Purpose for Asking “Why?”

At its heart, Lean is about problem solving. Closing gaps. Overcoming obstacles. Making things better. The basic difference between organizations that succeed long-term with Lean and those who don’t can be gauged by how well they solve problems. Specifically, how early do they recognize and take on problems? How easily can the problem

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Lean Outside of Manufacturing

By Steve Kane There are so many examples of lean in manufacturing that it can be easy to understand how well suited the methodology is for that industry.  Folks in other types of organizations and roles often comment that it is difficult to translate lean for non-manufacturing environments.  Here’s a

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Brain Science on How Lean Works

How does Lean work? There are rational, that is to say scientific, explanations. It works because when outputs are increase and inputs decreased, profit follows. Lean works because flow, pull and visualization remove waste and expose problems. Solving these problems and maintaining flow reduces inputs. Lean works because humans working within flow production, solving problems

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Waste Whack-a-Mole

Today is garbage day in my neighborhood, and like most people in California and probably most of the U.S. if not the world, our trash is neatly segregated into green, blue, and gray containers for pickup – yard waste, recyclables, and general non-recyclable trash. Actually a fourth if you count

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GA 163 | Addressing the Human Side of Lean with Rick Timlick

This week’s guest is lean consultant Rick Timlick. Rick shared how he helps organizations with their lean journeys, with a specific emphasis on the human component. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Rick (2:38) Rick’s background (3:12) The

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Visual Management Mind Trick

Talk about thinking outside of the box. Each spring crows entered the abandoned lower floors of the research center. They stripped away pipe insulation for their nests. They left behind feathers and droppings. What did the researchers do to stop the crows? They put up signs reading, “No Entry to Crows”. The crows stayed

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GA 162 | Continuous Improvement in the U.S. Air Force with Damien Hocquard

Today’s guest is Damien Hocquard, a member of the Canadian Armed Forces who is stationed at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma. Ron and Damien discussed Damien’s lean journey working within the U.S. Air Force CPI (Continuous Process Improvement) program. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

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New Videos: TWI Summit 2017

Gemba Academy has just released a new Gemba Academy Live! series with the videos from the 2017 TWI Summit that was held in San Diego.  In these videos you’ll see Roger Bilas discuss TWI and brain science, learn how TWI can used to develop people, and hear stories from the

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New Videos: Practical Problem Solving in Spanish

We just released our fifth course in the School of Lean in Spanish, Practical Problem Solving. Going beyond Spanish subtitles, which are already available on all School of Lean and School of Six Sigma courses, these new courses use native Spanish speakers, with all video backgrounds and supporting content (overviews, quizzes, tools)

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