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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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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 →

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Toyota Way Principle #13: Decide Slowly Through Consensus, Implement Rapidly TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | (This is part of a series of posts covering the 14 principles from The Toyota Way. Today we’re examining The Toyota Way principle 13.) One of the risks of implementing changes or …Continue reading →

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What P90X and Lean Have in Common TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | We’ve all seen the infomercials. (Or have you? Maybe I need to minimize my late-night television viewing.) P90X is the relatively new home workout philosophy that consists of a training regimen …Continue reading →

Vision and Value TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Everybody has the opportunity to create value, in one fashion or another. A person can merely be a “warm body” that stands in as part of a process creating a …Continue reading →

Roger Clemens and System Failure TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Yesterday former major league pitcher Roger Clemens was found not guilty on all counts of perjury with respect to the accusation that he lied to and obstructed Congress about his …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 →

Toyota Way Principle #5: Stopping to Fix Problems TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | It really pains me to see cars tape up body fixtures like broken tail lights. It looks so tacky AND fails to provide suitable coverage and protection. Sure, it’s a …Continue reading →

Questionable Sign Usage & Moving Trucks TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | A couple of weeks ago I posted about the process of moving south and sorting through belongings during packing and loading. I came across something that really stuck out to …Continue reading →

LinkedIn’s Version of the Fail Whale TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | You know about the Fail Whale on Twitter, right? If you don’t know, when Twitter gets overloaded with data transmission requests (lots of people using/checking/updating Twitter at one time) the …Continue reading →

Lean Oops! – Broken Truck Window TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | I was greeted by this “There, I Fixed It” in a Tim Horton’s parking lot in late 2011, most definitely a modified steel plate cover for a broken window. This …Continue reading →

Super Bowl XLVI, NBC Production, and the Blame Game TAGS: | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | Eight years after the infamous Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction” the Super Bowl halftime show again gets attention for the wrong reasons. Joining Madonna as a guest singer on stage at …Continue reading →

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