Advancing the Self-Revolution

A brand-new banner caught my eye during a recent trip to China. If judging by the size, variety and volume of banners alone, one would think that the communist revolution is still in full swing 98 years after the formation of the Party and 70 years after formation the People’s

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GA 280 | The Values and Principles of Agile with Samuel Parra

This week’s guest is Samuel Parra. Ron and Samuel delved into all things Agile, including how it overlaps with lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Samuel (2:55) How Samuel got into continuous improvement (4:37)

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The Divergent Paths of Old Lean Dudes

I’ve been immersed in the lean world for over a quarter century.  From the start when some folks from the Association for Manufacturing Excellence showed me how quick changeover could save my injection molding operation (and probably my job) from imminent destruction, to now when I can share my own

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GA 279 | The Future of Lean with Olu Amodeni

This week’s guest is Olu Amodeni. Ron and Olu discussed the future of lean, including the roles robots and humans play in manufacturing. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Olu (4:12) How Olu discovered lean

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The Lean Approach to Strategy

A strategy is a plan of action intended to achieve a major objective. Lean transformation aims to make major changes in how we work, to streamline our processes, to upgrade our thinking and skills. Many agree that Lean is a strategy for long-term organizational prosperity. If Lean itself is a

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The Soul of a Company

Creating a strong company mission and vision is an important part of the Hoshin Kanri, or Policy Deployment, process.  All companies should have a vision.  All companies should have a mission.  And these vision and mission statements should be revisited annually to ensure they’re still accurate. But, according to Ranjay

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Can We Have Too Much Scientific Thinking?

The term scientific thinking has been used with increasing frequency in the Lean management community over the past decade. The idea is not new. There is little doubt as to its importance in continuous improvement, good management and good decision-making. The introduction of the so-called Toyota kata approach to improving

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Reflections on a Lean Futuring Discussion

Last week I met with a dozen Lean practitioners, leaders, consultants, and advisors for the purpose of understanding where we’re headed as both individuals and as a community.  We had a very deliberate and structured discussion over the course of about five hours.  There were many insightful points made and

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