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 •  November 16

This week we’re bringing you a keynote by Brandon Brown from the TWI/Kata conference earlier this year. Brandon shared some truly powerful examples of how kata can change lives, especially in healthcare. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The keys to success (3:17) About the hospitals...

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 •  November 13

Some say that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail. How could this be? An article The Coming Software Apocalypse in the Atlantic Monthly about the software development world offers insights. This post is the third of a 3-part exploration. Lesson #11 Invisible Complexity Unlike physical things, software is invisible. So is the complexity....

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 •  November 10

Walking is man’s best medicine. – Hippocrates Walking has become a much larger part of my life over the past few years. It started when I embraced kinhin – walking meditation. Walking slowly on the beach for an hour or so, one step per breath, barefoot and silent to engage all of the senses. The mind is calmed, allowing reality and ideas to flow...

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 •  November 9

This week’s guest is Brandon Brown. Brandon provided us with a comprehensive breakdown of both the improvement and coaching katas, in anticipation of our upcoming kata course. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Brandon’s background (5:52) The quotes that inspire Brandon (9:18) About the...

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 •  November 6

Can it be true that as many as 95% of Lean transformations fail? If so, how? Challenges from the complexities of modern software development offer insights. This post is part 2 of a 3-part exploration, inspired by the article The Coming Software Apocalypse. Lesson #6 Difficulty in Testing Our Systems “When we had electromechanical systems, we used...

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 •  November 3

At Gemba Academy we mentor and coach hundreds of lean and six sigma practitioners on an ongoing basis. As such, we’ve learned a few things about what works and what doesn’t work. And over the last few months I’ve personally experimented, and seen massive success, with one simple method. I use a scheduling tool called Calendly. I simply share my...

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 •  November 2

This week we’re giving you a sneak peek of our upcoming kata course. Ron explains why kata is so valuable, and we’ve also included some great clips from Mark Rosenthal’s classroom instruction. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The impact and value of kata (0:42) Why it’s not about the...

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 •  October 30

Reading the Atlantic Monthly article The Coming Software Apocalypse helped me see the question of “Why do lean transformations fail?” in a new context. This question is usually preceded by statements like “95% of lean transformations fail” and some prescriptions against failures. Nobody so far has cited a source to back up those numbers, nor do...

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 •  October 27

A customer recently contacted me to let me know that business conditions had changed and he would be unable to put his Gemba Academy subscription to use. He was consumed with several business problems to solve at once and was working to find his way through a field of obstacles. We arranged a phone call so I could better understand how I might be...

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 •  October 26

This week’s guest is Jess Orr. Ron sat down with Jess at AME Boston to discuss her transition from working at Toyota to taking on a new role at another company. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: Jess’s background (3:54) The tools Toyota uses (6:05) About their A3 process (7:28) Why Jess...