Tag: Lean

Total 50 Posts

Scalable Learning, with a Lean Twist

Last week John Haley and John Brown penned an interesting piece in the Harvard Business Review titled Great Businesses Scale Their Learning, Not Just Their Operations.  They began with a bit of history on how scalable efficiency used to be a critical foundation for business, but that’s no longer the

Continue Reading

Waste Whack-a-Mole

Today is garbage day in my neighborhood, and like most people in California and probably most of the U.S. if not the world, our trash is neatly segregated into green, blue, and gray containers for pickup – yard waste, recyclables, and general non-recyclable trash. Actually a fourth if you count

Continue Reading

New Videos: Practical Problem Solving in Spanish

We just released our fifth course in the School of Lean in Spanish, Practical Problem Solving. Going beyond Spanish subtitles, which are already available on all School of Lean and School of Six Sigma courses, these new courses use native Spanish speakers, with all video backgrounds and supporting content (overviews, quizzes, tools)

Continue Reading

A Painful Perpective from the Goofy Foot Pop Up

For the past couple years I’ve worked hard at getting into the best shape I’ve been in in decades.  In fact, many of us at Gemba Academy have, and we have a wellness program that encourages and rewards positive efforts toward physical, spiritual, and emotional health.  In my case I’ve

Continue Reading

Mother Nature Takes On the Lean Home

A few months ago I told you how my wife and I had found a mid-century remodel project only a couple blocks away from where we currently live.  We wanted to create a “lean home” – smaller with a simple layout, less storage space, and as few walls and doors

Continue Reading

A Change of Pace

One of my favorite habits is a nice slow kinhin – walking meditation – on the beach a couple blocks from my house.  One step per breath, slow and deliberate. It’s amazing what you notice – both about your surroundings and yourself – by moving slowly.  I’m usually barefoot, feeling

Continue Reading

New Videos: Workplace Visualization Course

In this new School of Lean course we explore what visualization is and why it’s such an important aspect of lean management. Also, we will discover how to go about bringing the concept of visuality to the workplace. Finally, we’ll visit some real world companies to see how they’re successfully

Continue Reading

Designing a Lean Home

I’ve received several comments on The Simple Leader, with some of the most unexpected having to do with the section where I discuss my desire to design and build a home with Lean principles in mind. If I hadn’t studied chemical engineering I probably would have gone to architecture school

Continue Reading