Category: Manufacturing

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GA 221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen

This week’s guest is Stephen Derksen. Ron and Stephen discussed Toyota Kata and learning how to think in a scientific manner. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Stephen’s background (2:44) About Barkman Concrete (5:03) Lean in Canada (5:39) Barkman’s CI

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GA 220 | How to Ensure the Longevity of Your Lean Success with Mohamed Aref

This week’s guest is Mohamed Aref. Mohamed shared his lean journey with us, including his take on what makes a lean initiative stick, and what lean is like in Egypt. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Mohamed’s background (2:18) His

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GA 219 | How to Adopt the Best Mindset for Lean with Kyle Kumpf

This week’s guest is Kyle Kumpf. Kyle walked us through his lean journey thus far, explaining why it’s important to be critical on processes and not people. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Kyle’s background (3:08) How Kyle would define

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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 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 211 | How to Navigate a Kaizen Journey with Jeff Kaas

This week’s guest is Jeff Kaas, President of Kaas Tailored and Lead Consultant at Truth Bit Pull Consulting. Jeff described how he discovered kaizen, how it changed his company, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jeff’s background (1:59)

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GA 208 | How to Define Lean, Success, and Strategy with Jon Miller and Michael Ballé

This week’s guests are Jon Miller and Michael Ballé. Together with Ron, they discussed the definitions of lean, success, and strategy, as well as using lean as a strategy for innovation and growth. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Defining

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