Month: November 2017

Total 12 Posts

GA 191 | How to Reflect on the Roles of Fear and Love in Continuous Improvement with Renée Smith

This week’s guest is Renée Smith, a Lean Transformation Services Director for the State of Washington. Renée shared her fascinating findings on fear, love, and their roles in continuous improvement. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires

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Applying the 6 Laws of Tech to Lean

Melvin Kranzberg, a professor of the history of technology at Georgia Institute of Technology, came up with six laws to explain society’s unease with technology’s growing power and presence in our lives. This was in the 1980s and his laws were based on historical examples taken from the Cold War. A

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Happy Thanksgiving

During this time of Thanksgiving we would like to express to you our sincere appreciation to each and every one of you for reading our blog, listening to our podcast, and watching our videos.  Because of you, we are able to do the work we love.  We are deeply thankful

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GA 190 | How to Use Lean in Software Development vs. Operations with Tom and Mary Poppendieck

This week’s guests are Tom and Mary Poppendieck. Tom and Mary discussed the role that lean plays in software development, versus in more traditional operational contexts. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Tom and Mary (2:16)

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Wishing Everyone a Granular Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. The football, the food, the time with friends and family. Part of the tradition is to remember and name things that we are thankful for. It’s an occasion to stop and reflect on our blessings. We should have more holidays in appreciation of gratitude.

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15 Lean Failure Lessons from Software Development, 3/3

Some say that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail. How could this be? An article The Coming Software Apocalypse in the Atlantic Monthly about the software development world offers insights. This post is the third of a 3-part exploration. Lesson #11 Invisible Complexity Unlike physical things, software is invisible. So

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The Multi-Faceted Power of Walking

Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years.  It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation.  Walking slowly on the beach for an hour or so, one step per breath, barefoot and silent to engage

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GA 188 | How to Understand the Components of Kata with Brandon Brown

This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon provided us with a comprehensive breakdown of both the improvement and coaching katas, in anticipation of our upcoming kata course. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s background (5:52) The quotes that inspire

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15 Lean Failure Lessons from Software Development, 2/3

Can it be true that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail? If so, how? Challenges from the complexities of modern software development offer insights. This post is part 2 of a 3-part exploration, inspired by the article The Coming Software Apocalypse. Lesson #6 Difficulty in Testing Our Systems “When

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