Hello, My Name is Leanbot

Hello, my name is Leanbot. Don’t be afraid. At the moment I am just an idea in the minds of several lean geeks. Alas, my ability to interact with you is limited to the comment box below. Today I’m just a twinkle in a lean expert’s eye. Tomorrow I hope

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A Supervisor’s Strategy to Make Lean Stick

By Steve Kane Michelle Trejo is a production supervisor for Specialty Silicone Fabricators, Inc. in Paso Robles, California.  She believes in Lean and she believes in her people.  Michelle has many leadership successes to her credit.  One particular Lean leadership accomplishment is the way she integrated lean learning with manufacturing

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GA 111 | How to Teach Continuous Improvement with Dr. Bradley Miller

Today’s guest is Dr. Bradley Miller, a professor at the University of Houston. Brad explained to us how he teaches his students about continuous improvement, and how they then apply those skills to real life situations. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brad’s

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How to Solve Problems in Just Five Days

How can we solve big problems and test new ideas in just five days? If you are at all experienced in lean, you may reply, “Run a kaizen event.” By various names, the five-day rapid improvement workshop has been helping companies redesign processes and products to deliver double-digit results for over twenty

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The Reward of Just Doing It

A few years ago I starting playing around with a book concept that described several personal and professional leadership methods and habits I had developed over my three decade career. I collected ideas, supporting information, and would occasionally – often on long plane trips – take a stab at writing

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GA 110 | How to Use Apps to Improve Your Life with Kevin Holesh

Today’s guest is Kevin Holesh. Kevin is a professional app developer who created Moment, which helps users track how much time they’re spending on their phones. While not specifically about continuous improvement, topics like mindfulness and innovation make this episode relevant to all lean thinkers. An MP3 version of this episode is available

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GA 109 | How to Leverage Toyota Kata with Brandon Brown

Today’s guest is Brandon Brown, the owner of Continuous Coaching Commitment LLC and an associate with the W3 Group LLC. Brandon shared his knowledge of Toyota Kata with us, and explained how it complements TWI. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s

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