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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 Howarth. 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. Here is our latest collaboration, the “Sensei Cafe.” Again, at the risk of killing the […]

By August 27, 2014 5 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 Howarth, CMA (AAMA), a workflow facilitator at […]

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. A survey taken by the National Geographic Society has found that the owl, however, is the […]

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. There are a few somewhat Lean-related buzzwords in the video… the last one looks like it has PDSA […]

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 […]

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

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. So, with a little bit of bad voice overdubbing and editing, here we go: Please […]

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). I guess if there’s any Lean lesson, it’s that we can be at the “gemba” and […]

By August 30, 2013 7 Comments Read More →
Bob Emiliani’s “Dooming Cycle”

Bob Emiliani’s “Dooming Cycle”

Professor and author  Bob Emiliani is a sponsor of LeanBlog.org and he’s always running new ads in the right sidebar of the blog. His recent ad parodying the “Deming Cycle” (named after Dr. W. Edwards Deming) was pretty popular when I shared it via social media this week: The “Dooming Cycle” of Surprise, React, Fix, […]

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”: My podcasts with Mike: #92: (6/3/10) Mike Micklewright,  Out of Another @#&*% Crisis! #43: (5/19/08)  Mike Micklewright  “What Would […]

Song Parody: You Say You Want a Kaizen Culture

Song Parody: You Say You Want a Kaizen Culture

With 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 […]

“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 […]

The 9th Type of #Lean Waste – Tape?

The 9th Type of #Lean Waste – Tape?

I was preparing for the Gemba Academy webinar that I’m doing next Tuesday (you can still sign up) on  Stories about the Eight Types of Waste in Healthcare. I found this fun picture from about 2008 that I decided to incorporate into my talk. I was leading some 5S work in an X-ray area, where […]

Dr. Deming, Stand Up Comedian

Dr. Deming, Stand Up Comedian

There is a wonderful two-hour video of Dr. W. Edwards Deming addressing a university in Connecticut back in 1990. There’s so much wisdom in what he says… but some have impatience, hin this fast-paced ADD day and age, for what could sometimes be a slow delivery from Dr. Deming. If you have the time, I […]

By January 16, 2013 1 Comments Read More →

Updated – Weekend Fun: Political Parody Ad & Rebuttal

I don’t know about you, but I’m sick of politics. I try to be an engaged citizen… but both parties drive me nuts. The cable news networks are all beyond ridiculous. This presidential election cycle takes way too long. There is no truth, just spin… people get their own beliefs and biases reinforced by their […]

By August 31, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

Weekend Fun: GMBP’s “WIP IT”

Ah, the perks of subscribing to the GBMP’s YouTube channel… this might be basically a world premiere, breaking news video release. I *never* thought I’d see and hear Bruce “Toast” Hamilton singing Devo. And wearing the hat. And cracking a whip. (For those who don’t get the joke, WIP = Work In Process inventory) About […]

Weekend End: How “Toast Kaizen” Should Have Ended

I’ve probably seen the “Current Condition” portion of the fantastic “Toast Kaizen” DVD  (from GBMP) more than a hundred times over the past seven years. At the end, when Bruce learns that his wife wanted raisin toast (when he made white toast), I always thought a sound effect was missing… or the sound would play […]

A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong

A Video Showing Office 5S Gone Wrong

Update 5/28/14 - My “Office 5S Gone Wrong” video has gotten more than 113,000 views on YouTube since I created it back in 2010… Some of you who are new to the blog might not have seen it yet: You might remember my blog post from 2007 titled “Bad Lean/5S Hits the UK Media.” It featured […]

Weekend Fun: 30 Rock Mocks GE’s Manufacturing Reshoring

One of the things I love about the NBC show “30 Rock” is the way is skewers GE culture (such as its past mocking of Six Sigma – see here, here, and here). In the parallel universe of 30 Rock, GE has been acquired by KableTown, a company that’s a parody of Comcast. In recent […]