Category: Lean

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GA 129 | How to Apply Lean to Agriculture with Jeff Duarte

Today’s guest is Jeff Duarte, of Duarte Nursery. Located in Hughson, California, Ron and Jeff discussed Duarte Nursery’s lean journey and what they’ve learned so far. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jeff’s background (3:40) The quote that inspires Jeff

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Why We Don’t Correct Mistakes Right Away

The 10 commandments of continuous improvement are a set of precepts that guide lean behavior. One of the commandments is “if it’s a problem, stop and fix it”.  This is also phrased “correct mistakes right away” or variations thereof. When combined with commandments “find root causes” and “seek simple solutions”, we are assured lean

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GA 128 | How to Implement Lean Efforts That Last with Amanda Culver

Today’s guest is Amanda Culver. Amanda has over 10 years of experience with Lean and Six Sigma, especially as it applies to Pharmaceuticals. She shared a lot of valuable insight with us, including her take on why organizations struggle to sustain their continuous improvement efforts. An MP3 version of this episode is available

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What Are Your Lean Precepts?

At Gemba Academy, we are not shy about using Japanese words when it helps to keep the lesson clear and concise. For others, less is more when it comes to using Japanese terminology as part of lean practice. Whatever words are used, the influence of Japanese thought in lean management is undeniable.

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The Value of Depth and Detail

Nearly three decades ago one of my first bosses pulled me aside – I forget the underlying incident except that I had somehow screwed up – and bluntly told me to “sweat the details.” I clearly remember it to this day, and it became one of the defining pieces of

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

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

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How to Spot Signs of a Lean Collapse

Before your lean effort collapses, it slows down. That’s the gist from an article on what it looks like when society collapses, which discusses findings from a recent National Academy of Sciences paper. We can view an organization’s lean journey as a “lean social endeavor”. The lean endeavor shares many qualities of how

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Lean Thinker Challenge #9

Welcome to another edition of the Lean Thinker Challenge! It’s been awhile since we’ve done one of these and I’m excited to hear what you think! The Situation You’ve worked at the same company for 4 years as a Lean Specialist. You don’t especially like your formal title since the

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