Category: Manufacturing

Total 257 Posts

GA 324 | From Software Engineers to Face Shield Manufacturers with Radek Pietruszewski

This week’s guest is Radek Pietruszewski. To help fight COVID-19 in Poland, Radek and his software engineering colleagues figured out how to quickly manufacture thousands of face shields. He and Ron discussed the details of this impressive project. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

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Respect for Humanity: To Be Lean or Not to Be, That Is the Question

The following article was written for Gemba Academy by Mohamed Saleh, PhD Many of us grew up admiring figures like Gandhi, King Arthur, Michael Jordan, figures of faith, and our own parents for how they inspired us. They gathered followers for their integrity, intellect, courage, vision, and inspirational leadership qualities.

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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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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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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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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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GA 316 | Leading During a Crisis with Sam MacPherson

This week we’re sharing the audio of a webinar by Sam MacPherson. Sam discussed leading and communicating during a crisis, preparing for a crisis, applying SMED in a crisis, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  About Sam

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GA 313 | The Eight Pillars of Total Productive Maintenance with Balaji Chandrasekar

This week’s guest is Balaji Chandrasekar. Ron and Balaji reviewed the pillars of TPM, the challenges involved, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Balaji (3:11) Balaji’s background (3:55) About TPM, or Total Productive

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GA 312 | Practicing Kata in Secret with Tracy Defoe

This week’s guest is Tracy Defoe. Ron and Tracy discussed why people practice Toyota Kata and continuous improvement in secret, and why it’s problematic. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Tracy (3:46) Tracy’s background (5:27)

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