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Increase the Return on Lean Training Investments

By | June 16th, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Lean Training is usually an integral part of the lean journey. Lean Training occurs in the beginning to introduce organizations to the basics or to align teams with a variety of backgrounds and experiences in lean. Workshops and training sessions are conducted during the lean journey to add a new way of thinking or a new [...]

Video: Walk-out Wednesdays at Network Rail

By | January 2nd, 2013|Categories: Videos|Tags: , , , , , , |

In our first video with a client, Andy Carlino discusses with Phil Verster of Network Rail the practice of Walk-out Wednesdays. This routine gets people to the "gemba", or real place where the real work is done, to practice fundamentals such as direct observation and waste elimination. [viddler id=d69fd878 h=370 w=437]

If You Want to Learn More About Lean–Quit Reading Books About Lean

By | May 7th, 2012|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

On the surface this really sounds like a dumb thing to say particularly coming from someone who has co-authored a relatively successful lean book.  It is also counterintuitive.   Shouldn’t you always read books specifically about the subject you are trying to master?  What I recently discovered is that I’m learning more about lean by reading seemingly unrelated books.    […]

Promoting Employee Engagement–A Cautionary Tale

By | December 22nd, 2011|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Those of you who know me are aware that I have been slow to embrace the power and value of social media.  Fortunately my friend and partner, Jamie Flinchbaugh, has convinced me of the error of my ways.  This is my 1st foray into the blogosphere and I hope to be a valuable contributor. Although it is becoming less common, unfortunately it is still not uncommon to find employees, and even entire departments, unwilling to participate and contribute ideas or suggestions to improve their organization.  The reasons are wide and varied and often would take a psychiatrist’s couch to understand.  The following is a tale of an extremely important department in a company, we will call them AAA, that was not only unwilling to be engaged, they were downright militant about it. […]

Begin the Learning with Waste

By | February 24th, 2010|Categories: Blog, Videos|Tags: , , , |

We have been developing, deploying, and evolving a practice we call the Lean Learning Laboratory since 1995. It is a method for going an inch-wide, mile-deep into lean change and follows a model of Learn it, Apply it, Reflect on what you learned. Many groups like to start with things like 5S. We like teams learning [...]