Month: October 2016

Total 13 Posts

A Five-letter Recipe for a Non-Fail Presidency

Barely eight days remain until the American voters elects the adult human who will serve as the next President of the United States. It has been an ugly process to narrow it down to the two major candidates, with all due respect to the lesser known third-parties. In lean management we say

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For Continuous Improvement, Think Like a Child

Listening to a Freakonomics Radio episode titled Think Like a Child reminded me of the words of a TPS sensei. When a kaizen team was faced with puzzling process failures, complex problems, or a need for innovative designs, sensei would say, “Think like a fifth grader.” Stand there, observe, keep it simple. Like most sensei talk,

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New Videos: Lean at the City of Grand Rapids

Steve Kane, Director of Customer Success at Gemba Academy, visits a Gemba Academy customer, the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Steve had the opportunity to talk with decision makers, city executives, as well as as other city employees using Lean to create a better work environment, saving time and inventory

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GA 133 | How to Create a Visual Workplace with Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth

Today’s guest is Dr. Gwendolyn Galsworth, an author and consultant who specializes in the visual workplace. Gwendolyn shared her fascinating background with us and explained the importance of visuality. This in-depth conversation is guaranteed to challenge your thinking. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Gwendolyn’s

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How Lean Thinking Can Relieve Traffic Jams

Seattle owns the dubious distinction of having one of the 10 worst traffic experiences in the United States. This is due to a combination of geography, lack of long-term transportation planning, population growth, and driver behavior. Only one of those factors is within our control as individuals. A problem as bad as Seattle’s transportation system is a complex

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Designing a Lean Home

I’ve received several comments on The Simple Leader, with some of the most unexpected having to do with the section where I discuss my desire to design and build a home with Lean principles in mind. If I hadn’t studied chemical engineering I probably would have gone to architecture school

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GA 132 | How to Apply Lean to Puzzle Manufacturing with Don Scott

Today’s guest is Don Scott of Buffalo Games, a puzzle and board game company. Don described his take on continuous improvement as well as the challenges that pertain to this unique industry. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Don’s background and what Buffalo Games

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