GA 321 | Adapting to the Future with Rodrigo Picoli

This week’s guest is Rodrigo Picoli. Ron and Rodrigo discussed the future of lean, the concept of the “beginner’s mind,” and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Rodrigo (4:09) His thoughts on Industry 4.0

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Why Do We Disrespect the 4th S of 5S?

The 5S method is widely recognized as a fundamental and foundational part of Lean management. Without the basic discipline to remove clutter and distractions, put things back where they belong, and plug our leaks and sources of cutter, we live in chaos. We lose things, we waste time searching or

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GA 319 | The Danger of Expertise with Audie Penn

This week’s guest is Audie Penn. Ron and Audie talked about the ways that lean can be used to help teams solve unique problems. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Audie (2:40) Audie’s background (3:13)

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The Point of Pointing and Calling

A colleague pointed out and called attention to a question about the practice of shisa kanko so I thought it worth a few words. This is the safety practice of “pointing and calling”. Its roots are obscure, but it has been standard practice in railroads in Japan for over a

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GA 318 | Structuring Your Continuous Improvement Efforts with Calvin Williams

This week’s guest is Calvin Williams. Ron and Calvin discussed leadership standard work and how continuous improvement could be used to navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that inspires Calvin (3:30) How

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Applying Lean Thinking to Demand and Supply

Lean management is mainly associated with making operations more productive, improving safety, quality, speed and thereby lowering cost. Lean management originated from innovations in the supply chain. More recently, lean thinking has started to be applied to improving the demand side. This includes methods such as Agile development, the Lean

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