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kaizen

Only a change in mindset and behaviors produces a lean project.

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Add a project blog for more team collaboration.

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Project Kaizen Reading

by Hal on April 30, 2009

in agile, books, innovation, kaizen, lean

Adopt the “no satisfaction” approach that has made Toyota far more successful that others. Read about kaizen.

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Over at NWLean there’s been quite a riff on the 8th waste. Eventually, the contributors concluded that recreating knowledge is the one true 8th waste. While it’s hard to argue with any of the writers’ arguments, getting at [...]

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Make innovation an everyday event

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Adopting lean approaches to project delivery require radical action. We know it can succeed. But, do we have the courage to jump into the cold water? There’s no other way.

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The master of the Toyota Production System shares his secret to kaizen. Read Shingo’s new book, Kaizen and the Art of Creative Thinking.

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Norman Bodek Invents Ninth Waste

by Hal on October 9, 2007

in kaizen, lean

Mystery solved: the godfather of lean gave us the eighth waste.

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QnEK, It’s a Community

by Hal on July 31, 2007

in innovation, kaizen, lean

The Quick-n-Easy-Kaizen community is spinning. See what’s going on.

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Kaizen is the engine for developing people. Quick and Easy Kaizen is the turbocharger on that engine.

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There is such an urge to get our projects right. Not approximately right. Right, as “Do it right the first time.” Projects are not like that, especially design projects. Norman Bodek has been speaking about two principal ways we learn: copying the successful actions of others and making mistakes. If [...]

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Is Toyota paranoid? They are according to BW. Staying Paranoid at Toyota, BW July 2, 2007 claims Toyota has become paranoid. They point to the following quote by Katsuaki Watanabe, Toyota President:
“The scariest symptom of ‘big-company disease’ is that complacency will breed.”

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IGLC is reaching out to industry by introducing Quick n Easy Kaizen and Training with Industry’s J-Programs at the 2007 conference in East Lansing, Michigan.

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Job Methods (JM) improvement is the TWI approach for systematically stripping waste from a set of steps or a process. The beauty of it is it can easily be taught. That differs from Six Sigma’s DMAIC or from the usual lean kaizen workshops.

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The International Group for Lean Construction is meeting in the US in 2007. Don’t miss it!

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Weekend Fun

by Hal on May 12, 2007

in kaizen

Time to get writing again. I’ve been gone for way to long. All good things happening. Just busy with work. I’ve been re-reading a great book on Toyota’s approach to improvement and innovation. I’ll let you guess the book title from the anagram below. Here’s a few hints: I’ve [...]

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Lean six sigma might save your life. Read what IHI is doing to eliminate accidental deaths in hospitals.

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Continuous improvement hits the medical community. Katie Couric features IHI’s 100k Lives campaign.

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Make two resolutions to bring the spirit of lean to your projects and your company.

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Get inspired by Toyota’s relentless dissatisfaction with the status quo. Adopt project kaizen.

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What Battle?

by Hal on November 22, 2006

in kaizen, lean, quality

Six Sigma and TQM offer the manufacturing world a path to on-going improvement. What about the project world?

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Kaizen can be a habit on construction projects.

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