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Job shops are always very difficult to manage. As I described in my previous posts, the irregular material flow causes fluctuations that are very hard to contain. In my view, the only true fix for a job shop is to convert it into a flow shop. In this post I will talk a little bit ... Read more
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I'm really excited to have collaborated with Chris Chapman on a webinar that we presented jointly on Monday June 1. Here is the recording: You can get the slides and more here via this page. I've followed with great interest what Chris has been sharing on LinkedIn, as he uses “Process Behavior Charts” to make […]

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 1 June 2020, 4:00 PM
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By Pascal Dennis (bio)

A few years back, I had the pleasure of taking my teenage daughters, Katie & Eleanor, to Las Vegas.

We'd hoped to see the great magician, David Copperfield, who I'd seen make tigers, elephants and the like disappear. On TV I saw David make the Statue of Liberty disappear.

Sadly, he was out of town & we had to settle for Cher...

Anyhow, somehow I made the following connection. (Must have been the desert air...)

Lean's next frontier is the office -- sales, marketing, engineering, design, planning & scheduling, finance and so on.

Deploying the "profound system of knowledge" here requires us to perform reverse magic.

David Copperfield makes visible things, invisible.


We have to do the opposite & make the invisible, visible.

Office work, is what Peter Drucker called "knowledge" work - most of it is hidden in the box knows as a computer.

Our job is to take it out that box and put it up on the wall, where everyone can see it.

Otherwise, waste multiplies exponentially, and our office processes become our constraint.

Here's a challenge for you:
  • Review total lead time for your top three value streams,
  • Where is most of the delay -- in operations (factory, hospital ward, laboratory etc) or outside operations?

If you're like many organizations, most of the delay in outside operations.

Yet where do we spend most of our improvement work?

So...let's work our magic and make the invisible, visible.

Best, Pascal

PS That's what The Remedy is all about.

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

The Beauty of Making Things
What is Breakthrough?, Part 2
What Does Breakthrough Mean? - Part 1
Suggestion boxes vs Quick & Easy Kaizen

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:00 PM
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I don't know why I do it but I enjoy celebrating the anniversary of this blog every year. Last week marked the eleventh year publishing articles on a A Lean Journey.
I’d like to think that I turned my naive endeavor to share learning along my own journey into a successful contribution in the Lean community. As I have said before this labor of love has been a tremendous learning process both from the great fans and other colleagues online that I exchange with and from the process of distilling...

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by LSSU Admin - Monday, 1 June 2020, 12:43 AM
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I was asked by a writer for to share some thoughts on re-opening workplaces safely (or as safely as reasonably possible). Here is that piece: Key Steps To Assess When (And If) To Bring Employees Back To The Office I tried to draw on Lean principles and methods, as well as Lean Startup thinking […]

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It's a big webinar week for me, as I'm presenting two (here and here) and I'm moderating a new webinar in the KaiNexus series. I'm excited that we have two KaiNexus customers joining us, along another special guest expert. Real Continuous Improvement in Virtual Workplaces Click here to register. If you can't attend live, at […]

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 29 May 2020, 12:00 PM
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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.

"No man can be successful, unless he first loves his work."   — David Sarnoff (CEO, RCA)

The great majority of employees are...

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by LSSU Admin - Friday, 29 May 2020, 6:40 AM
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In today’s New York Times, N. Popovitch and M. Sanger-Katz wrote an article about how The World Is Still Far From Herd Immunity for Coronavirus, in which they treat herd immunity as if it were a characteristic of the disease only, achieved when 60% of the population has antibodies. The CDC On Herd Immunity The US […]

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Entrepreneur magazine has invited me to present a webinar next week, Wednesday June 3 about preparing to get back into the workplace. Learn more here via their website. Here is the direct registration link. What will I discuss? “As our businesses enter the new phases of a return to post-pandemic life, it will be critically […]

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How do you create culture? As I’ve learned from Mr. Isao Yoshino – and from my own experiences leading change in organizations – it happens one person at a time! In preparation for the release of my book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn in July (now available for pre-order on Amazon), I’ve been on […]

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