NEWSLETTER / FEBRUARY 2017
New Videos
Training Within Industry (TWI) Overview
School of Lean

We are literally hours away from releasing our new Training Within Industry course focusing on Job Instruction! In addition to a studio course, there is also a facilitator's course that is based on an actual TWI-JI live training session.

The first overview video is now available to view without registration.

New Podcasts
Ep 150:
How to Respect Diversity
Guest: Mike Brett
Mike Brett is a lean thinker from the UK. Ron and Mike talked about the diversity of Mike’s company, their journey with Hoshin Kanri, and a special lean card game that Mike created.
Ep 149:
How to Teach TWI
Guest: Jamie Parker
Jamie Parker is an avid lean thinker and past podcast guest who recently participated in our first live training class. Jamie and Ron reflected back on the class, which centered around the Job Instruction component of TWI.
Ep 148:
How to Create Your Vision
Guest: Paul Hill
Paul Hill is a longtime lean thinker with a diverse background. Ron and Paul discussed implementing lean from different angles and the challenges that can arise.
Ep 147:
How to Succeed at Value Stream Mapping
Guest: Beau Keyte
Beau Keyte is an author and performance improvement coach with an impressive background. Ron and Beau discussed both editions of The Complete Lean Enterprise, the evolution of Value Stream Mapping, and more.
New Blog Posts
What's Another Word for "Problem"?
by Jon Miller
Jon explores why we have a problem with the word “problem.”
Mother Nature Takes On the Lean Home
by Kevin Meyer
Kevin explains how lean, especially the people side, has helped his house remodel get back on track.
TWI Job Instruction Course Coming Soon!
by Ron Pereira
Ron explains what we've been up to, and all about this exciting new kind of Gemba Academy course.
McProcess
by Steve Kane
Steve breaks down the McDonald Brothers' lean journey.
Customer Success Corner

Turn your weaknesses into your strengths. All organizations have room for improvement. Be humble about your strengths. Be honest and objective about your weaknesses. As Jim Collins put it, great organizations have the ability to confront the brutal facts. There's no need to feel guilty or ashamed of the weakness. If anything, one should feel good about having the courage to confront weaknesses head-on.

Focus on an area of weakness to deeply understand the current state, then use the scientific method to incrementally improve. Small plan, do, study, adjust cycles tend to result in greater progress than large ones. Break large obstacles down into smaller ones and take them one step at a time. Mistakes will be made and experiments won't always go as planned. That's okay. Learn from the experience and keep moving forward. Giving up is the only way to fail in continuous improvement.

Steve Kane
Director of Customer Success
Events
Upcoming events that you might be interested in.
AME Annual Conference
9-13 October, Boston

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence will be holding its annual conference in Boston this October. This is the largest lean event in the world, designed for practitioners by practitioners.

Click here for more information and to register.

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