Tag: Funny

The Lean Force Awakens: Star Wars Memes & A Gemba Walk with Yoda

The Lean Force Awakens: Star Wars Memes & A Gemba Walk with Yoda

Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Thursday. I’m not the world’s most avid fan of the Star Wars series, although I grew up with the toys. I remember seeing The Empire Strikes Back in a theatre, but I think I was too young to see the first in the series. So, I saw the series out of order (eventually catching up on VHS and seeing the re-releases in theaters).

By December 14, 2015 2 Comments Read More →
Parody Video: Keith Olber-Lean and the “Worst Persons in the Lean World.”

Parody Video: Keith Olber-Lean and the “Worst Persons in the Lean World.”

In this post, I’ll be presenting a parody video of Keith Olbermann‘s “worst persons in the sports world” videos.

I don’t know how much overlap there is in people who read my blog and people who are fans of Olbermann. I’ve always been a big fan of Olbermann the sports guy… Olbermann the political commentator not so much. But, “the worst persons in the world” is a bit that he’s done on MSNBC and ESPN.

That Medication Cabinet is Secure… Or Secure-ish

That Medication Cabinet is Secure… Or Secure-ish

I was on a long flight the other day and I watched an episode of the ABC comedy Black-ish. In episode 3 of the first season, the mother of the family, named Rainbow (her parents were hippies), is trying to impress her young daughter by showing her what it’s like to be an anesthesiologist.

New #Lean & #Lean Startup Candy Hearts for Valentine’s Day – #LeanValentine

New #Lean & #Lean Startup Candy Hearts for Valentine’s Day – #LeanValentine

Ok, for those of you who maybe find “50 Shades of Lean” to be a bit too racy, here are some sweet “candy hearts” for Valentine’s Day… Lean and Lean Startup Edition.

Create your own hearts here and submit your creations using the form below or tweet them with the hashtag #LeanValentine. There’s no prize offered other than the intrinsic pride of creation and sharing. I’ll post submitted hearts that I like as comments below the post.

By February 13, 2015 9 Comments Read More →
PG-Rated Parody: 50 Shades of Lean

PG-Rated Parody: 50 Shades of Lean

A few years ago when the racy book 50 Shades of Grey was popular, I created a few parody images. I never published them, probably because the book was fairly controversial. But, now that the movie version is being released today, here goes.

By February 13, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Cartoon: The Workplace “Brain Check Station”

Cartoon: The Workplace “Brain Check Station”

Here’s my latest cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Schurman.

You can see the whole series via this link.

How many organizations ask their employees to check their brain at the door?

By February 10, 2015 0 Comments Read More →
Audio Parody – “Lean Serial”

Audio Parody – “Lean Serial”

My wife and I were late to the wildly popular podcast “Serial,” but we listened to the first six episodes while traveling over the holidays. I ran hot and cold on the serialized non-fiction story about a murder… it was somewhat interesting, but a bit drawn out. The show requires a lot of patience (and at least eight hours of listening).

By January 30, 2015 1 Comments Read More →
Funny Video about Lack of Labeling… or is it Lack of Training?

Funny Video about Lack of Labeling… or is it Lack of Training?

This commercial made me chuckle as somebody who has bought and used a lot of Brother label makers.

The video is meant to comically show the ill effects of a lack of labeling in a circus A/V control room (I saw this posted on Facebook by a college friend who does professional lighting design work for rock bands and pop stars). This clearly resonated with him (and I bet he labels things).

By September 12, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Why Lunch Can Be Annoying at the Sensei Cafe

Why Lunch Can Be Annoying at the Sensei Cafe

Last week, I published my first cartoon collaboration with a skilled artist (and medical assistant), Carrie Schurman.

You might call that cartoon “Strategy Dog-ployment.”

None of us expect this to be a weekly thing, but sometimes you strike when inspiration hits.

By August 27, 2014 6 Comments Read More →
The One Where a Dog Reviews the Strategy Deployment Metrics Wall

The One Where a Dog Reviews the Strategy Deployment Metrics Wall

I’ve had some cartoons on the blog before, including a few “Doofus & Leanies.”  I can’t draw at all, believe me (although I sometimes do my own simple digital graphics).

I’ve been fortunate to partner up with other artists before and today’s cartoon is a new collaboration with Carrie Schurman, CMA (AAMA), a workflow facilitator at a health system in Florida.

The Worst Root Cause Problem Solver in the Animal World Is… Who?

The Worst Root Cause Problem Solver in the Animal World Is… Who?

We all know the beaver is “the engineer of the animal kingdom.” That’s why MIT has a beaver as a mascot… it’s an engineer who likes to build things and is generally nocturnal, an apt description of MIT students.

Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords

Weird Al’s Hilarious “Mission Statement” Song & Video Mocks Corporate Buzzwords

“Weird Al” Yanokvic skewers corporate buzzwords in this new song and music video.

He also skewers the now-tired “hand writing on a white board” style of corporate videos, which I think is even more brilliant of him.

Weekend Fun: Skinny Cow Handling

Weekend Fun: Skinny Cow Handling

And, now to the lighter side of Lean for the weekend.

Hat tip to my friend and author Naida Grunden for pointing out this funny news story… apparently the State of Washington has to translate their web pages into different languages… the Spanish translation turned “lean practices” into “skinny cow handling.” I don’t think this has anything to do with “Skinny Cow” brand ice cream and products

By February 22, 2014 3 Comments Read More →
Parody Video – Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

Parody Video – Two Great Tastes that Taste Great Together

Next class: Boston, May 20, 2015

I was thinking yesterday about the “Lean for Knowledge Work” seminars I’m doing with Jim Benson and I was thinking that Kaizen and “Personal Kanban” are such a good combination, it’s like the old Reese’s Peanut Butter cups TV commercial.

By January 31, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
Weekend Fun: An Example of Poor Problem Solving

Weekend Fun: An Example of Poor Problem Solving

Here’s a funny ESPN commercial featuring golfer Rickie Fowler.

Fowler is pouring coffee, yet he makes some bad assumptions about which coffee is decaf and about the “milk” being bad (compounded by the joke that he’s supposedly color blind).

By August 30, 2013 7 Comments Read More →

Parody Video: So God Made a Quality Manager

Kudos to Mike Micklewright  for putting together this clever parody of the Chrysler ad that aired during the Super Bowl – Paul Harvey’s “So God Made a Farmer.

Here is “So God Made a Quality Manager”:

Song Parody: You Say You Want a Kaizen Culture

Song Parody: You Say You Want a Kaizen Culture

John ToussaintWith apologies to The Beatles and Dr. John Toussaint:

“Kaizen Culture” (sung to “Revolution” by The Beatles)

You say you want a kaizen culture
Well, you know
We all want to change our work
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to improve the work
But when you talk ’bout suggestion boxes
Don’t you know that you can count me out
Don’t you know it’s gonna be kaizen
kaizen, kaizen

“I Don’t Always Ask Why, But When I Do, I Ask it 5 Times”

“I Don’t Always Ask Why, But When I Do, I Ask it 5 Times”

Last year, when Lean Memes were all the rage (or at least it was fun for a weekend), I had an artist create this image that is a parody of the beer commercial “Most Interesting Man in the World” character… and I completely forgot to post it here on the blog.

Why? Let the root cause analysis begin…

5 whys guy