Browsing All posts tagged under »continuous improvement resolutions«


April 13, 2015


Sometimes we receive unreasonable and confusing directions, and sometimes we give them. Check out this example. As in the short video clip, even if the systems behind this confusion are sound and the motivations reasonable, when you put them together they can create a frustrating no-win situation. Here are a few examples from my recent […]

Lean Transformers

April 23, 2013


A few years ago, after I gave a speech on Lean at a meeting of the Transformer Association  (like the kind on the telephone poles providing electricity to your home), my then six-year old son, Ben, asked me if I’d met Megatron.  His question caused me to chuckle at the images we assign to our […]

Lean Avoidance

April 1, 2013


I went to the gym this morning, April 1, and the gym’s owner, sole employee, and pretty much everyone’s personal trainer, Howie, asked me the same question he asks me every time I see him:  “What’s your weight?” “Stayed the same,” I said, but jokingly added, “Actually, I’m ahead of the game because yesterday I […]

Superficial Resolutions

January 4, 2013


As we begin another new year, here’s a post about resolutions.  In most organizations there are plans for something new in 2013 – maybe a new product or market, or a new machine or facility.  For those of us in the Lean world, new also means re-new – getting better with what we already have. […]


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