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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).

I know many of you are excited and have pre-ordered tickets (you can also pre-order the 3rd edition of Lean Hospitals, by the way). 

On the Star Wars theme, the KaiNexus blog has a funny post:

A Gemba Walk with Yoda: What Can We Learn?

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Which includes a good tip for Lean and problem solving:

You must unlearn what you have learned. Do not assume anything Obi-Wan. Clear your mind must be if you are to discover the real villains behind this plot.” – Yoda

Also, there are many fun Star Wars memes in my collection.

Hopefully, this is a fun way to start the week…

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. His most recent book is the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also the VP of Improvement & Innovation Services for the technology company KaiNexus. He is currently writing his next book, tentatively titled Measures of Success.

  1. Daniel Fisher says

    Lol, thanks for this. I AM an avid Star Wars fan and Darth Vader being dissappointed in the lack of standard work will now adorn the door to my office :)


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