Jon Miller

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How to Let Small Things Bother You

An interesting New York Times article points out how many of us have become desensitized to the dangers of this pandemic over the past couple of years. This is due to the constant alarm bells that ring, without always seeing real danger up close. Ironically, this type of mild, repeated

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Lean Thinking and Extending the Mind

It’s well-known that the the particular method for combining manpower, materials, and machinery known as lean manufacturing matured at Toyota in the latter half of the 20th century. Many organizations, both industrial and not, have benefited by studying and understanding the Toyota Production System as a set of general principles.

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How to Think About Breakthrough Objectives

It’s the time of year when many organizations begin their final review of the past period, and begin looking ahead to the next one. Before setting goals for the coming year, it’s common to zoom out, looking at the big picture. We may ask ourselves questions related to vision and

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Rediscovering the Taste of Toast

This week I had the opportunity to abstain from food for a couple of days for medical reasons. This wasn’t my first experience with fasting. The couple of times I did when I was much younger, I didn’t enjoy it. I was more active, had more appetite, and less patience.

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What’s Lean All About?

I’ve been working on refreshing and enhancing our learning resources related to Total Productive Maintenance, or TPM. People may be familiar with these letters as they appear in kaizen bursts on a value stream map. In this context, TPM is often shorthand for activities to reduce equipment downtime or even

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Five Lean Questions for Rethinking Work

The pandemic has caused many people to rethink their relationship to work. A record number of older workers are retiring early. More mid-career people are starting their own businesses. Both new and veteran members of the workforce are taking longer stretches of time to reflect before accepting their next job.

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Lessons in Lean and Agility from United Airlines

Plans are worthless, planning is everything. Failing to plan is planning to fail. Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face. These and similar adages have been repeated by strategists, generals, and prizefighters over the years. Experience teaches us every day that no plan goes exactly according

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