Tag: Lean

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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

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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