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Cycles of Lean

Working with Lean in Sales and Marketing have afforded me the opportunity to see tools in a different way. It has allowed me to see them from what I might call an outside-in perspective. Where most Coaches and Trainers come from the internal world of development and manufacturing, I came Continue reading

Implementing TWI Skills Into Daily Routines, Part 2

Mark Warren, of Tesla2 Inc. has decades years of experience working with Tier 1 and 2 suppliers to improve their manufacturing productivity and quality. He travels the world to learn and teach about Lean and most specifically TWI.  He likes to concentrate on problem solving methodologies as applied to lean Continue reading

Understanding the Coaching Kata

At the 9th Annual TWI Summit in Jacksonville, FL, Brandon Brown will be conducting a Toyota Kata workshop on May the 13th. Brandon delivers tangible and sustainable continuous improvement results as a Toyota Kata Coach and Lean Instructor/Facilitator as an Associate for the W3 Group. Toyota Kata is documented in 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

Putting the Kata into Action

This particular video, Putting the Kata into Action is the last video of a 7-part series with Brandon Brown where we discussed the the Toyota Kata. Toyota Kata is documented in Mike Rother’s book Toyota Kata: Managing People for Improvement, Adaptiveness and Superior Results. The series consist of these 7 Continue reading

Kata – Picking the Obstacle to Overcome

This particular video, Picking the Obstacle to Overcome was one of my favorite passages during this series. The 7-part video series with Brandon Brown on the Toyota Kata touched upon some of the finer points of the Toyota Kata versus staying at the 20,ooo foot level. Toyota Kata is documented Continue reading

Using Kata for Alignment

This video is part of a 7-part series with Brandon Brown discussing the Toyota Kata. The series will consist of these videos: What is Toyota Kata Using Kata for Alignment Establishing Target Conditions Picking the Obstacle to Overcome Overcoming the Unmovable Obstacle The Coaching Kata Putting the Kata to Action Continue reading

Are You Successful at Implementing Lean?

Last week I started a 7-part video series with Brandon Brown a Toyota Kata Coach and Lean Instructor/Facilitator as an Associate for the W3 Group. The first part of the videos series started with What is Toyota Kata?. After the podcast, Brandon told me what he was told when he Continue reading

Using the Job Relations Program of TWI

The practical nature of the TWI program makes it the ideal vehicle to commence leader capability development. So much so, that Oscar practices the skills in his everyday working life. Oscar Roche is is the Director of Training Within Industry Institute in Australia.  Related Podcast and Transcription: The People Side Continue reading

Can Training Within Industry be used for Introducing Lean?

The System Director of Performance Improvement at Baptist Memorial Healthcare in Memphis, Tennessee, Skip Steward, is my guest this week for the first of a two-part podcast. Skip has a variety of accomplishments, qualifications and certifications in the quality improvement field that includes being a Shingo Examiner for the Shingo Continue reading

Can HR find a use for TWI’s Job Relations?

I have extended my interest more deeply into Training within Industry (TWI) which was presented in a very unique way in the book, The 7 Kata: Toyota Kata, TWI, and Lean Training. The book was published in 2012 and authored by Pat Boutier and Conrad Soltero. It received the Shingo Award for Continue reading