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GA 215 | How to Reflect on Lessons Learned with Brian Buck

This week’s guest is Brian Buck. Brian reflected back on his journey thus far and shared some of the lessons he’s learned, including the importance of defining and maintaining standards. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brian’s background (3:06) His

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Why Have Belts in Lean and Six Sigma?

Motorola and the General Electric company made the greatest contributions to introduce Six Sigma across business in the 20th century. The deployment of Six Sigma often relied on “belts” of various colors, people who completed a course of study, delivered one or more projects using the methodology, and took an

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Learn by Preparing to Teach

Many studies have shown that one of the most effective ways to learn new material is not just to perform an activity with the new knowledge, but to teach it.  It’s the reason why several companies ask interview finalists for new positions to teach a small group about some topic

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GA 214 | How to Set a Challenge with Mark Rosenthal

This week’s guest is consultant Mark Rosenthal. Mark shared some insights regarding the various components of Toyota Kata, including setting a challenge and determining a target condition. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Mark’s background (2:10) An overview of the

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How do you walk the gemba?

Later this year we’re going to produce a course focused on the gemba walk.  We have lots of ideas of how to approach this course but, like many aspects of lean, if you ask 10 “experts” how to go about the gemba walk you’ll likely get 10 different answers. So,

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Lean Leadership is Teaching Learned Helpfulness

When we use the expression “three-ring circus” we mean that the situation is chaotic and full of activity, not that it is entertaining. Chaotic or not, it takes effort to train animals to perform. Three-ring circuses and dysfunctional modern human workplaces have some things in common in this regard. Elephants are

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Where Do I Start with Lean?

Where should I start with Lean? is a common question we receive at Gemba Academy.  Some say starting with 5S is a must.  Others favor eliminating the seven deadly wastes. Others still suggest value stream mapping.  A great question is “What problem are your trying to solve?” The need for

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