GA 226 | How to Practice Lean in the UAE with Dan Whittaker

GA 226 | How to Practice Lean in the UAE with Dan Whittaker

By Steven Bonacorsi

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This week’s guest is Dan Whittaker. Dan shared some interesting stories from his time working in Formula 1, and explained what it’s like applying lean in the United Arab Emirates. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • Dan’s background (3:05)
  • The lean culture at Ferrari (5:45)
  • Witnessing the pit crew changeover (6:40)
  • What Dan did after Formula 1 (7:52)
  • About Strata (8:44)
  • The cultural differences (9:32)
  • Lean and kaizen at Strata (12:06)
  • How Strata uses Gemba Academy (14:23)
  • Overcoming resistance (16:59)
  • About their version of TPS, “SPS” (18:14)
  • Strata’s other initiatives (19:19)
  • Switching from a “Push” to a “Pull” system (23:59)
  • The benefits they’ve realized (24:57)
  • Advice Dan would give his younger self (27:28)
  • Where Dan thinks lean is going (28:38)
  • The area of lean Dan struggles with (29:41)
  • Some good advice Dan has received (32:39)
  • The knowledge or skill area Dan wants to improve (33:34)
  • Dan’s final words of wisdom (34:23)

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Original: https://blog.gembaacademy.com/2018/08/02/ga-226-how-to-practice-lean-in-the-uae-with-dan-whittaker/
By: Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker & Co-Founder of Gemba Academy
Posted: August 2, 2018, 10:00 am

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Steven Bonacorsi

Steven Bonacorsi is the Founder of the Lean Six Sigma Group, President of ISLSS, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt

Steven Bonacorsi, President at the International Standard for Lean Six Sigma (ISLSS)
- Master Black Belt in Lean Six Sigma Methodology.
- Expert in Kaizen event for rapid project execution.
- Certified PMP (Project Management Professional)
- Masters in Business Administration (MBA)
- Masters in Computer Information Systems (MS-CIS)
- Numerous IT certifications.
- Over 20 years of Professional Business Consulting experience at the C-Level.
Executive Master Black Belt leading $ billion business transformation projects globally in multiple Industries. I am a leader who delivers results.