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What The Gym Can Teach Us About Lean TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Lean muscle. Lean meat. Lean production. Surely they have a lot in common, yes? I get asked all the time what it means to be Lean. It astounds me that …Continue reading →

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College Football and the Lack of PDCA TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Pretend for a moment you’re a company with a few manufacturing lines. Some are big, some are small, some are complex, and there’s one that gets a lot of attention …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #8: Use The Proper Technology TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is a continuation of a series of posts on the principles of The Toyota Way.) Technological advancements over the years have been a part of many breakthrough process improvements. …Continue reading →

Defects and Excess Motion at a Sandwich Shop TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | This past weekend I visited Edisto Beach in South Carolina. (If you’ve never been, it’s lovely and relatively quiet.) After hitting the driving range just off the main drag on …Continue reading →

Overproduction, Defects, and How Disney’s “John Carter” Might Flop TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The process of Hollywood movie production has always appeared to work contrary to lean principles. Studios will invest lots of money on talent, technology, time, and marketing for films that …Continue reading →

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