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 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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