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GA 221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen

By Jessica Bush Updated on June 26th, 2018

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 journey (7:41)
  • What CME is and how they’ve helped (11:16)
  • How they discovered Toyota Kata (12:35)
  • Their first experiment (16:49)
  • The progress they made (19:34)
  • The Dreyfus model (21:13)
  • Where they are today (23:18)
  • How their leadership style has changed (25:40)
  • The connection to the backwards bicycle (31:56)
  • Some of the lessons he’s learned (34:48)
  • Advice he would give his younger self (36:44)
  • Who Stephen would shadow (37:58)
  • What Stephen is most proud of (39:09)
  • Stephen’s final words of wisdom (40:07)

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