GA 382 | Simplifying Value Stream Mapping with Steve Pereira

This week’s guest is Steve Pereira. Steve and Ron discussed Steve’s minimalist approach to value stream mapping, and how it differs from other approaches. Steve doesn’t have a traditional lean background, but his perspective is refreshing and unique. MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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Piloting Continuous Improvement

During several recent conversations with customers, I found myself discussing the pilot as an effective way to roll out continuous improvement. Like many terms that have settled into common usage in the business world, this can mean different things to different people, based on organizational culture and context. What Do

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GA 381 | The Art of Coaching with Kelly Mallery

This week’s guest is Kelly Mallery. Kelly and Ron talked all about coaching, the skills involved, and the challenges Kelly has faced. A Lead Lean Manufacturing Specialist at GE Aviation, Kelly also shared some of her coaching success stories. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download

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What Is a Milk Run?

The milk run is a method for connecting material movement between multiple sources and a storage location nearer to the point of use or processing.  The name comes from a practice in the dairy industry. A tanker truck makes rounds to collect milk from several dairy farms and delivers this

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GA 380 | The Concept of Humble Inquiry with Peter and Ed Schein

This week’s guests are Peter and Ed Schein, prominent figures in the leadership and organizational culture fields. A father-son team, they discussed the books they’ve written, the concept of Humble Inquiry, vulnerability in leadership, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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Hypotheses from Hansei in Odd Times

The  Independence Day weekend has turned into sort of a second holiday of thanksgiving for me. It’s a chance to appreciate  improving weather, fresh produce, and a moment to reflect on the last half-year. For the past decade or so I’ve followed a twice-yearly habit of reflecting on my intentions,

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GA 379 | Leading vs. Lagging Indicators with Tracey and Ernie Richardson

This week’s guests are Tracey and Ernie Richardson. Tracey and Ernie broke down leading and lagging indicators, balancing the two, and some examples of both. They also explained the role standards play in navigating these indicators. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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GA 378 | Lean in Construction with Robert Penney

This week’s guest is Robert Penney. Robert, whose background is in construction, explained how the industry uses lean, what tools they use, etc. Robert also had some great books to recommend. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote

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