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KataCon People: Skip Steward

Mon, 22 Jan 2018 05:49:33 +0000

One of the main reasons to attend KataCon is to learn from others. While many conferences are an audience listening to keynote presentations, KataCon is more of an annual get-together of a community. Whether you are considering attending for the first time (please do!), or a veteran “Kata Geek,” it is an opportunity to learn […]

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KataCon People: Skip Steward




Mike Rother: The Toyota Kata Practice Guide

Fri, 22 Dec 2017 07:57:43 +0000

When I landed in Detroit last week to visit Menlo Innovations, Mike Rother picked me up at the airport. As soon as I settled in to the passenger’s seat, he handed me my long-anticipated copy of his new book The Toyota Kata Practice Guide. That is the first disclaimer here. The second disclaimer is that […]

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Mike Rother: The Toyota Kata Practice Guide




Toyota Kata and The Menlo Way

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 19:55:48 +0000

I have been telling everyone who will listen to read Rich Sheridan’s book Joy, Inc. ever since I came across and read it in the fall of 2015. Fast forward to earlier this year when Lean Frontiers sent out their request for suggested keynote speakers for KataCon. I wrote to Mike Rother and asked him […]

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Toyota Kata and The Menlo Way




Only Action Reveals What Must Be Done

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:33:29 +0000

I am reading Story by Robert McKee (because the structure of stories interests me). There is a profound passage which totally resonates with everything we discuss here. Every human being acts, from one moment to the next, knowingly or unknowingly, on his sense of probability, on what he expects, in all likelihood, to happen when he […]

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Only Action Reveals What Must Be Done




Overproduction vs. Fast Improvement Cycles

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 00:53:14 +0000

A couple of weeks ago ago I posted the question “Are you overproducing improvements?” and compared a typical improvement “blitz” with a large monument machine that produces in large batches. I’d like to dive a little deeper into some of the paradoxes and implications of 1:1 flow of anything, improvements included. What is “overproduction” – […]

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Overproduction vs. Fast Improvement Cycles




Heavy Equipment Overhaul: Flow at Takt in 1938!

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 03:45:53 +0000

This is a great contemporary film from 1938 describing the complete overhaul of a mainline 4-6-0 steam locomotive in the U.K. What is interesting (to me) is: The overhaul involves stripping the locomotive down to individual parts. Each of the parts, in turn, flows through a process of inspection / repair or replacement, with a […]

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Heavy Equipment Overhaul: Flow at Takt in 1938!




Are You Overproducing Improvements?

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 06:52:20 +0000

Imagine a factory with a large monument machine. It takes several days to set up. When it does run, it runs very fast, much faster than you can actually use its output. Therefore, you take the excess output and store it to use later. Actually, you don’t know how many items you need to make, […]

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Are You Overproducing Improvements?




The Ecosystem of Culture

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 02:06:02 +0000

An organization’s culture and mindset evolve over time. When confronted with a problem or challenge, the organization (or more accurately, the people in the organization) view it through a filter of their experiences. Ideas that they believe have worked for them under past similar conditions are more likely to be applied again. Ideas that have […]

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The Ecosystem of Culture




Executive Rounding: Taking the Organization’s Vitals

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:59:06 +0000

Background: I wrote an article appearing in the current (October 2017) issue of AME Target Magazine (page 20) that profiles two very different organizations that have both seen really positive shifts in their culture. (And yes, my wife pointed out the misspelling “continous” on the magazine cover.) The second case study was about Meritus Health […]

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Executive Rounding: Taking the Organization’s Vitals




Make Sure Failure = Learning

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:00:55 +0000

Take a look at this cool video from Space-X that highlights all of the failures that preceded their successful (and now more or less routine) landing of a recoverable orbital booster rocket. Then let’s discuss it a bit. (Here is the direct link if you don’t get the embed in your feed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bvim4rsNHkQ) When we see […]

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Make Sure Failure = Learning