Month: April 2008

Total 22 Posts

Endless Meetings Speed Up the Pace of Change on the Gemba

An article in the May 1, 2008 issue of Nikkei Business titled Endless Meetings Speed Up the Pace of Change on the Gemba (ダラダラ会議が現場のスピードアップを生む) interviewed the chairman and profiled a Japanese company called Ulvac that makes semiconductor equipment, display manufacturing equipment and other high tech equipment. This article is part

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Life is like a bowl of oranges

As I mentioned towards the end of our most recent video the demonstration with the oranges, pebbles, sand, and water can be used to explain a far more important life lesson. Before this, please allow me to thank you for your comments and emails regarding the video.  I read one

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Boeing Volunteers Helping Non-profits with Lean

An article in the April 18-12, 2008 issue of the Puget Sound Business Journal caught our eye. Titled Penguins will benefit from jet maker’s efficiency lessons it describes the efforts of Boeing employees as lean trainers who have helped Seattle’s Woodland Zoo with what sounds like a production preparation process

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Takt Time Competition at Gemba Panta Rei

I recently wrote a guest blog over on Gemba Panta Rei where I set up a hypothetical takt time question. Jon Miller has been nice enough to offer up some sweet prizes for those who leave meaningful comments before May 1, 2008. So, if you haven’t checked it out please head

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Tips for Dealing with Conflict

Our ability, as business leaders, to manage conflict can’t be overstated. If you’ve never dealt with conflict in a professional environment…well, you live a blessed life. Most of us, however, have almost certainly facilitated a meeting or training course with some angry person sitting there with a sour look on

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The Crow and the Pitcher

Here’s a neat story credited to Aesop. It’s found in the 2nd century AD Greek fable collection by pseudo-Dositheus.  That sets the scene far more eloquently than me explaining how I came across the story in one of my kid’s story time books called “The Aesop for Children.” In a spell of

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Guest Post: Takt Time Competition

By: Ron Pereira, LSS Academy Jon has blogged about takt time many times before. Most recently he offered a free Excel based takt time calculator. The tricky part about calculating takt time is normally associated with what to use for the daily demand number. Do you look at the past

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