Category: Lean

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GA 224 | How to Apply Lean in Different Countries with James Newell

This week’s guest is James Newell. James is American but has lived in Germany for the past twenty years, and he shared his experiences applying lean there. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: James’ background (2:17) When James got into

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GA 223 | How to Apply Lean to the Government with Justin Kenney

This week’s guest is Justin Kenney. Justin, who works for the state of Vermont, explained how he and his team leverage continuous improvement at the government level. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Justin’s background (2:15) The quote that inspires

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Thinking About Thinking

For the past several years I’ve been fascinated by how we think – and how that affects us, our leadership, and the organizations we’re a part of.  A couple years ago I wrote about the beginner’s mind and the various forms of bias, particularly confirmation bias.  Over the past couple

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GA 222 | How to Sustain Improvements with Brian DeVries

This week’s guest is Brian DeVries. Ron and Brian talked about sustaining improvements and showing empathy throughout the process. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brian’s background (2:01) About Brian’s company, Zeeland Farm Services (4:50) Their lean journey (6:08) Why

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GA 221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen

This week’s guest is Stephen Derksen. Ron and Stephen discussed Toyota Kata and learning how to think in a scientific manner. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Stephen’s background (2:44) About Barkman Concrete (5:03) Lean in Canada (5:39) Barkman’s CI

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How to Civilize an Elevator

As recently as four years ago, my worked involved constant international travel. This is no longer the case. I miss very little of that life. One thing that I do miss is the exposure to other cultures, in particular how humans in various environments choose to communicate visually. It’s always

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Set Full Sail

  Getting started with lean in an existing organization is a challenge on many levels.  Often some of the most important steps in a lean journey are not recognized. A common place people think they start is with 5S.  It’s an excellent way to begin improvement practices and daily routines

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