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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 […]

94% of Problems are Really Caused by…

94% of Problems are Really Caused by…

Since the webinar I’m doing later today for Gemba Academy (Using SPC to Make Better Management Decisions) allows me to cite the late great Dr. W. Edwards Deming when talking about variation in systems, I thought I’d share this silly graphic that I created. Like the “5 Whys” image from last weekend, it’s based on […]

Funny: The Most Interesting Lean Thinker in the World

Funny: The Most Interesting Lean Thinker in the World

This is too good not to share. The team at a startup called Buffer  created a list of Lean Startup concepts in the guise of popular internet “memes.” If you don’t get many of the jokes — congratulations, you don’t spend too much time on the interwebs. But there’s one I think every Lean  practitioner […]

Weekend Fun – Quality Related Band Names (#QualityTermBandName)

Weekend Fun – Quality Related Band Names (#QualityTermBandName)

I was driving the other day, listening to the 1980s music channel on XM Radio. The DJ announced a song by Duran Duran and it really sounded like “Juran Juran,” reminding me of the quality legend Joseph M. Juran. It made me chuckle to think of a band fronted by Juran (and maybe Dr. Deming […]

By February 25, 2012 10 Comments Read More →
What People Think a Lean Healthcare Consultant Does

What People Think a Lean Healthcare Consultant Does

Some of you might be familiar with the internet meme, spreading on Facebook especially, about “what people think of my profession” (as described in this Washington Post blog post). For example, see “what a contemporary artist does.” It’s all a bit tongue in cheek and it’s good fun. Here is my take on how people […]

By February 16, 2012 11 Comments Read More →