Month: May 2015

Total 10 Posts

What’s Your Dispassion?

“What’s your passion?” Lately I’m often asked this when meeting new people socially for the first time. This always trips me up. Shall I name hobbies? Family members? Questions that I am pondering? Issues that make me angry or happy? Just today I heard a woman say, “I am passionate

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Solution-Jumping in the 21st Century

This is a brief review of Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty with some longer observations on the problem solving process in the book, from a lean management perspective . It is surprisingly readable for a 570 page economics textbook / tax policy pamphlet. The 470-page preamble to a 100 page

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What Do You Demonstrate and What Do You Tolerate?

By Steve Kane I attended the AME Regional Conference in Denver last week and had some great conversations with Lean practitioners from a wide variety of organizations.  It seems the topic of discussion in Lean circles has gravitated away from Lean tools and toward culture and leadership.  The pillar of

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Three Tips for More Effective Hansei (Reflection)

Hansei is a Japanese word meaning “reflection” or “self-reflection”. It has entered the lean vocabulary through the literature on hoshin planning, and more generally through discussions of what actually happens in the Check/Study and Act phases of the PDCA cycle. These phases are times for examination of both the results and the

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