Episodes

Oscar Roche: (EP 43) Toyota Kata is not a method, but rather a pattern of practicing scientific thinking.

In this episode, Oscar Roche, who has been practicing TWI and Lean for over a decade in Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Southeast Asia, shares his experiences...

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Adam Lawrence: (EP 42) What are the ‘Wheel of Sustainability’s’ elements?

In this episode, Adam Lawrence, who has over 30 years of expertise in process improvement activities and has guided over 300 Kaizen events in a variety of industries throughout...

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Mark Graban: (EP 41) React Less, Lead Better, Improve More…..

In this episode, Mark Graban, an internationally recognized consultant, author, professional speaker, podcaster, and entrepreneur talks about Lean management, continuous improvement, statistical methodology, and people-centered leadership approaches. We discuss...

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Art Byrne: (EP 40) Lean as a time-based strategy for growth. If you can compete on time, almost anything is a possibility.

In this episode, Art Byrne, a living legend in the field of lean has applied lean concepts in over 30 companies in 14 countries over the last 30 years. He...

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Karyn Ross: (EP 39) Competition generates a great deal of fear, and fear is what motivates unkind behavior.

In this episode, Karyn Ross, author of six books and founding mother of ‘Women in Lean,’ discusses the importance of being a kind, compassionate, and empathic leader. She candidly discusses...

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Mike Osterling: (EP 38) Value Stream Mapping is not a Tactical Improvement Activity, It’s a Strategic Activity.

In this episode, Mike Osterling, the author of two books and a 20-year leader in Lean transformations in manufacturing, distribution, energy, financial services, and healthcare discusses value stream mapping...

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Chad Laux: (EP 37) Can Lean help you recruit and develop high potential future leaders?

In this episode, Chad Laux, an Associate Professor of Purdue University & a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), shares his 25 years of Lean experience. He...

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Lance Mortlock: (EP 36) Build organizational resilience and be prepared for the next storm.

In this episode, Lance Mortlock, A Six Sigma Black Belt who spent more than 20 years consulting, talks about planning for the future and the lessons learned from the...

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Paul Critchley: (EP 35) Lean is not just for big companies. Lean is Universal.

In this episode, Paul Critchley, President of New England Lean Consulting, shares why culture is more important to him than tools. Paul shares why it’s important to engage with...

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Brion Hurley: (EP 34) Lean is about more than just making profits; it’s also about being environmentally conscious.

In this episode, Brion Hurley, author of “Lean Six Sigma for Good,” talks about his journey from statistician to principal Lean consultant. He talks about how Lean Six Sigma...

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Robert Martichenko: (EP 33) Lean implementation in an invisible environment & how lean and digitalization are transforming the logistics industry.

In this episode, Robert Martichenko, an award-winning business author, shares his career journey that started as a postgraduate with a degree in Pure Mathematics to finding his fit in...

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Beau Keyte: (EP 32) Faster, cheaper, better… from learning to measure to sharing a lifetime of wisdom to the next generation

In this episode, Beau Keyte discusses the gap in knowledge inside companies and how so many don’t know what to do when they experience a market or business challenge....

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Noura Ouled Saka: (EP 31) The importance of temperament for long term Lean success

In this episode, Noura shares her story of practicing Lean for 6 years at Honeywell and Matis Aerospace. She shares with us how the enjoyment of Lean methodology triggered her...

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Dan Markovitz: (EP 30) “We’re not like Toyota! We don’t make cars!”

In this episode, Dan Markovitz shares his story spanning over 15 years practicing Lean in a range of industries in the United States and Europe. As the author of...

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Brice van der Post: (EP 29) Life as a 21 year old Managing Director in the multi-million dollar family business

n this episode, Brice shares his story of being a 21 year old Managing Director in his family’s furniture business and the early trials and tribulations of introducing Lean....

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Eric Brechner: (EP 28) Leading Agile teams at Microsoft and coaching today’s Agile leaders…

In this episode, Eric Brechner shares how he managed development for Xbox, Windows, and Azure engineering services and the Xbox.com websites. He told us about his transformation from writing...

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Alex Kurm: (EP 27) Can you deploy Lean Six Sigma virtually?

In this episode, Alex Kurm walks us through his 20 years of practicing lean in a range of industries from nuclear engineering, food manufacturing, logistics, banking, pharmaceuticals, and finally...

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Wakeel Ghoorbin: (EP 26) Lean culture change. Focusing on the needs of the individual to move the masses.

In this episode, Wakeel shared with us his versatile career journey in different industries including IT, Textile, HCM, Logistics, and more. He walks us through his journey from the...

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Amanda Zimmerman, Mike Carnell & Ed Surber: (EP 25) Can We delegate lean? Why or why not?

In this episode of panel discussion, we shared our experiences, successes, failures, challenges and point of views to help newer people who’re trying to develop their skills in lean....

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Vinod Sankaran: (EP 24) Thinking has to be Lean thinking. Agree?

In this episode Vinod shared with us his 30years of experience in Quality Control including 10 years of practicing Six Sigma in Manufacturing. He demonstrated where Lean, Six Sigma...

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Emily Hart: (EP 23) Does Lean a cultural just cut fat or empower people?

In this episode, Emily Hart walks us through  her 7 years of experience practicing Lean Six Sigma in the medical field. She talks about  why Lean in healthcare is...

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Jason M. Haines: (EP 22) Lean or Six Sigma?……. Both?

In this episode Jason M. Haines talks with us about closing the gap between frontline workers and management. We discuss helping the team see and engage Lean as a...

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Kiran Kachela: (EP 21) Government waste and going Lean! Pockets of people going back to better!

In this episode Kiran Kachela  takes us on a fascinating walk  through her Lean journey, from seeing Lean in action at Mcdonalds for the first time to taking on...

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Ria Joubert (EP 20): People, Process, KPIs and human behavior

In this episode, Ria Joubert discusses people, processes, and some silly KPIs in everything from the mining sector to service businesses. We look at what behaviors matter? What do...

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Stieneke Ijdema (EP 19): Lean Farming… it’s a thing!

In this episode, Stieneke Ijdema walks us through her evolution from kindergarten teacher to Lean farmer on her expanding dairy farm. She discussed transitioning her fellow farmers from the tried...

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Azan Sarwar (EP 18): The future of the garment industry

In this episode, Azan Sarwar talks with us about the give and take of continuous improvement in the garment sector as organizations transition from how things have always been...

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James La Trobe Bateman (EP 17): Response time, thoughts from a life as Lean Leader

In this episode James La Trobe Bateman: talks us through the concept of response time, an idea that was inspired by the book “The Goal” by Eliyahu Goldratt. James...

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Scott Follett (EP 16): The emotional side of decision making.

In this episode Scott Follet talks with us about working through the emotional side of decision making. We look at dealing with bad attitudes and naysayers. We explore the...

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Raivis Menesis (EP 15): From the Amazon Juggernaut to Latvia’s small businesses

In this episode Raivis Menesis talks with us about working at Amazon driving Lean initiatives and then working to implement Lean in small businesses in his home country of...

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Reagan Pannell (EP 14): The joy of seeing a Lean culture in action.

In this Episode Reagan Pannell talks to us about seeing a companies new Lean culture being sustained years after he left.  He walks us through the process and benefits of...

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