GA 037 | The Evolution of Lean with Chet Marchwinski

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Today’s guest is Chet Marchwinski, the Communications Director of the Lean Enterprise Institute. We sat down at the International AME Conference in Jacksonville, Florida and talked about all things continuous improvement. This includes how lean has evolved over the years, where it’s going next, and some of Chet’s personal anecdotes of LEI leaders James Womack and John Shook.

An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.  

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Chet’s role at LEI (2:45)
  • Firsthand stories about LEI Founder James Womack (4:18)
  • Things you might not know about current LEI CEO Jim Shook (7:30)
  • Chet’s take on the evolution of lean over the years (10:59)
  • What Chet thinks will be the hot topic of continuous improvement in five years (16:10)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Chet (21:10)
  • The best advice Chet has ever received (22:07)
  • Chet’s favorite personal productivity habit (24:17)
  • The two procedures Chet always sees in the best manufacturing plants (29:32)
  • About LEI’s Lean Lexicon: A Graphical Glossary for Lean Thinkers (32:09)
  • Chet’s final words of wisdom (33:57)

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