Category: Kaizen Songs

Total 15 Posts

Kaizen Song: So What

Who knew there were lyrics to this Miles Davis jazz standard from his classic Kind of Blue album. Here is the kaizen song version of these lyrics from So What. Put on the CD, lay down an A3, and sing along… So What (to the tune of So What by

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Kaizen Song: (SWIP Can’t Be) Zero

Tony asked in a comment to an article about how to calculate standard work in process (standard WIP): Can I ask you a question: Standard WIP = One piece flow? No Tony, the two are not the same. The minimum necessary amount of stock to keep flowing one piece at

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Kaizen Song: Change Agents

This kaizen song is inspired by and dedicated to each of the men and women, young and old, with whom I have been fortunate to learn about what it takes to make change happen. Change Agents (to the music of Changes by David Bowie) I didn’t know just what I’d

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Kaizen Song: Mr. Pareto

This one was inspired by hearing Mr. Roboto on the radio shortly after helping a team make good use of Mr. Pareto’s chart and related 80-20 principle during a lean implementation planning session. What else rhymes with “kilroy”? Mr. Pareto (to the music of Mr. Roboto by Styx) Domo arigato,

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Kaizen Song: Kits

It seems like many of the kaizen songs end up being about material flow and Lean logistics. At the risk of being campy, here is a lesson in Lean from musical royalty… Kits (To the melody of “Kiss” by Prince) U don’t have 2 keep the bins so full, 2

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Kaizen Song: Downstream Pull

This kaizen song is dedicated to all of you materials managers and planners out there working to establish pull systems… Downstream Pull (to the melody of “Downtown Train” by Tom Waits) Line side another yellow andon No engineers on the night time shift I look through the parts list and

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