GA 312 | Practicing Kata in Secret with Tracy Defoe

This week’s guest is Tracy Defoe. Ron and Tracy discussed why people practice Toyota Kata and continuous improvement in secret, and why it’s problematic. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Tracy (3:46) Tracy’s background (5:27)

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Respect and Gratitude to the Base of the Pyramid

One of the most important geometric shapes in lean management is the inverted triangle. Pyramids are commonly used to represent an organization chart. The boss is at the tip of the pyramid, with senior leaders immediately below, and the rank-and-file following. The wide base represents the frontline workers who have

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GA 311 | The Lean Construction Movement with Hal Macomber

This week’s guest is Hal Macomber. Ron and Hal discussed the lean construction movement, the Last Planner System, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Hal (2:43) Hal’s background (5:29) How lean was introduced

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GA 310 | The Role of Motivation in Continuous Improvement with Brad Miller

This week’s guest is Brad Miller. Ron and Brad discussed how motivation factors into continuous improvement, and a modern motivation framework that could be useful to managers. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  Brad’s background (2:51) The importance of

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