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Lean Newsletter Archive, Dec 2010

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Dear %$firstname$%,

The sun is setting on another year. Rather than look back and reflect, I am going to look forward. My featured article this month contains a series of predictions I am making about what will happen on the Lean front in the coming year. I’d love to hear your thoughts about my guesses and what you expect to see. Please share your comments at the end of the article.

I suspect that, like me, many of you are also thinking about next year. Budgeting cycles and strategic planning windows are closing, and frontline managers are settling on their key performance indicators.

To help you out, I am offering a free webinar coming up in December. It teaches how to use countermeasures to get back on track if you fall behind on your goals. Look in our featured products section below for more details.

Tim McMahon and I will also be offering another Lean Webinar/Radio Show this month. Our last one on how you can learn about Lean from making coffee was a success, despite a few user-side technical glitches. We’ve got those ironed out, and will be talking about how milk also provides a great teaching tool for Lean. You can see a recording of the Lean coffee show here.

This Month’s Highlights

  • What’s New?: We’ve updated the look of our downloadable Lean terms, and revised our Gotta Go Lean blog page.
  • Featured Products: We’ve bundled the training for several problem solving tools and are presenting the two webinars mentioned above.

As always, best wishes on your Lean journey.

Best regards,
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Jeff Hajek

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What's new?

I practiced what I preach this month, and kaizened my Lean terms process. The most apparent thing to you is that the format is a little cleaner, and because they are now easier to produce, you’ll see new terms for your desktop reference guide released at a faster rate.

Our latest Lean terms on PDF are push systems, poka yoke, and standards.

By the way, if you haven’t checked the download list lately, it’s growing. 17 terms and well over a hundred pages of Lean information now. I’ll be letting you know about new term releases each month in this newsletter, but if you want them as soon as they come out, you can sign up for the Gotta Go Lean blog. By the way—we’ve overhauled the look of the blog as well.

In addition to these downloads, our latest online terms include…

Featured Article

12 Predictions about Lean in 2011

With the New Year coming soon, I’ve been thinking a lot about what the future has in store. I am anticipating some major changes for Lean. Some of these predictions are US focused, but most are internationally applicable.

  1. Lean will continue to grow. Hiring for Lean vs. Six Sigma is rising. (See my Gotta Go Lean blog article.) In the coming years, the people filling these roles will be spreading Lean concepts throughout their new companies, creating further demand for Lean skills for the foreseeable future. Read More…
Featured Product

Problem Solving Tools Training Bundle

If you need help conducting training, we are here for you. If, however, you have the skills to teach your team about problem solving on your own, we can save you time—lots of it! Use our high-quality presentations from our Lean training system to quickly build your own training capability.

Why buy?

  • We’ve posted demos of all the presentation in the bundle so you can view every slide, including its full animation, before you buy. Take the risk out of your purchase by knowing exactly what you are getting.
  • You can quickly change the slide master to customize the look and feel of the slides to match the look of the training you are already using.
  • The slides pack in just the right amount of info. Enough to get the trainees up to speed. Not so much that students lose focus.
  • The slides make abundant use of color, pictures, and animations. They also limit the use of bullet points. Interesting training is effective training.
  • The packages are all modular. Get other components such as student guides to go along with the training. More than just copies of the slides, student guides act as stand-alone tutorials that trainees can reference later.
  • Bundle includes training on: data collection, Pareto charts, run charts, cause and effect diagrams, flow charts, root cause analysis and the 5 whys.

How to Develop Effective Countermeasures That Keep Goals on Track

Join us for a Webinar on December 13

Title: How to Develop Effective Countermeasures That Keep Goals on Track
Date: Monday, December 13, 2010

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PST
Cost: Free

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

High performing companies set aggressive targets for themselves. And when they fall sort of those targets, they take action. This webinar teaches the process to get back on track when things are not going according to plan. The countermeasure process is a scaled down version of the A3 methodology. It forces you to dive deep into the problem, identify the root causes, and come up with a plan that closes the gap between actual and desired performance.

The webinar takes 45 minutes plus 15 minutes allotted for Q&A throughout and after the presentation. Attendees will receive a short student guide to accompany the presentation.

The class itself is the full version of the countermeasures module from our Lean Training System. While the webinar is free to attend, the PowerPoint presentation, full student guide license, and DVD are all available for purchase. No recorded version of this webinar will be available.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

Got Milk? Got Lean!

Join us for a Webinar on December 13

Title: Got Milk? Got Lean!
Date: Monday, December 13, 2010

Time: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM PST

Cost: Free

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Jeff Hajek, author of Gotta Go Lean and The Continuous Improvement Companion, and Tim McMahon, Founder and Contributor of A Lean Journey Blog, share their expertise in a brand new format. Combine a radio-show format with a webinar platform, and you get a brand new tool for learning about Lean.

In our second live show, we discuss Lean with another everyday example so anyone can learn the improvement methodology. The majority of households have one thing in common. They have milk in the fridge. But you may not realize that even the simple act of stocking this staple item puts a number of Lean concepts to work.

Join us once again as we explain Lean from your kitchen. Space is limited to the first 100 attendees. Sign up now to participate in the conversation.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer


Jeff Hajek, Founder of Velaction Continuous Improvement
Jeff Hajek
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December 7, 2010
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