The NBA, the Sports Guy, and Aversion to Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Bill Simmons, editor-in-chief of Grantland.com and ESPN’s The Sports Guy, analyzed the 2011-2012 NBA season thus far and concluded that the league should strongly consider starting the regular season on …Continue reading →

Example of Investment and Return with Lean

Lean and the Profit Equation TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | To examine the impact lean implementation can have on a business, let’s look at the high-level super-simplified equation for profit. PROFIT = REVENUES – EXPENSES Components of the revenue term …Continue reading →

Dennis the Menace and the Importance of Standard Work TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | One of the key lean tools is standard work. This is the use of a clear work instruction that indicates the best practices available for completing a process. A standard …Continue reading →

Oh No! Wastes! Now What Do I Do?: The Lean Tools Primer TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | All this time we’ve talked about the lean wastes. The problems. The money we’re throwing away. The time we’ve spent poorly. And now we’ve gone out and identified them. Excess motion. …Continue reading →

Lean is Good Customer Service TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Yesterday, new Houston Astros owner Jim Crane announced some sweeping fan-friendly changes at Minute Maid Park that included: Cheaper tickets, some with food/merchandise credits Ticket plan rebates Beer specials all …Continue reading →

Evansville’s Ford Center: 3 Events in 24 Hours TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana held three different sporting events in a 24-hour period: monster truck rally, University of Evansville Lady Aces basketball game, and Evansville IceMen hockey game …Continue reading →

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What Moneyball Teaches Us About Sharing of Best Practices TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As previously discussed in another blog post, Moneyball is the story of how the Oakland Athletics challenged conventional baseball wisdom by eschewing heavy reliance on scouting reports in favor of statistical …Continue reading →

How a Pop-Top Can Lid is Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So as I was perusing Twitter, this tweet came along from Carrie Wilkerson, the Barefoot Executive (author, host, and blogger): I can relate – my semi-typical breakfast is a can of …Continue reading →

Cold Calling: The Pursuit of Happyness TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In this scene from The Pursuit of Happyness, Chris Gardner (played by Will Smith) demonstrates how reducing some wasteful activities in the office can make a big impact in productivity. …Continue reading →

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Wait, There Are More Wastes? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Well, yes, there are more wastes but they don’t fall under the category of “process wastes.” These wastes have their own way of being eliminated or minimized. Waste of utility …Continue reading →

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Spotting Waste at the Stadium: Concessions TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So now we’ve identified the eight lean wastes and dug deeper into what kinds of havoc they can wreak on resources. Let’s go see if we can find these wastes …Continue reading →

The Five Whys: Another Example TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Who doesn’t love team mascots on motorized vehicles? The idea of a moose or raccoon or a…Phanatic on an ATV – hilarious! Well, I do know of an example of …Continue reading →

The Five Whys Analysis TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | Root-cause analysis is a fancy and concise way to say “figure out the real reason something happened.” When bad or unexpected events occur, we want to know what caused it …Continue reading →

Lean is NOT Just About Cutting Costs TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | One of the important elements of lean and continuous improvement that it isn’t only about cutting expenses through waste reduction and elimination. Yes, lower costs is certainly a by-product of …Continue reading →

Finding Waste at the Stadium: Guest Blog Post for LeanBlog.org TAGS: | | | | | | | | I provided a guest blog post on finding the eight lean wastes at stadiums for Mark Graban at LeanBlog.org. Give it a read here! Mark is a well-respected author, speaker, …Continue reading →

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