GA 327 | Continuous Improvement and Humanitarianism with Andrew Parris

This week’s guest is Andrew Parris. Andrew, who works for an NGO called Medair, explained how continuous improvement can be used in a humanitarian context. The global component Andrew discusses proves how versatile these principles truly are. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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Six-Month Reflection Questions, Adjusted

I’m in the habit of looking back every six months, asking myself a few questions, and setting intentions for the future. In Lean terminology this is known as reflection, or hansei. January through June 2020 will go down in history as a period of disrupted routines, adjusted relationships and resources,

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GA 325 | Lean in the Non-Profit Sector with Lauren Wisniewski

This week’s guest is Lauren Wisniewski. Lauren shared her experiences helping non-profits incorporate lean, including the benefits and barriers they encounter. This episode is a great example of how lean applies to more than just manufacturing. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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GA 324 | From Software Engineers to Face Shield Manufacturers with Radek Pietruszewski

This week’s guest is Radek Pietruszewski. To help fight COVID-19 in Poland, Radek and his software engineering colleagues figured out how to quickly manufacture thousands of face shields. He and Ron discussed the details of this impressive project. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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Towards Non-scale Management

People think Taiichi Ohno’s book Toyota Production is about TPS. It’s not. It’s even arguable whether he ever envisioned the Toyota method as a system or set out to build one. There is no native word in Japanese for “system”. He was even reluctant to label what started as the

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Respect for Humanity: To Be Lean or Not to Be, That Is the Question

The following article was written for Gemba Academy by Mohamed Saleh, PhD Many of us grew up admiring figures like Gandhi, King Arthur, Michael Jordan, figures of faith, and our own parents for how they inspired us. They gathered followers for their integrity, intellect, courage, vision, and inspirational leadership qualities.

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