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Author Archive: Christina Kach

Christina Kach is a Senior Business Analyst on the Continuous Improvement team for a financial services company in Boston, Ma. Christina held her first Lean position as in intern in 2006. Since then she has continued to seek out varied roles of increasing responsibility and actively pursues further Lean education. She recently held the role of Continuous Improvement Lead for a Government Defense Company based in Massachusetts, focusing on Lean implementation and process improvement in a manufacturing environment.

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Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

Continuous Improvement of Learning: North East Shingo Conference 2014

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is our guest blogger today, with a post about the recent North East Shingo Conference, where she was an attendee. See her past posts here. Recently, my coworkers and I had the opportunity to attend the North East Shingo Conference in Springfield, MA (presented by the Greater Boston Manufacturing Partnership, or GBMP). The […]

Guest Post: The Best #Lean Offense Isn’t Defense

Guest Post: The Best #Lean Offense Isn’t Defense

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is our guest blogger today, with a post written on a flight back from visiting what’s considered to be one of America’s best Lean companies/factories. A big part of Lean practice teaches us to find the real root cause in a problematic situation. This way when you are fixing something, you […]

By February 13, 2014 0 Comments Read More →
Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is back with a new post, this time a review of what should probably be considered a “Lean classic.” Come back tomorrow for my first podcast interview with one of the co-authors, Dan Jones. You can find my previous podcasts with Jim Womack on the Lean Podcast main page. Maybe this […]

By December 17, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
Lean For Thought

Lean For Thought

Mark’s Note: I’m just getting back from vacation, so we’re wrapping up the guest posts. Today’s post is by Christina Kach and you can read her previous guest posts here. Check out her updated bio at the bottom of the post. I’m sure there will be a lot of good discussion on this post, so […]

Key Takeaways from the 2013 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference

Key Takeaways from the 2013 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference

Mark’s Note: Today’s post is by a regular guest contributor, Christina Kach. I was disappointed that I couldn’t attend this year’s event in Massachusetts, but I was happy that Christina put together this summary.   Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Northeast Shingo Prize Conference in Hyannis, Massachusetts. Over the course of […]

Guest Post: Chopped – Lean Edition

Guest Post: Chopped – Lean Edition

“And the mystery basket ingredients are…” That single phrase, expressed weekly on “Chopped” from Food Network, gets millions of viewers in America to stop what they are doing and stare at the TV in anticipation. As soon as host Ted finishes rattling off an eclectic mix of ingredients to the competitors, the first thought of […]

Guest Post: What I’ve Learned from Lean

Guest Post: What I’ve Learned from Lean

Again, I’m going to be pretty much away from the blog through October 11. Today’s “blog holiday” guest post is by Christina Kach. Check out her own blog at www.CatchCareers.com. By Christina Kach  I was first introduced to Lean and Six Sigma as an intern in 2006. It was fascinating work and I wanted to […]

Guest Post: Book Review – “Adventures in Leanland”

Guest Post: Book Review – “Adventures in Leanland”

Mark’s note: While I am busy in “moving land” this week, Christina Kach was kind enough to write a review of a book that was sent to me –  Adventures in Leanland  by Russell Watkins (a free copy was provided for review). The book was published through Lulu and you can also buy it there. […]

Guest Post: Lean is Patient

Guest Post: Lean is Patient

Mark’s Note: Today is another excellent post by Christina Kach. She touches on many of the misunderstandings of miscommunications about Lean in this post and you might recognize much of what she’s identified as “L.A.M.E.”, not Lean. “Lean is patient and creates value for the customer; Lean does not have to be expensive to implement […]

Guest Post – #LeanProblems

Guest Post – #LeanProblems

Mark’s Note: Here is the second guest post from Christina Kach. Read her first contribution here. Today’s post builds on last week’s “Chuck Norris” meme post. And see more “Lean Memes” here. If you’ve spent any time online recently, it should be no surprise that Internet Memes of all shapes and sizes are taking social […]

Guest Post: Some Tips & Advice for Young Change Agents

Guest Post: Some Tips & Advice for Young Change Agents

Mark’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Christina Kach, who I met via Twitter and email. I’m hoping this will be the first in a series of posts geared toward young Lean and continuous improvement professionals, but I think there are lessons and good reminders for all of us, regardless of our age.   Pop […]