5S and Five More Working from Home Hacks

For many knowledge workers it looks like working from home may be here to stay for a while. Some have found that working from home has improved productivity, due to time saved not commuting or other reasons. For others, the home environment hasn’t been as productive. One of the biggest

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GA 327 | Continuous Improvement and Humanitarianism with Andrew Parris

This week’s guest is Andrew Parris. Andrew, who works for an NGO called Medair, explained how continuous improvement can be used in a humanitarian context. The global component Andrew discusses proves how versatile these principles truly are. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In

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Six-Month Reflection Questions, Adjusted

I’m in the habit of looking back every six months, asking myself a few questions, and setting intentions for the future. In Lean terminology this is known as reflection, or hansei. January through June 2020 will go down in history as a period of disrupted routines, adjusted relationships and resources,

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GA 325 | Lean in the Non-Profit Sector with Lauren Wisniewski

This week’s guest is Lauren Wisniewski. Lauren shared her experiences helping non-profits incorporate lean, including the benefits and barriers they encounter. This episode is a great example of how lean applies to more than just manufacturing. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this

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Better Problem Solving with Empathy Maps

Maybe things have always been this way. But it seems like we are increasingly shouting at each other rather than working things out. How should we respond to a pandemic? How can we revive the economy? What to do about police brutality? What about climate change? For any large and

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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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