Thanksgiving is my favorite American holiday. The football, the food, the time with friends and family. Part of the tradition is to remember and name things that we are thankful for. It’s an occasion to stop and reflect on our blessings. We should have more holidays in appreciation of gratitude.
This week we’re bringing you a keynote by Brandon Brown from the TWI/Kata conference earlier this year. Brandon shared some truly powerful examples of how kata can change lives, especially in healthcare. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The keys
Some say that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail. How could this be? An article The Coming Software Apocalypse in the Atlantic Monthly about the software development world offers insights. This post is the third of a 3-part exploration. Lesson #11 Invisible Complexity Unlike physical things, software is invisible. So
Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years. It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation. Walking slowly on the beach for an hour or so, one step per breath, barefoot and silent to engage
This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon provided us with a comprehensive breakdown of both the improvement and coaching katas, in anticipation of our upcoming kata course. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s background (5:52) The quotes that inspire
Can it be true that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail? If so, how? Challenges from the complexities of modern software development offer insights. This post is part 2 of a 3-part exploration, inspired by the article The Coming Software Apocalypse. Lesson #6 Difficulty in Testing Our Systems “When
Getting started with continuous improvement is hard. But, I think it’s safe to say that sustaining continuous improvement over the long run is even harder. At Gemba Academy we mentor and coach hundreds of lean and six sigma practitioners on an ongoing basis. As such, we’ve learned a few things
This week we’re giving you a sneak peek of our upcoming kata course. Ron explains why kata is so valuable, and we’ve also included some great clips from Mark Rosenthal’s classroom instruction. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The impact
Reading the Atlantic Monthly article The Coming Software Apocalypse helped me see the question of “Why do lean transformations fail?” in a new context. This question is usually preceded by statements like “95% of lean transformations fail” and some prescriptions against failures. Nobody so far has cited a source to
A customer recently contacted me to let me know that business conditions had changed and he would be unable to put his Gemba Academy subscription to use. He was consumed with several business problems to solve at once and was working to find his way through a field of obstacles.