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My guest for episode #171 is Chad Walters (@leanblitz), a friend and a Lean consultant. He is owner of Lean Blitz Consulting in Augusta, Georgia, a firm focused on continuous improvement for small businesses and sports organizations. I’m a big fan (and frequent commenter) on Chad’s blog and he’s contributed guest posts here on my blog. He has been cited and mentioned on ESPN.com and CNBC.com.
Today, we talk about how Lean principles can apply to sports operations, including the stadiums and events you attend. We’ll talk about concepts of value and waste from the sports fan perspective, specific challenges in the sports and entertainment fields and some examples related to baseball (play ball!, the season just started) and The Masters, which starts Thursday.
For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/171.
More about Chad Walters:
He has run projects for the Atlanta Braves, the Salvation Army, Automatic Data Processing (ADP), Eaton Corporation, The Dannon Company, and the South Bend Silver Hawks among other companies. He has been practicing Lean and continuous improvement for over eight years, is a Six Sigma Black Belt certified by the American Society for Quality, and received his MBA from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, where he was a member of the Kelley MBA Sports & Entertainment Academy.
Posts of his we talk about:
- Enforcing Standardized Process & Major League Baseball Pace-of-Game
- The Masters: Concession Stands
- 2013 BCS National Championship and Silly Rules About Parking
- The Dayton Dragons – Note from Chad: The Dayton Dragons have not won a Midwest League title, confirming what I stated in the podcast. However, they have 913 straight sellouts, which stretches back far past eight years as I originally stated. I’m estimating their sellout streak at about thirteen years and still going.
- Joe Garagiola Jr. is the Senior VP of Standards and On-Field Operations for MLB.
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About LeanBlog.org: Mark Graban is a consultant, author, and speaker in the “lean healthcare” methodology. Mark is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as the new Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. Mark is also the VP of Innovation and Improvement Services for KaiNexus.