Category: Kaizen

Total 218 Posts

GA 296 | How Toyota Uses Agile with Nigel Thurlow

This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow, Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. Nigel explained how Toyota uses agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and adapt to fast-changing conditions. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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GA 295 | What’s New at LEI with Jean Cunningham

This week’s guest is Jean Cunningham. Recorded at AME Chicago, Ron and Jean discussed what’s happening at LEI, some of Jean’s book recommendations, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A Lean Enterprise Institute update (1:59) Lean in

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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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GA 291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith

This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Denise (2:34) How Denise was introduced to continuous improvement

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Reframe Your Thinking

Part of my role at Gemba Academy is to coach customers along their continuous improvement journey.  Coaching sessions are typically brief phone conversations that help clients continually realign their efforts with organizational goals and personal objectives. Part of the coaching conversation involves acknowledging obstacles. Thoroughly understanding the obstacles between current

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Reflections on a Lean Futuring Discussion

Last week I met with a dozen Lean practitioners, leaders, consultants, and advisors for the purpose of understanding where we’re headed as both individuals and as a community.  We had a very deliberate and structured discussion over the course of about five hours.  There were many insightful points made and

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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

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GA 271 | Scientific Thinking as a Lifestyle with Panos Efsta

This week’s guest is Panos Efsta. Ron and Panos discussed the value of scientific thinking, confirmation bias, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that inspires Panos (1:46) Panos’s background (2:30) About Seeing to Understand (4:37) What

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