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Problem Solving 101

Dan Roam of "The Back of the Napkin Blog" discusses a new book on his blog called Problem Solving 101 by Ken Watanabe.  The book was originally written in Japanese, but after great success in Japan there is now an English version selling in the US.  Here's a brief snippet from the book's web site: [...]

By | 2009-03-11T08:47:09+00:00 March 11th, 2009|Books, Business, Fun, People|0 Comments

Lean learning, JIT education, or trial by fire

Was reading Jim Womack's latest newsletter yesterday from LEI (linked newsletter content is blank right now, there was a snafu sending out email newsletter also, will probably be fixed later).  In it he discusses the challenge of developing lean leaders, both in the "real world" and through the education system. Where do the lean managers [...]

By | 2009-01-23T12:27:57+00:00 January 23rd, 2009|Life, People|0 Comments

Lean operations is like wingsuit base jumping

What?!  Yeah, okay, maybe it's a stretch.  But bear with me.  Maybe I was desperately searching for a way to include this cool video, but if nothing else, you'll get to see a really cool video. wingsuit base jumping from Ali on Vimeo. In lean manufacturing, people talk about "lowering the water level" by minimizing [...]

By | 2009-01-22T11:50:32+00:00 January 22nd, 2009|Fun, Manufacturing|0 Comments

Lean people on Twitter, anyone up for FriendFeed?

Hopefully making for some more useful conversation, I'm starting to find some more lean people on Twitter.  I'm starting to connect with people around the world that I otherwise would never meet.  Here they are in no particular order: Mark Graban: http://twitter.com/leanblog.  His focus is on healthcare and you can also read his blog here: [...]

By | 2009-01-02T12:50:20+00:00 January 2nd, 2009|Healthcare, Manufacturing, People, Technology|2 Comments

Friday Lean and Manufacturing Rundown

Lean Enterprise Institute has a blog now.  I was waiting for them to start one up.  John Shook is the primary author (maybe only?).  You can find it at http://www.lean.org/shook/. Just before Thanksgiving, Kevin Meyer shared this great post (and I've been passing along to others) on how American Apparel continues to succeed.  On a [...]

By | 2008-12-05T15:53:21+00:00 December 5th, 2008|Manufacturing, People|Comments Off on Friday Lean and Manufacturing Rundown