Category: Kaizen

Total 190 Posts

GA 223 | How to Apply Lean to the Government with Justin Kenney

This week’s guest is Justin Kenney. Justin, who works for the state of Vermont, explained how he and his team leverage continuous improvement at the government level. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Justin’s background (2:15) The quote that inspires

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Set Full Sail

  Getting started with lean in an existing organization is a challenge on many levels.  Often some of the most important steps in a lean journey are not recognized. A common place people think they start is with 5S.  It’s an excellent way to begin improvement practices and daily routines

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GA 217 | How Gemba Academy Practices Lean with Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott

This week’s guests are our own Leslie Moles and Jennifer Scott. Leslie and Jennifer shared what it’s like  practicing lean at Gemba Academy, specifically how we leverage Toyota Kata. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Their roles at Gemba Academy

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Instructions Aren’t Enough

During a recent airline emergency, cabin pressure was lost and the oxygen masks dropped from the ceiling.  Passengers donned the masks, but not quite as instructed. Mobile phone videos of the incident showed many passengers wearing the masks over their mouths, leaving their noses exposed to the thin air.  Breathing

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GA 216 | How to Reignite a Continuous Improvement Program with Casey Johnson

This week’s guest is Casey Johnson. Casey and Ron discussed the best ways to help an organization who has experienced a failed CI initiative get back on track. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Casey’s background (1:36) The quotes that

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GA 215 | How to Reflect on Lessons Learned with Brian Buck

This week’s guest is Brian Buck. Brian reflected back on his journey thus far and shared some of the lessons he’s learned, including the importance of defining and maintaining standards. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brian’s background (3:06) His

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GA 214 | How to Set a Challenge with Mark Rosenthal

This week’s guest is consultant Mark Rosenthal. Mark shared some insights regarding the various components of Toyota Kata, including setting a challenge and determining a target condition. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Mark’s background (2:10) An overview of the

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Where Do I Start with Lean?

Where should I start with Lean? is a common question we receive at Gemba Academy.  Some say starting with 5S is a must.  Others favor eliminating the seven deadly wastes. Others still suggest value stream mapping.  A great question is “What problem are your trying to solve?” The need for

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GA 212 | How to Combine TWI, Kata, and a Kaizen Event with Brandon Brown

This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon explained how he and his team have combined elements of TWI, kata, and kaizen events into a unique and effective learning system. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s background (2:47) An overview

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