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

By Jessica Bush Updated on July 30th, 2021

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This episode features Rob Connelly, an Engineering Manager and fantastic lean thinker over at Specialty Silicone Fabricators in Paso Robles, California. Rob and I talked about how he practices lean on a daily basis at SSF, both individually and with this team.

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

 In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Rob’s background and what he does at SSF (3:55)
  • The quote that inspires Rob (5:11)
  • Rob’s daily routine at SSF (7:22)
  • Why and how SSF video calls with their other sites (12:40)
  • What Rob does after the morning meeting (14:40)
  • What Rob spends the rest of his day doing (19:20)
  • How to balance communication across teams (23:01)
  • All about mastery and purpose, and how Rob incorporates them into his work (25:52)
  • Rob’s take on the power of autonomy (31:26)
  • What the hiring process at SSF is like for engineers (38:50)
  • What “Respect for People” means to Rob (43:21)
  • The best advice Rob has ever received (46:12)
  • Rob’s personal productivity habit (47:41)
  • What has surprised Rob in the last year of practicing lean (48:51)
  • What Rob does to recharge and refocus (52:01)
  • The knowledge or skill Rob feels he needs to improve (52:54)
  • Rob’s words of wisdom (53:50)

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