Month: November 2019

Total 7 Posts

What Does It Mean to Huddle?

One of the encouraging trends I’ve seen in the past decade with Lean management is the emerging acceptance of team huddles. While still far from universal, this one simple activity is becoming a core part of the daily practice of Lean management. Organizations a decade or more into their Lean

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GA 293 | Approaching the Certification Process with Craig Johnson

This week’s guest is Craig Johnson. Ron and Craig discussed the learning and development realm of continuous improvement, as well as the pros and cons to various certification approaches. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes that inspire

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How to Measure the M in SQDCM

The giant letters SQDCM are common sights on visual display boards of teams on the gemba. They stand for the key performance indicator categories of safety, quality, delivery, cost and morale. Many organizations develop or adopt standard layouts to their team boards. This makes it easy to walk into any

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GA 292 | The Financial Impact of Continuous Improvement with Ron Pereira

This week, Ron Pereira reflects on a blog post by fellow Gemba Academy Co-Founder Jon Miller. Ron reads the blog post, which centers on the financial benefits of continuous improvement, and then adds some thoughts of his own. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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Lean Management for the Day After Tomorrow

One of the criticisms of lean management is that it doesn’t address innovation. Lean practices build systems for delivering high quality services on-time to customers at lower costs. This is achieved through robust processes, daily management, continuous improvement and the development of people. But robust processes can feel like rigidity

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You’re Not the Hero

We continuous improvement practitioners have much to learn from the movie business. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the “storytelling formula” may be one of the most important things we lean thinkers can learn. Most good movies/books (think Lord of the Rings or Star Wars) follow

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