The Often Overlooked Topic of the Challenge in Toyota Kata

The first step of the Improvement Kata — “Understand the Direction or Challenge” — is often overlooked, but is highly important for the three steps that follow. In this video Tyler Fife shares experiences from BiAmp Systems in Portland, Oregon to provide an excellent description of what Challenge is, how Continue reading

A Lean Interpretation of Professor Christensen’s Talk

I base my Lean Thinking on 3 principles. Standardization, Improvement, and Exploration. The little “i” of innovation is provided through SDCA and PDCA. Standard Work (SDCA) creates a can-do attitude and frees up time for problem-solving. Applying PDCA, allows you to “see” opportunities for improvement and leverages the resources in Continue reading

How do you use Lean and Six Sigma?

Is Lean the umbrella and then you attack it with Six Sigma projects or is it mostly Lean? Or, mostly Six Sigma?  What’s the relationship between the two? -jd Jason Kilgore: Well, from a project management standpoint and I have to try a little bit of project management I by Continue reading

Creating Process Excellence in Government

 When we talk about Lean and Six Sigma, it takes a certain amount of expertise to implement it. How do you visualize taking Lean and/or Six Sigma through the government? I mean, it’s in pockets right now, but do you just grow from them pockets? Or how do you visualize Continue reading

Are Lean and Agile Equal Partners?

An industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, Product Portfolio Management, Scrum and Agile Design, Alan Salloway helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. He is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives In a past podcast (Related Podcast and Transcription: Shalloway Continue reading

Challenging the Traditional Pillars of Lean?

Today’s businesses are increasingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. He says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for “smart simplicity.” (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.). His Continue reading

The Differences between Standard Work and TWI

In last weeks podcast with Alain Patchong, the founder of the TheOneDayExpert and author of a series of books on Standard Work, I discussed with him the differences and the similarities of TWI and Standard Work. Below is an excerpt from the conversation. The related transcription and podcast can be Continue reading

Old Style Thinking of Plan – Do

One of my favorite authors (even though he has turned me down several times for a podcast) is Jim Highsmith. Jim has authored, several books with my favorite being Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition) which comes as no surprise to most readers of this blog. One of Continue reading

Solutions – Simple Enough for Everyone to Master

Alain Patchong is the founder of the TheOneDayExpert and author of a series of books on Standard Work. TheOneDayExpert is built around the simple idea that in today’s highly competitive environment, industry, which has already harvest low-hanging fruits, cannot rely anymore on single-minded or one-size-fits-all tools. TheOneDayExpert leverages 20+ years Continue reading

Respect in Lean

I asked Michael Balle in a past interview (Related Podcast and Transcription: Pushing Kaizen Beyond the Walls) what the term “respect” means in Lean. Michael Ballé is the co-author of, The Gold Mine, and The Lean Manager. His most recent book is Lead with Respect. Joe:  You touched upon a point Continue reading