Category: TPS Benchmarking

Total 145 Posts

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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GA 264 | Repeating the Process of Learning with Dr. Jeffrey Liker

This week we’re sharing an incredible keynote by Dr. Jeffrey Liker that he gave at KataCon5 earlier this year. Dr. Liker shared a wealth of information regarding his background, his lean journey, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for

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GA 226 | How to Practice Lean in the UAE with Dan Whittaker

This week’s guest is Dan Whittaker. Dan shared some interesting stories from his time working in Formula 1, and explained what it’s like applying lean in the United Arab Emirates. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Dan’s background (3:05) The

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GA 180 | How to Use Total Productive Maintenance with Jeff Gregory

This week’s guest is Jeff Gregory, a consultant with a strong industry background. Jeff and Ron talked all about TPM, OEE, and much more. Even if you’re not in manufacturing, there’s a lot to learn in this episode. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In

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GA 141 | Practicing Continuous Improvement in Japan with Zuhara Chavez

This week’s guest is Zuhara Chavez, an Industrial Engineer and PhD student. Zuhara is currently living in Japan, researching mapping tools and other continuous improvement concepts.  Ron and Zuhara discussed her work, what continuous improvement is like in Japan, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download

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The Four Pillars of Built-in Quality

The TPS house is often drawn with a triangular roof, a rectangular foundation and two rectangular columns between the foundation and roof. The space between the columns is filled with one’s choice of the systems, tools and principles to suit the lean enterprise application. There is some variation on what

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Three Things to Check During a Gemba Walk

As the teaching and implementation lean becomes more of a business there are an increasing number of 72-point surveys and 40-criteria lean maturity assessments. These certainly have value since an end-to-end customer-focused business lean enterprise strategy requires careful evaluation from the perspectives of many disciplines. However sometimes when visiting a

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