GA 059 | Lean Beginnings with Steve Stansbury

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Today’s guest is Steve Stansbury, an experienced lean practitioner with a diverse career background. Steve and I discussed how companies first get started on their respective lean journeys, specifically what they should focus on and what they should avoid.

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In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Steve’s background and what he’s up to these days (3:05)
  • The quote that inspires Steve (5:26)
  • Why quality is a part of lean (7:03)
  • Where Steve believes most lean start-up initiatives fail (8:03)
  • The most critical component of a lean start-up (9:47)
  • What to do when your leadership isn’t onboard (12:15)
  • The most important tools for the beginning of your lean journey (13:44)
  • Steve’s opinion on lean roadmaps (15:57)
  • The role of the lean leader in the conversion process (17:44)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Steve (20:10)
  • The best advice Steve has ever received (22:39)
  • Steve’s personal productivity habit (23:42)
  • What Steve does to recharge and refocus (25:43)
  • The skill Steve feels he needs to develop (27:09)
  • What Steve would tell his younger self (28:32)
  • Steve’s final words of wisdom (30:08)

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