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Standard Work for Solving Crossword Puzzles
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Lately I have been having fun solving daily crossword puzzles with my family. By reflecting on both mistakes and successful approaches, I have arrived at a strategy, even something like standard work, for solving crossword puzzles. Step 1: Plan Pinpoint the problem. As with any type of problem-solving, clearly understanding the nature of the problem […]

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GA 273 | Lean as a Management System with Skip Steward
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This week’s guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip continued their conversation from Episode 269, diving deeper into scientific thinking, Toyota Kata, management systems, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  A quote that inspires Skip (3:16) What the word “meta” means (8:57) […]

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Six-month Reflection Questions
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A colleague recently suggested reflecting back seven years on what we learned and what we would do differently today based on that. Seven years is so long ago. It almost makes me dizzy to consider. The big issues and questions from back then seem minor or to have obvious answers in hindsight. In that period, […]

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GA 274 | Retiring from a Lean Career with George Saiz
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This week’s guest is George Saiz. George walked Ron through his career and the observations he’s made over the years, including during his time as President of AME. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The sports quote that inspires George (3:37) How George’s career […]

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The Guessing Game of Lean Leadership
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“Eliminate slogans and exhortations asking the workforce for zero defects” or other such improvement targets, Dr. Deming set down as one of his fourteen principles. Yet this piece of advice ignored by even the most dedicated continuous improvement-practicing organizations around the world. There is something about the f a slogan that leaders seem unable to […]

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GA 275 | Leading vs. Serving with Sarah Tilkens
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This week’s guest is Sarah Tilkens. A Lean Manufacturing Leader at GE Healthcare, Sarah and Ron discussed the differences between mentoring, coaching, leading, and serving. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quote that inspires Sarah (1:53) Sarah’s background (2:33) How her mentors have […]

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More Ways to Dig Deeper Using Five Questions
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On a plane the other day I listened to a Tim Ferris podcast with Chip Conley.  To be honest, I’m not usually a fan of Mr. Ferris or his long format podcasts, but I do scan his guest list from time to time to look for interesting topics.  Chip Conley was one of those.  He […]

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The Lean Leader as Player-Coach
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Player-coaches are far less common today than they were in professional sports a few decades ago. A few notable superstar players informally perform a similar role today, but under a dedicated head coach who guide the team. In modern business the player-coach is often an individual contributor who also serves as manager of a small […]

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GA 276 | Using Lean to Enrich Lives with Ben van Asselt
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This week’s guest is Ben van Asselt. Ron and Ben discussed the inspiring ways Ben and his team use lean at Lunet Zorg, an organization that provides services for people with intellectual disabilities. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn:  The quotes that inspire Ben […]

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Lean Manufacturing Thoughts:  Lean Manufacturing Rocks!
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Lean Manufacturing Rocks! OK, that’s not much of a post on Lean Manufacturing; but we have just switched our site over to this blog site where we can talk with our visitors and have some great discussion about all things Lean. Let’s have some fun with it! Bill

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Lean Production and Lean Manufacturing
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Lean Production is generally synonymous with Lean Manufacturing. You should see our “Definition of Lean Manufacturing” at this link for additional information. Boiling down “Lean Production” to a sort of “Vision Statement” or quick summary of key principles goes something like this: Lean Production is…Eliminating wastes in all processes and doing things “the best way […]

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Lean & Your Computer…a Lesson in PM, Waste & Continuous Improvement
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Hi Lean Friends, This is kind of a special post/article about a Lean Tool I use to help me on my computer. Stay with me for a minute here… Lean is about reducing waste and continuous improvement. I’m sure we can probably agree on that. Well, a couple of months ago I had a major […]

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How to Make Lean Manufacturing Successful and “Stick”: Thoughts for Top Management
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Hi, I’m Bill Hanover, Founder of TPS – ThroughPut Solutions. So, here are the biggest questions we get from senior managers and leaders…How do I find the time to implement Lean Manufacturing with everything I already have on my plate and how do we fund the process? We all know the benefits of Lean, like […]

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Understanding Takt Time – Guest Post
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Many have a hard time understanding what takt time is when it comes to Lean Manufacturing. In order to understand takt time, let’s imagine that you are a young child, and you have a paper route that you do before you go to school. The papers get delivered an hour before you have to go […]

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Introduction to Lean Manufacturing
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http://GembaAcademy.com — To see the “2011 Edition” of this video please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUUVy59J_54. By the end of this video you will know what lean manufacturing is as well as its long history. To access more than 230 Lean Manufacturing &…

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