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Around The Bases: NFL Draft Jerseys Edition TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The NFL Draft and Nike came up with a neat concept in 2012 – a way to present each first round draft pick at the Draft in New York with …Continue reading →

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Tennessee Baseball – Nation’s Fastest Field Cleanup TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The University of Tennessee baseball team claims to have the nation’s fastest pregame field cleanup. Before home games the players sprint out to handle cleanup tasks at the end of …Continue reading →

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MLB Instant Replay Still Absorbing A Lot Of Time TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Because of many obviously-blown calls (well, obvious to everyone but the umpire) in baseball but no means by which to really review and retract judgments, Major League Baseball rightfully decided …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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Customer Value is the Primary Goal of #Lean – Never Forget It TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The┬áNational League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia was initiated by an uprising of servicemen’s families during the Vietnam War who demanded that action be taken …Continue reading →

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Lean and the Law of Cosmic Laziness TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | My seventh grade math teacher at my little school in Indiana was a fellow named Matt Aukerman. In addition to being a great teacher and funny guy, he introduced us …Continue reading →

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Visual Indicators and Habemus Papam!! TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Catholics all across the world have been anxiously awaiting the election of a new Pope after the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI last month. To indicate that the papal conclave …Continue reading →

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San Francisco Giants Bobbleheads and Benefits of Supply Meeting Demand TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | CSN Bay Area columnist Andrew Baggarly reports some pretty good news for fans of bobbleheads, the San Francisco Giants, and both bobbleheads and the San Francisco Giants: the team is …Continue reading →

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Some Lean Thoughts From the Road TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Having spent significant time on the road the last month or so, I’ve come across many more opportunities for Kaizen or places where Lean thinking is applied well. ~~~~~~~ Airport …Continue reading →

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Panera Bread Coffee, Visual Management, and Reduced Motion TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Here’s an opportunity for Panera Bread to implement a slight change to their “equipment” in order to better serve the customers and the operators. The typical Panera Bread coffee customization …Continue reading →

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A Case for Kanban and Materials Management TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A prominent sports organization in the area (that shall remain nameless) normally uses an outside materials supplier to stock about 200 individual consumable items (paper products, food and drink items, …Continue reading →

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Lean is a Revenue Driver TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Lean is obviously a lot more than just elimination of waste activities in processes. It has the power to impact other areas of operations. One of the projects I managed …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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Imagery of Poka-Yoke TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A quick little background on “poka-yoke.” Also written by others as “pokayoke” or “poka yoke,” it all refers to error-proofing or mistake-proofing. And what do those terms mean? Why, making …Continue reading →

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Major League Baseball’s Pace of Play: A Snail-Mail Warning Letter! TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | So when we last left off discussing the Major League Baseball pace-of-game regulations, we saw that the league has put an auditing process in place (albeit a questionable one) and …Continue reading →

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