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The Broken Baseball Hall of Fame TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Baseball has perhaps the most famous Hall of Fame in the world, the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. Today, a few more of baseball’s elite will …Continue reading →

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Richie Incognito, Miami Dolphins, and Respect for People TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | The Jonathan Martin/Richie Incognito/Miami Dolphins coverage has been going for about a week now and I’m not going to jump into all of the details of what did or did …Continue reading →

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Agile Development and MLB Instant Replay TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Earlier this season Major League Baseball announced a planned expansion of instant replay use, similar to concepts applied in college football and the NFL, with the intent of improving the …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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“We Don’t Have Time for Kaizen” TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In a past career stop, I was in a manufacturing production meeting providing a recap of a failed Kaizen event held on the shop floor the day earlier. The event …Continue reading →

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The High Cost of Penny Production TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | In recent years I’ve heard rumors that the production costs and materials of a penny are greater than the value of the penny itself. In high school chemistry I recall …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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Politics and (the Lack of) Root Cause Analysis TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | As a continuous improvement practitioner, I have a significant disdain for politics. By politics, in this case I’m referring to the democratic elections and campaigning by individuals running for public …Continue reading →

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Toyota Way Principle #14: Become a Learning Organization TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is part of a series looking at the 14 Principles of The Toyota Way. Here we look at Toyota Way Principle 14.) This is the final principle, the one …Continue reading →

A Lamborghini & Process vs. System TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I have encountered multiple scenarios in my career where upper management was under the impression that putting in fancy new systems and technology would dramatically boost productivity and the quickness …Continue reading →

The Big Oops with the Barclays Center TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | You know the phrases “too many chefs in the kitchen” and “too many Chiefs, not enough Indians” or “a camel is a horse designed by a committee?” Too many people …Continue reading →

Continuous Improvement and Our Founding Fathers TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Happy Independence Day 2012 everybody! In between bites of our burgers or brats and swigs of beer, let’s also take the time to thank all of those who have made …Continue reading →

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How Do We Establish A Standardized Process? TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I’ve posted a lot recently about the importance of implementing a standardized process – the ability to audit and measure, the ease of implementing improvements across the board, establishment of …Continue reading →

Toyota Way Principle #4: Level Out the Workload TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is the fifth post in a series about the 14 Principles of The Toyota Way.) As previously stated, the ideal process will have implemented continuous flow featuring time-balanced process …Continue reading →

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