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Learning from mistakes: A Lean look at the April 9 United Airlines fiasco

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Learning|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Although learning from mistakes can be a painful lesson for any organization, any competent CEO or management team knows that whenever anything goes wrong, taking corrective measures against repeat performances must be their first order of business. United Airlines passenger Dr. David Dao may have suffered multiple injuries on an April 9th overbooked flight when he [...]

SMED as a Lean Tool

By | September 20th, 2016|Categories: Lean Fundamentals, Lean Learning, Lean Lingo|Tags: , , , |

Single Minute Exchange of Dies (SMED) is kind of like 5-Why’s in that each is not as specific as the name implies. The “5” in 5-Why’s is more a guideline than a specification. Likewise “single minute” is a place-holder for the amount of time that approximates the minimum amount of time it should take for a [...]

How Can Lean Help to Educate Your Senior Leadership?

By | January 14th, 2016|Categories: Leading Lean, Lean Learning|Tags: , , , , |

Leadership commitment to lean is one of, if not the most, critical requirements for a successful lean transformation. Yet one dilemma that many lean leaders have is trying to provide the lean education needed by senior leaders to effectively understand what their commitment needs to look and sound like. In most cases the demands of the [...]

Standardization–Employee Insurance

By | September 15th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

The most difficult lean principle and practice for an individual to embed in their thinking and for you to embed in your culture is the principle of “high agreement” or what is more commonly known as “standardization”. The principle of High Agreement is defined as “valuing a common way, or process, more than you value your [...]