GA 273 | Lean as a Management System with Skip Steward

This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip continued their conversation from Episode 269, diving deeper into scientific thinking, Toyota Kata, management systems, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • A quote that inspires Skip (3:16)
  • What the word “meta” means (8:57)
  • What makes Toyota Kata and scientific thinking so powerful (12:17)
  • About Get Better Jump Start (17:12)
  • Understanding the current condition (22:58)
  • How scientific thinking fosters idea generation (27:21)
  • How their shepherding groups work (32:37)
  • Why challenges have to mean something (38:53)
  • About the Baptist Memorial review process (42:51)

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Is lean best described as a management system? Why or why not?