GA 224 | How to Apply Lean in Different Countries with James Newell

GA 224 | How to Apply Lean in Different Countries with James Newell

By Steven Bonacorsi

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This week’s guest is James Newell. James is American but has lived in Germany for the past twenty years, and he shared his experiences applying lean there. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn:

  • James’ background (2:17)
  • When James got into lean (5:21)
  • The state of lean in Germany (6:32)
  • The quotes that inspire James (7:38)
  • What reanimation means (9:44)
  • Examples (11:46)
  • The results (15:45)
  • James’ advice (19:22)
  • Preventing the need to jumpstart (21:15)
  • Why we go from “What” to “How” (22:30)
  • What James would do if he could go back in time (26:13)
  • A time when James failed to sell someone on continuous improvement (27:15)
  • A time when James succeeded (29:03)
  • What Americans could learn from the Germans and vice versa (31:27)
  • What “Respect for People’ means to James (34:03)

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What Do You Think?

What differences have you observed regarding the nature of lean in different countries?

By: Ron Pereira: Lean Thinker & Co-Founder of Gemba Academy
Posted: July 19, 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.
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