improvement

/Tag:improvement

Are You Ready for Improvement… Really Ready?

By | February 23rd, 2016|Categories: Lean Learning|Tags: , , |

I have spent 39 years in business and industry working on improvement. I have worked with companies that are global leaders and those struggling to change in pressured markets with financial demands. The last 8 years I have consulted. I have been teacher, coach, problem solver and cheerleader for companies of a wide range of sizes [...]

Lean – What Is the ROI?

By | January 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Lean Learning, Lean Progress Newsletter|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Lean – What Is the ROI? “What is the return on investment for lean?” This question is asked frequently in our Lean Experience and Leading Lean sessions.  It’s a fair question. This week I had a chance to see a great example of the ROI of lean. A little background - the company I visited this [...]

Valuing the small improvement

By | February 11th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Small improvements matter. Yet, organizations often de-value them because they are small. They don't always do it intentionally. They may simple OVER-value the big improvements, through recognition and reward. Here are three important reasons to value making small improvements: 1. It's how you learn and build culture. Improvement is a muscle. Lots and lots of repetitions [...]

Click "Like" If You Have Enough Time

By | January 7th, 2015|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |

    I was facilitating a kaizen for a team that had decided to tackle a very challenging improvement. The process was complicated. Multiple attempts had been made to improve. The problems in the process resulted in delays and downtime that cost millions across the enterprise. It was clearly a priority with a high return. The [...]

The Perfect Game

By | June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , , |

On June 18 the LA Dodgers played the Colorado Rockies and won 8-0. Clayton Kershaw, the pitcher for the Dodgers, pitched an almost perfect game as measured by the Bill James Game Score. The Dodgers had one error. Let me be clear, I have not been a baseball fan. However, I seem to be finding some [...]

Not every improvement has to be a breakthrough

By | April 28th, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |

by Jamie Flinchbaugh So many teams that I coach, assess, observe, and otherwise engage in are looking for breakthrough results. That makes sense, right? Desperate times call for desperate measures (and we seem to keep being reminded that these are desperate times). And if I'm going to work on something, I might as well make it [...]