Category: Lean

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GA 378 | Lean in Construction with Robert Penney

This week’s guest is Robert Penney. Robert, whose background is in construction, explained how the industry uses lean, what tools they use, etc. Robert also had some great books to recommend. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote

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The Five Steps to Getting Better at Anything

Jerry Seinfeld is an immensely successful comedian. He has achieved fame and fortune through his skill at making funny observations about everyday things. An Inc. magazine article asks him why he still works so hard and receives a simple yet powerful answer. There are some familiar themes and lessons here

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GA 377 | Psychological Safety and the 5Cs with Karyn Ross and Jessica House

This week’s guests are Karyn Ross and Jessica House. Karyn and Jessica talked about their work with kindness, mental health, and psychological safety in the workplace. They then walked Ron through the 5Cs and how you can deliberately practice them. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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GA 376 | Navigating Visual Management and the Obeya Method with Greg Woods

This week’s guest is Greg Woods.  Ron and Greg talked about the various approaches to visual management, including physical and digital strategies. They also discussed the obeya method and what it entails. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The

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Respect for Soft Skills

In lean circles we talk a lot about respect for people. Along with continuous improvement, it’s one of two core elements of the Toyota Way brand of lean thinking. In contrast to the tools and techniques of continuous improvement, the practical methods of respect for people can be nebulous. Unlike

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GA 375 | Ending Human Suffering with Process Improvement with Kyle Kumpf

This week’s guest is Kyle Kumpf. Ron and Kyle discussed Kyle’s experience using lean in engineering versus banking, and what he’s learned from the pandemic. Kyle also explained why he wants to use process improvement to end human suffering. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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How to Think Long Term

One of the 14 Toyota Way principles is to think long term. In fact, it’s the first on the list. What does it mean exactly to base decisions on the long term, in the context of lean management? Reading carefully, we can see that nearly half of the principles address

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GA 374 | Lean, Learning, and Karate with Kieran Dougall

This week’s guest is Kieran Dougall. Ron and Kieran discussed Kieran’s manufacturing background and how he discovered lean. Kieran also described his experience with karate and how it relates to lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes

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