A Ray of Sunshine in the Muck and Mire

Often on continuous improvement journeys, we come across big hairy monsters of slime, inefficiencies, and muck. If you’re reading this, I’m willing to bet you’re one with the ability to see through all the waste in your processes to what the process should be. You have that gift of seeing the ideal state. You can see that ray of beautiful sunshine when your process is screaming fast and delivering exactly what’s needed. You’re the athlete in a crowd of pudge. (more…)

Standard Work for a Lean Stand-Up Meeting

The stand-up morning meeting is a daily ritual of many organizations on Lean journeys. The format for a Lean stand-up meeting varies depending on the group that is being brought together. I’ve discussed a format for cross-functional teams in one of my earlier posts. In this post, I want to discuss a daily meeting format for one’s “first” or primary, focused team. (more…)

Teach, Coach, Mentor and Inspire

What is the essence of high quality leadership?  One of my previous mentors inspired in me a direction of leadership I find helpful in my role as an engineering manager.  In the midst of chaos with manufacturing leadership, it can be tough choosing between working “in the trenches” with your team, and retiring yourself to the sidelines in your new role as coach and leader.

Here is the direction for leadership I find most effective: (more…)