Podcast #371 — Marc Lushington-Murray: Lean, Self-Taught and Shingijitsu Mentored

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Marc Lushington-Murray and Mark Graban

For Episode #371, we bring the discussion back to Lean Manufacturing applications, as our guest is Marc Lushington-Murray. He currently lives in the Fort Worth, Texas area but, as you'll discover from his accent, he was originally born and raised in England.

Marc is currently searching for a new opportunity, but he brings a great deal of experience from his time working for Nissan and then Parker Hannifan. He was originally self-taught but then had the opportunity to learn from the famed Shigijitsu consulting group and others.

He has worked in internal Lean roles, but has always been pulled into plant management or other direct line management roles. I hope you'll enjoy the conversation as Marc shares his reflections on his career to date and his hopes for what is still yet to come.


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Questions, Topics, Quotes, and Links:

  • Being self-taught on Lean:
    • The first book Marc learned from: Manufacturing Systems Engineering Handbook (1989)
    • Experiments with creating a cell
  • Automotive industry – Learning from Nissan
    • Working as a Lean Manufacturing Manager
    • Nissan never gave him the answers
    • Marc was then a young plant manager
  • Parker Hannifin
    • What was the process for getting “lean silver status” globally for Parker?
  • What was it like working with Shingijiusu?
  • What were your experiences learning from Rick and Chris Harris?
    • Also learned from Kevi Duggan
  • What's it like being a Plant Manager with a Lean background??
    • The automotive industry was “survival of the fittest”
  • Thoughts on Lean vs. Six Sigma?
  • When did you get exposed to Toyota Kata? What are your experiences with that as a very experienced Lean practitioner
  • Tell us about your career transition and search…

Thanks for listening!

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Mark Graban is an internationally-recognized consultant, author, and professional speaker who has worked in healthcare, manufacturing, and startups. His latest book is Measures of Success: React Less, Lead Better, Improve More. He is author of the Shingo Award-winning books Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen, as well as The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen. He also published the anthology Practicing Lean that benefits the Louise H. Batz Patient Safety Foundation, where Mark is a board member. Mark is also a Senior Advisor to the technology company KaiNexus.

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