Month: September 2015

Total 12 Posts

A Rational Plan is a Prediction

One question that I hear a lot is, “Can you show me an example of success in my specific environment?” with lean, continuous improvement, agile and so forth. My most common answer is, “No.” Although I would like to be helpful, the number of “specific environments” in the world far outnumbers the examples of success therein.

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GA 077 | How an Engineering Manager Practices Lean with Rob Connelly

Press the play button above to listen to the episode. If you’re reading this via email or RSS click the image below to listen to the episode. This episode features Rob Connelly, an Engineering Manager and fantastic lean thinker over at Specialty Silicone Fabricators in Paso Robles, California. Rob and I

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Mindset KPIs

By S.M. Junaid [Admin’s note: our friend Junaid has contributed articles on TPM, on wet blankets, the cost of poor quality, kaizen for energy-saving and team member motivation.] A Quote by Eiji Toyoda san: “Before Cars, Make People.” It’s not a simple quote it’s a Mentor Management philosophy, Toyota is working in

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Standard Work Saved a Company

By Steve Kane I’ve been an aviation enthusiast most of my life. I started flying sailplanes a couple of years ago and recently transitioned to power planes. The first lesson in flying is an introduction to standard work—specifically, the preflight checklist. Like many forms of standard work, the preflight checklist came

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GA 075 | The Lean Frontiers Mission with Jim Huntzinger and Dwayne Butcher

Press the play button above to listen to the episode. If you’re reading this via email or RSS click the image below to listen to the episode. In today’s episode guests Dwayne Butcher and Jim Huntzinger of Lean Frontiers explain their company’s approach to lean training. Lean Frontiers holds special niche

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Why We Do Things This Way

I have spent much of my career in pursuit of answers to the question, “Why do you do things this way?” When I am getting to know a client, either an individual leader for coaching purposes or an business for the purpose of designing or modifying a lean transformation plan, I make

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