How to Run Kata in the Classroom

If you’re interested in learning how to think scientifically I strongly recommend the Kata in the Classroom (KiC) exercise. I’ve personally run a number of KiC workshops.  On one end of the spectrum I’ve run workshops for children as young as 7-years-old.  And on the other end I’ve conducted workshops

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GA 296 | How Toyota Uses Agile with Nigel Thurlow

This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow, Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. Nigel explained how Toyota uses agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and adapt to fast-changing conditions. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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GA 295 | What’s New at LEI with Jean Cunningham

This week’s guest is Jean Cunningham. Recorded at AME Chicago, Ron and Jean discussed what’s happening at LEI, some of Jean’s book recommendations, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A Lean Enterprise Institute update (1:59) Lean in

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What Does It Mean to Huddle?

One of the encouraging trends I’ve seen in the past decade with Lean management is the emerging acceptance of team huddles. While still far from universal, this one simple activity is becoming a core part of the daily practice of Lean management. Organizations a decade or more into their Lean

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GA 293 | Approaching the Certification Process with Craig Johnson

This week’s guest is Craig Johnson. Ron and Craig discussed the learning and development realm of continuous improvement, as well as the pros and cons to various certification approaches. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes that inspire

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How to Measure the M in SQDCM

The giant letters SQDCM are common sights on visual display boards of teams on the gemba. They stand for the key performance indicator categories of safety, quality, delivery, cost and morale. Many organizations develop or adopt standard layouts to their team boards. This makes it easy to walk into any

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