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
Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker, and podcaster with experience in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. Mark's new book is The Mistakes That Make Us: Cultivating a Culture of Learning and Innovation. He is also the author of Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More, the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, and the anthology Practicing Lean. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.


  1. 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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