Category: Lean

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GA 323 | Pivoting From Furniture to Personal Protective Equipment with Jeff Kaas

This week’s guest is Jeff Kaas. Jeff explained how Kaas Tailored went from making furniture to making PPE in response to COVID-19. Jeff also shared some of the mistakes they’ve made, including reverting to batch production.  A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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Lean Thinking for Solving Systemic Problems

People are marching worldwide in protest of police violence. They are demanding wide-ranging changes to law enforcement and criminal justice. This is bringing the systemic problem of institutional racism into mainstream consciousness. Systemic problems persist not due to a lack of effort or concern but often due to misdirected efforts.

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GA 322 | Tailoring the Kata Model with James Newell

This week’s guest is James Newell. Ron and James explored the ways James has tailored the kata model to better suit different teams and industries. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires James (2:50) James’s background

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Containment at the Source

The past few months have required us to rethink some long-held norms. What jobs are essential? How can we learn, work and play without meeting face to face? What’s the true cost of global supply chains? How tightly do we need to adhere to the genchi genbutsu principle? Why bother

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GA 321 | Adapting to the Future with Rodrigo Picoli

This week’s guest is Rodrigo Picoli. Ron and Rodrigo discussed the future of lean, the concept of the “beginner’s mind,” and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Rodrigo (4:09) His thoughts on Industry 4.0

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Why Do We Disrespect the 4th S of 5S?

The 5S method is widely recognized as a fundamental and foundational part of Lean management. Without the basic discipline to remove clutter and distractions, put things back where they belong, and plug our leaks and sources of cutter, we live in chaos. We lose things, we waste time searching or

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GA 319 | The Danger of Expertise with Audie Penn

This week’s guest is Audie Penn. Ron and Audie talked about the ways that lean can be used to help teams solve unique problems. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Audie (2:40) Audie’s background (3:13)

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