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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 22 September 2020, 1:00 PM
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Becoming lean is an aspiring goal for many companies. In my first post I showed you how Toyota does it … and why this may not work for you. In this second post of this series I will show you how NOT to do a lean transformation, and try to highlight common mistakes. In a ... Read more

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 21 September 2020, 11:11 PM
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As part of a discussion started by Lance Richardson on LinkedIn, I stated as a fact that SPC was not part of the Toyota Production System (TPS), which prompted several contradictors to tell me I didn’t know what I was talking about. The “evidence” they provided, however, does not refute my statement. It confirms it […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 21 September 2020, 5:17 PM
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Shigeo Shingo’s famous quote is relevant here: “Elimination of waste is not the problem; identification of waste is the problem.” Shingo did not differentiate between “necessary” and “unnecessary” Motion, for example, because ALL Motion is a waste.
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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 21 September 2020, 4:00 PM
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By Al Norval (bio)

This is one of my all-time favorite quotes by John Wooden, legendary basketball coach at UCLA where he won 10 NCAA national basketball championships over a 12 year period including an incredible 7 in a row.

I like this quote not only because it’s a nice play on words but more deeply because it’s simple, it’s obvious and painfully true.

Given that, why do so many organizations fail to plan?

Are they really planning to fail?

Granted most organizations have some semblance of a strategic plan. It may take the form of a financial plan or a 900 slide PowerPoint presentation commonly referred to as “PowerPoint Junk”. True story – even the executive version was 90 slides long and completely incomprehensible.

True planning means taking the time to grasp the situation and think deeply about the issues, then determining countermeasures that are testable. It means deploying these countermeasures by focussing the organizations resources on these countermeasures and aligning the organization to their execution. It means having a quick check/ adjust process for when things go off plan.

In reality most organizations actually do have a plan, it’s just that outside the leadership team no one knows what it is or how the work they do contributes to it and therefore people don’t follow it and don’t impact it.

So the reality is – they are planning to fail.



In case you missed our last few blogs... please feel free to have another look…

Building Quality into the Process
Standardized Work for Knowledge Workers
Difference between Hansei and a Post-mortem
TPS and Agile

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 21 September 2020, 12:00 PM
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A key part of Lean (or continuous improvement) is continuous education – learning new ideas to challenge your thinking. The Lean community of thinkers is a generous one that believes in paying it forward. Many share their knowledge and experience in blogs they write. Reading these Lean blogs can keep Lean principles and practices at the forefront of your mind as you make decisions in work and in life. Here’s a list of ten Lean blogs you should follow, in no particular order… 1) Old Lean Dude –...

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My guest for Episode #385 of the podcast is Emily Elrod, the president of the firm Workzbe, based in Georgia. We have shared interests in Lean, ergonomics, healthcare and creating better workplaces. We met earlier this year and she was kind enough to interview me for her YouTube channel. As she describes in the episode, […]

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 18 September 2020, 5:38 PM
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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Healthcare — Creating Value for Patients Another reminder that focusing on the patient and value-based care is a better approach than volumes.  Sigh – when will we actually start doing this systemically in North America? 4 Healthcare Leadership styles for 2021 Operational Excellence Does technology, the Internet of […]

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On Fridays I will post a Lean related Quote. Throughout our lifetimes many people touch our lives and leave us with words of wisdom. These can both be a source of new learning and also a point to pause and reflect upon lessons we have learned. Within Lean active learning is an important aspect on this journey because without learning we can not improve.

"You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering...

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Understanding the 5 FDA Stages for Medical Device Manufacturing | The Minitab Blog

When the effects of COVID-19 caused medical device shortages worldwide, many manufacturers rushed to pivot their production lines to meet demand. Although the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) temporarily loosened guidelines for some products like hand sanitizer, there is still a standard approval path medical device manufacturers follow in order to bring their products to market.

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In Episode 20, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh join the Colorado Lean Summit live and host a virtual happy hour while discussing the first couple days of the event's proceedings. Joining us as co-hosts are Colorado Lean Network (CLN) members Jen House (also a board member) and Katie Benik. We took some questions, shared what […]

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