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My guest for episode #165 is Chris Vogel, President & CEO of Compass Affiliates. I’ve met Chris before at an LEI Lean Transformation Summit and he is doing a learning session at this year’s Summit, to be held March 13 and 14 in Orlando. Chris specializes in the Development of Lean Leaders and Administrative Lean. He has over 15 years of Lean Administrative and Process Improvement experience.
During his 15 years at Wells Fargo, Chris led and used Lean to transform a division of Wells Fargo with 1,200 staff members. In our discussion, we’ll talk about applying Lean to settings outside of manufacturing, including mortgage processing and government. I think this discussion will help reinforce the idea that Lean is Lean and Lean leadership is Lean leadership, regardless of the setting.
In the episode, Chris says that “standardized work is misunderstood… it’s not equal to creating documentation and it’s not a constraint.” He emphasizes that standardized work is exactly the thing that allows people to “customize more quickly” when they have to.
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