Month: April 2009

Total 20 Posts

The Continuous Improvement Companion

I recently came across an excellent, and free, resource anyone interested in lean or six sigma will definitely want to check out. The resource is called The Continuous Improvement Companion. It was written by Jeff Hajek, author of the book Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean which, as an aside,

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Go See the Visual Management Blog

If you are looking for practical examples of visual controls for managing work in an office, go see the Visual Management Blog written by Xavier Quesada Allue, a software developer, Agile coach and project manager, it is full of photos and articles on what the software community calls “kanban” which

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No Fear and Big Girl Bikes

One of my favorite things about LSS Academy, aside from the thousands of awesome comments you’ve all left the past few years, is how I get to sneak in personal aspects of my life from time to time. I especially love to write about my kids and how they teach

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Plan Do Czech Act

If there are three things I can’t resist they are Creating lists, Teasing the possibilities out of words, and Attempting to inject levity and fun into teaching kaizen. So please forgive the punning title. The factory tours I participated in last week in central Europe offered several lessons in leader

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Free 5S Overview Module

Here is a free 5S Overview module. It’s actually the first module of our 5S Workplace Productivity course that is part of the Gemba Academy School of Lean. For more free online modules like this, including free quizzes and PDF downloads please visit our site. Simply click the arrow in

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Leadership Standard Work

Did you know that 50% of all leaders are below average? It’s a fact. With this said, a good friend of mine recently asked me what I thought the Standard Work document would look like for a “Leader.” In other words, if you could list out the things a leader

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