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The Power and Magic of Lean by Norman Bodek

Published: 2006-09-26T15:41:56-07:00


Lean Accounting


From 22 September 2006 Course Correction Complements of Norman Bodek I’m on my way back from a very successful Lean Accounting Summit, and I’m sure Bill and I will have more on this in the near future. One...



Mark Graban interviewed me this past week for his first Podcast. We talk about my discovery of Quick and Easy Kaizen, how it was the heart of the Toyota system - getting all employees involved in continuous improvement. The puzzle...

Manager's Walk


Dear Norm, An associate of mine (Jim McKinley) here in the Pensacola area sent me a copy of your reply to his question about "The Gemba Walk" article and I thought I would say hi. I produced a seminar in...

How do you find a quality croissant?


Many years ago, I visited Italy on my birthday, August 12th, and stayed at the Villa San Michele, a small luxurious hotel in Fiesole situated on a cliff with breathtaking views of Florence. The villa, attributed to Michelangelo, once a...

He Aint Dead Yet


Posted from 18 April 2006 He Ain't Dead Yet This Thursday, the 20th, Norm Bodek is slated to receive the Certified Grand Master Six Sigma Medal at an event hosted by the Portland, Oregon (Norm's home town) APICS chapter....

Respect for People


Subject: interested in your opinion Something’s been on my mind the last day or so – You’ve no doubt seen people commenting that Toyota doesn’t practice what they preach when it comes to respect for people – I don’t know...

Zero Defects


Sorry to have parted so long. I will try to be more regular. Zero Defects - Where to start? Recommend that you begin with: 1. Spotlessness - Get everyone involved in looking around them and begin to clean up their...



JIT IS FLOW – Practice and Principles of Lean Manufacturing Vancouver, WA, March 15, 2006 Fifteen years ago I had Mr. Hirano’s JIT Implemental Manual translated into English. It was a great masterpiece for anyone serious about implementing JIT. To...

Rebirth of American Industry


Rebirth of American Industry – a new book from PCS Press Vancouver, WA, March 12, 2006 -- The old saying, "as General Motors (GM) goes, so goes the nation.” Whoops! Last year GM lost 8.45 billion dollars. What does that...



In a few weeks I will have a new book published titled JIT IS FLOW. The following is the foreword to the book: Foreword to JIT IS FlOW JIT IS FlOW reminds me of a brief interchange with a Toyota...