Category: Toyota

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GA 332 | Lean, Fashion Photography, and E-Commerce with Adam Murfin

This week’s guest is Adam Murfin. Adam described how he uses lean in fashion photography, including the pre and post-production stages. This episode is a great example of how versatile and universal lean really is. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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GA 331 | Leading and Learning at Toyota with Katie Anderson

This week’s guest is Katie Anderson. Ron and Katie discussed Katie’s new book, the roles of a leader,  joy versus happiness, and much more. Katie also shared some special stories about esteemed Toyota leaders like Isao Yoshino and John Shook. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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GA 329 | Gathering Lean Stories with Dewey Mauldin

This week’s guest is Dewey Mauldin. Dewey, who works for Daimler Trucks, shared some of the experiences that have stuck with him over the years. Dewey specifically touches on takt time, purchase processes, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode

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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 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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GA 308 | Lessons Learned at Toyota with Andy Reith

This week’s guest is Andy Reith. Ron and Andy discussed working at Toyota, the challenges small businesses face, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Andy (2:32) Andy’s background (3:18) What Andy learned from

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GA 298 | Defining Standardized Work with Mike Thelen

This week’s guest is Mike Thelen. Ron and Mike explored all things standardized work, including the components, how often it should be improved, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Mike (1:53) Mike’s background

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GA 297 | The Importance of Hansei and Revitalization with Katie Anderson

This week’s guest is Katie Anderson. Katie described what it’s like working with former Toyota leader Mr. Isao Yoshino, and why the practices of reflection and revitalization are so critical. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that

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How to Run Kata in the Classroom

If you’re interested in learning how to think scientifically I strongly recommend the Kata in the Classroom (KiC) exercise. I’ve personally run a number of KiC workshops.  On one end of the spectrum I’ve run workshops for children as young as 7-years-old.  And on the other end I’ve conducted workshops

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GA 296 | How Toyota Uses Agile with Nigel Thurlow

This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow.  At the time of this recording Nigel was Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. He has since moved on from Toyota Connected.  Nigel explained how Toyota has used agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and

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