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The Culture Beast

Culture is a living embodiment of what the organization is – reflecting its past, its current customs, and foretelling its future – culture is a beast.   1,209 more words



Most often when we think of a wheel, it’s in the context of transportation, one of the more obvious and ever-present of the 7 wastes.   In fact, the first likely use of a wheel and axle was… 951 more words

Old Lean Dude

Is Just In Time Production Right For Your Company

Just In Time manufacturing or production (JIT) is a production model or inventory strategy that focuses on the creation of material only to meet demand and not to stock a surplus as a projected need. 819 more words


Kaizen Progression and Continuous Improvement

Adapting Continuous Improvement Tools to fit the Situation

Kaizen is a Japanese term meaning “improvement”, or “change for the better” – referring to the entire Continuous Improvement process. 1,518 more words

Lean Manufacturing

Stuck?  Strive for Uninterrupted Flow

If your organization’s Lean Initiative is getting bogged down or you are not seeing the benefits you hoped for, it is likely you have poor flow.  813 more words


Back To The Future

Here is an article I wrote ten years ago, recently resurrected from the lost letter file.  I can’t remember why I wrote it or for whom. 1,475 more words

Old Lean Dude

How to Rework a Charlie Brown Tree

Last weekend, as I forked over $70 for a “live” Christmas tree, I had a flashback to a very different experience when I was still a kid.  509 more words

Old Lean Dude