Respect for Soft Skills

In lean circles we talk a lot about respect for people. Along with continuous improvement, it’s one of two core elements of the Toyota Way brand of lean thinking. In contrast to the tools and techniques of continuous improvement, the practical methods of respect for people can be nebulous. Unlike

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GA 375 | Ending Human Suffering with Process Improvement with Kyle Kumpf

This week’s guest is Kyle Kumpf. Ron and Kyle discussed Kyle’s experience using lean in engineering versus banking, and what he’s learned from the pandemic. Kyle also explained why he wants to use process improvement to end human suffering. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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How to Think Long Term

One of the 14 Toyota Way principles is to think long term. In fact, it’s the first on the list. What does it mean exactly to base decisions on the long term, in the context of lean management? Reading carefully, we can see that nearly half of the principles address

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GA 374 | Lean, Learning, and Karate with Kieran Dougall

This week’s guest is Kieran Dougall. Ron and Kieran discussed Kieran’s manufacturing background and how he discovered lean. Kieran also described his experience with karate and how it relates to lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes

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GA 373 | Exploring Agile Kanban with Ron Pereira

This week we’re releasing another solo episode by GA Co-Founder Ron Pereira. Ron talks a little bit about our new Agile Kanban course(s), and about the power of Agile Kanban in general. He then breaks down each of the four main principles. A MP3 audio version of this episode is

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GA 372 | Lean and Mental Health with Jessica House

This week’s guest is Jessica House. Jessica’s background is in both continuous improvement and mental health, and she explained to Ron how the two worlds intersect. This episode is another great example of the universal applicability of lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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How to Solve Hard Problems with Kaizen Events

Many people are familiar with kaizen as a philosophy and practice of continuous improvement based on making many small changes repeatedly towards a long-term ideal. Often this takes the form of a creative idea suggestion scheme, a simple kaizen wall of fame, or an effort of the 2-second lean variety.

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