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Today’s guest is Thomas Riner. Thomas (who has a traditional continuous improvement background) and his wife run a farm and use lean thinking to reduce waste and improve the treatment of their animals. This episode is a great reminder of how versatile lean really is.
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In this episode you’ll learn:
- Thomas’s background and how he first learned about continuous improvement (3:05)
- The quote that inspires Thomas (4:42)
- How Thomas got into farming (5:35)
- What problem Thomas was trying to solve when he implemented lean (7:21)
- How lean has improved Thomas’s farm (10:40)
- All about Thomas’s lean chicken tractor (12:45)
- One of Thomas’s lean farming failures (16:07)
- Why even large scale farmers can benefit from lean thinking (19:18)
- What’s next for Thomas and his wife (21:09)
- What “Respect for People” (or in this case, animals) means to Thomas (22:26)
- The best advice Thomas has ever received (24:44)
- Thomas’s personal productivity habit (25:17)
- What has surprised Thomas in his last year of practicing lean (7:21)
- The skill Thomas feels he needs to improve (26:57)
- Thomas’s final words of wisdom (31:17)
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- Thomas’s Email
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What Do You Think?
Have you heard of lean farming prior to this episode? If not, what is your first impression of it? What other non-traditional applications of lean can you come up with?