GA 127 | How to Apply Lean to Different Industries with Gary Beaudette

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Today’s guest is Gary Beaudette, a consultant with an impressive lean background. Gary and Ron discussed Gary’s career thus far, the different industries he’s applied lean to, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Gary’s background and how he first learned about continuous improvement (3:42)
  • The quote that inspires Gary (5:49)
  • What Gary is up to these days (6:31)
  • What other industries Gary has worked with (8:35)
  • Some of the best practices Gary has come across (12:24)
  • How to manage batch production (13:54)
  • What high performance teams are (15:27)
  • The most common lean concept people struggle with (17:57)
  • About Gary’s website (18:57)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Gary (19:54)
  • The best advice Gary has ever received (20:33)
  • Gary’s personal productivity habit (21:11)
  • What has surprised Gary in the last year (22:40)
  • What Gary does to get back on track (25:02)
  • The knowledge or skill area Gary feels he needs to improve (25:54)

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What other industries besides manufacturing can lean be applied to? In what ways?