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What Your Father Can Teach You About Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Fathers Day to all of the dads, grandpas, great-grandpas, uncles, and dads soon-to-be out there. Fathers Day has evolved a little bit into a day of phone calls, golf, …Continue reading →

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What is Value? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As continuous improvement practitioners we are always discussing value-added versus non-value-added activities. We are also tasked with identifying cheaper or cost-cutting alternatives. Employees are considered valuable if they do the …Continue reading →

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The Indianapolis 500 and Continuous Improvement TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The Indianapolis 500, which runs every Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, is nicknamed “the greatest spectacle in racing” but it can also be considered the proving ground for many breakthrough …Continue reading →

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The Augusta Riverhawks and the Case for Quality TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As reported in March, the ice maintenance system at James Brown Arena in Augusta broke down and forced the Augusta RiverHawks minor league hockey team to relocate their games to …Continue reading →

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#Kaizen & The Leaky Rowboat TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | You’re in a rowboat that has sprung a leak and is taking in water. You’re rowing your now-leaky rowboat to shore but a couple miles away. What are your options? …Continue reading →

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Costly Ice System Problems Could Mean Augusta Riverhawks Hockey Team Flies Away TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The Augusta Riverhawks, an independent minor league hockey team in the Southern Professional Hockey League, were forced to vacate its final home games of the season because of a breakdown of …Continue reading →

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The Chicken Wing Shortage and Super Bowl Week TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | There is a rumor, as seems to be every year for Super Bowl week, that we are suffering from a shortage of chicken wings. While it’s apparently true that the …Continue reading →

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The Filth and Disgusting Health Behaviors at Wrigley Field TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I came across this little op-ed piece on ESPN.com’s Playbook about Wrigley Field being the grossest sports stadium in the four major North American sports leagues, sharing a little bit …Continue reading →

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Lean Oops!: Slightly Political Edition TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As is a theme that I hope continues, here are some more Lean Oops! scenarios courtesy of contributors to Reddit.

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Preparing Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for Notre Dame-Navy Football TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In one of this college football generation’s most unique experiences, the University of Notre Dame will take on the U.S. Naval Academy tomorrow morning in Dublin, Ireland at Aviva Stadium. …Continue reading →

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Lean Oops!: More Internet Images! TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | With as much content that can be found at Reddit.com and ThereIFixedIt.com, this might have to become a regular weekend feature. I hope duct tape isn’t a commonly-used repair tool …Continue reading →

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The Hassle of Rolling Loose Change TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Rolling loose change is a pretty annoying practice. It’s extremely time consuming, to the point that I simply collect coins in a large tin (or large plastic Coke bottle bank) …Continue reading →

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Lean Oops! Random Stuff on the Internet TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So from time to time I check out reddit.com, the “Front Page of the Internet.” A community of readers and commenters post interesting (and mostly funny) things they find around …Continue reading →

Using Toyota Way Principle #8 on Everyday Technology TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is a continuation of a series of posts reviewing the principles of The Toyota Way.) As previously mentioned, the eighth principle from The Toyota Way states: “Use only reliable, …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #5 – Identifying Problems TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As previously posted, the fifth principle from The Toyota Way: “Build a culture of stopping to fix problems, to get quality right the first time.” In order to stop and …Continue reading →

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