GA 318 | Structuring Your Continuous Improvement Efforts with Calvin Williams

This week’s guest is Calvin Williams. Ron and Calvin discussed leadership standard work and how continuous improvement could be used to navigate the global COVID-19 pandemic. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that inspires Calvin (3:30) How

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Applying Lean Thinking to Demand and Supply

Lean management is mainly associated with making operations more productive, improving safety, quality, speed and thereby lowering cost. Lean management originated from innovations in the supply chain. More recently, lean thinking has started to be applied to improving the demand side. This includes methods such as Agile development, the Lean

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GA 317 | Implementing Lean at Starbucks with Karen Gaudet

This week’s guest is Karen Gaudet. Before becoming Team Leader of Operations and Personnel at LEI, she worked for Starbucks, and she shared the story of their powerful lean transformation with us. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The

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Condition-Based Management, in Times Like These

The format of the 2020 NFL draft was different due to social distancing requirements. Instead of players and announcers on stage, spectators in the audience, and live interviews, we tuned into the home offices of coaches, personnel managers and analysts. There was fundraising and recognition for people on the front

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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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Extremely Long-Cycle Standard Work

The benefit of standard work, and good standards in general, is that it frees us to from having to figure out or to remember how to do things correctly. Good standards help us quickly distinguish between normal conditions and abnormal conditions. When we learn and follow standard work to the

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