Month: June 2018

Total 11 Posts

GA 221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen

This week’s guest is Stephen Derksen. Ron and Stephen discussed Toyota Kata and learning how to think in a scientific manner. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Stephen’s background (2:44) About Barkman Concrete (5:03) Lean in Canada (5:39) Barkman’s CI

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How to Civilize an Elevator

As recently as four years ago, my worked involved constant international travel. This is no longer the case. I miss very little of that life. One thing that I do miss is the exposure to other cultures, in particular how humans in various environments choose to communicate visually. It’s always

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Set Full Sail

  Getting started with lean in an existing organization is a challenge on many levels.  Often some of the most important steps in a lean journey are not recognized. A common place people think they start is with 5S.  It’s an excellent way to begin improvement practices and daily routines

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GA 220 | How to Ensure the Longevity of Your Lean Success with Mohamed Aref

This week’s guest is Mohamed Aref. Mohamed shared his lean journey with us, including his take on what makes a lean initiative stick, and what lean is like in Egypt. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Mohamed’s background (2:18) His

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How to Take a Trail, or Not

While shopping for gifts with my family this weekend, I noticed the store had many cards, mugs, printed items on the theme of, “Don’t follow the trail made by others but make your own.” This is spectacularly bad advice for national parks or when trekking through extreme climates. The “make

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GA 219 | How to Adopt the Best Mindset for Lean with Kyle Kumpf

This week’s guest is Kyle Kumpf. Kyle walked us through his lean journey thus far, explaining why it’s important to be critical on processes and not people. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Kyle’s background (3:08) How Kyle would define

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Wellness Programs and the Health of Continuous Improvement

Logical. Proven. Life-changing. These words equally describe successful health & wellness programs and continuous improvement programs. But do these programs really work in changing behaviors? Professors David Asch and Shreya Kangovi asked this question, and discuss their findings from their paper Behavioral Phenotyping in Health Promotion Embracing or Avoiding Failure, summarized in an

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A Simple Hand Gesture that is Key to Goal Alignment

Lean management aims to serve others by doing more with less, thereby sustainably reaping just rewards for such service. Among other things, this requires everyone in the organization to continuously improve products, processes, services and as a person. Transforming our thinking style from traditional  management thinking to lean is a

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