont Manufacturing

(Still available for Speaking, Story Telling and Master of Ceremony duties)

http://bobmacpherson-speaker.info/index.html

Contact directly at bobmac711@live.com

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(Who I Think I Should Be)

Military Historian ~ Submarine History ~ World War 1 ~ World War 2 ~ Cold War ~Naval History

Scottish, Irish and English  History, Stories and Customs

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(Organizations that allow me to be a member assuming I pay my membership fees)

Associations:

Toastmasters International

Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) ~ USSVI Submarine Veterans ~ Navy League ~ American Legion

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What the Lean  in theleansubmariner is about… (congratulations if you have made it this far) 

Lean Manufacturing has spread from the factory floor to every segment of the working community. More and more people are discovering that teamwork, standardization, built-in quality, just in time, and continuous improvement are critical in driving waste out of their systems and giving them a critical advantage in the ever competitive market place.

This Blog will show some ways to adapt the principles and tools. The experience of life aboard submarines prepared me for an eventual role in lean manufacturing with many of the worlds best known names. Now I would like to return the service to those who are on their own lean journeys. I hope the illustrations and stories are useful to you.

I am eternally grateful to all those who have sailed beneath the ocean blue and those who are “On Watch” even as you read this.

Mister Mac

20 comments

  1. Bien, tres bien, Messieur MacPherson.
    Je vois cette blog c’est nouveau. Et, je voudrais un bon voyage pour cette blog et votre nouveau business. Merci, JA Esq

    • Robert – just checking in after 7-15-11 post above. Just made a referral to your blog. Glad to see you are still blogging and enjoying it. Sis

  2. So tell me where you are practicing Lean. I also spent time on Submarines and now I am a Lean Black Belt. Sounds like our sub days were around the same time.

    • Thanks for your service shipmate. I have updated my “About” page which gives a better picture of what I have been doing recently. I was recently given a great opportunity to seek new adventures and in a number of discussions right now. I appreciate the feedback.

  3. Good morning –

    I thought I’d let you know that your blog entry was included in USEND – Undersea Enterprise News Daily – which is published by the Submarine Force Public Affairs Office. The link to subscribe (if you or anyone is interested is to e-mail marlowe.dix@navy.mil and include in the subject line ‘subscribe to usend.’

    I’m a retired Ships Clerk Warrant Officer. I became the Deputy PAO at SUBLANT after retiring in 1995 and enjoyed working there for five years. I’m now the PAO for Naval Network Warfare Command.

  4. If you are ever in northern New Jersey, come see the USS Ling (SS-297). She’s a balao class submarine that we keep in very good shape at the New Jersey Naval Museum. I give tours through her, create museum trainign documentation and write the free newsletter, “Ling Log”. Contact me, matthew.milsop@yahoo.com if you are interested in recieving it.

  5. HOO-YAH Submariner Warrant! Had the honor myself of “getting to do whatever I wanted” as a Nuke Warrant, serving 34 years, just retiring June 2010.
    LEAN? Leveraging Efficiency Against Notionals, Norms, & Nuckleheads.
    Enjoyed what I’ve read so far; will have to hang out at your spot some more. Always ready to learn something new about leadership and how to apply it on the deckplate.

  6. When were you on Hunley shipmate? I was there in teh early 80s, I left just before whe was relieved by the Simon Lake. I was also at the commissioning of the North Carolina – are you from the Wilmingotn area?

    • Hi Mark. I was on her from 91 – 94 and helped to put her into retirement. She did me the same favor in return. Great group of people and lots of memories.
      Mac

  7. Hello there,

    Thank you very much for subscribing to my blog. I hope my posts don’t disappoint you and that your visits in my blog will always be an enjoyable experience.

    Thank you again, and have a lovely day, my friend! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

  8. Thank you for your service. I was part of the other arm of ASW during the cold war. I flew as an air crewman on the Lockheed Neptune with VP-18 out of Jacksonville Florida in the early 1960s. I’m now following your blog and look forward to reading more of your posts.

    • Welcome aboard. Thank you for your service as well. I thought the Neptune was a great plane. Growing up, I read every Naval Institute Proceedings magazine I could find and remember reading about that plane many times

      • I’ve been reading with great interest some of your posts, comments and replies about the submarine’s mission and some of the crews conducting those activities. Do you happen to know of a website such as yours that is focused on airborne ASW then and how it has evolved into modern day?

  9. Veteran of the Submarine Force myself, E-1 to LCDR (1972-2002) and served on three submarines and two submarine tenders, two tours at COMSUBPAC, tours at CSS8, CSG10 and NTCC Crystal Plaza. USS JOHN MARSHALL (SSBN 611) 72-76, USS MEMPHIS (SSN 691) 76-79, and USS BATON ROUGE (SSN 689) 81-85. Also spent 7 years as a government employee at SPAWAR and several years in private industry with AMSEC LLC. Whew……now I am enjoying retirement.

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