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Labor Day is dedicated to celebrating the social and economic achievements of American workers and their contributions to our country’s welfare and prosperity.
It was created by the American labor movement in the late 19th century when many workers worked 12 hour days, seven days a week, often in unsafe conditions. With workers growing frustrated with their working conditions, low pay, and lack of breaks, labor unions became increasingly prominent in the U.S. The first Labor Day was...

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Reposted from last year, here are a few past blog posts on the theme of Labor Day and it's hopefully a helpful reminder to focus on safety and our obligation to employees. Let's keep up our work that aims to create better workplaces for all...

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 4 September 2020, 7:08 PM
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Thanks as always to Ryan McCormick for this… Healthcare — Creating Value for Patients The response of healthcare providers during Covid-19 reminds us of their vast creativity and professionalism.  How come this has been largely squandered when driving quality improvement in normal times?  It's time to rethink quality improvement in the wake of the pandemic. Healthcare […]

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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.


"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And...

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by LSSU Admin - Thursday, 3 September 2020, 12:00 PM
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While I'm mostly staying home because of the pandemic, I sometimes treat myself to a Starbucks beverage while I'm out running errands. I have traditionally been a black coffee drinker (blonde roast, mostly), which means my orders are easy and they are ready quickly. In recent years, though, I have really fallen in love with […]

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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 2:29 PM
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I'm excited that the first episode of my new podcast “My Favorite Mistake” is now released! You can listen to it and learn more via my MarkGraban.com website: Episode #1 of My Favorite Mistake: Kevin Harrington & Mark Timm, Sharks and Mentors I'll post a link to each weekly episode here on my blog. I […]

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Updating Graphs, Making Patterned Data and More Tips & Tricks to Help You Master Minitab

Last month we published a blog post on 5 Tips for Handling Messy Data. Last week we presented a webinar, Tips & Tricks for Minitab. When I saw feedback on LinkedIn from “extremely informative and enjoyable” to noting the importance of “looking for opportunities for continuous learning,” I’m reassured you all want more!

 
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by LSSU Admin - Wednesday, 2 September 2020, 12:00 PM
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Paul Akers is the founder and president of FastCap, a product development company specializing in woodworking tools and hardware for the professional builder.Paul is an energetic speaker whose core passion is helping people discover their full potential and showing others how to implement Lean in their business and personal life. Paul learned to embrace adventure and pursue excellence from his father when he earned the rank of Eagle Scout at the young age of 14. About 10 years ago, Paul decided...

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by LSSU Admin - Tuesday, 1 September 2020, 1:00 PM
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Today, AllAboutLean.com turns seven years old. Hurray! Amazing how fast time flies. Time to look back again on what happened. This is my 370th post on this blog. For seven years I have published a blog post every week going into the details of lean manufacturing and related topics (and once per year a birthday ... Read more

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I was really happy to see this publication by Toyota, from Japan but in English: “Akio Toyoda's View on Toyota Production System“ There are seven sections: 1. Sakichi Toyoda looked to ease his mother's burdens 2. Improving productivity was not the main purpose 3. How Akio sees Jidoka (automation with a human touch) 4. How […]

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