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Lean Newsletter Archive, Jun 2010

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Dear %$firstname$%,

You’ve got to love a job where you get to play with Legos® all day long! As I’ve been ramping up the development and production of my Lean Lego training kits, little colored blocks have been a part of my life.

Puttering with toys in my office is ‘R&D’. Going to the Lego Store with my son is a ‘vendor visit’ with my ‘consultant’. Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling my wife…

All that working with building blocks got me thinking a lot about Therbligs, the set of basic actions people do to complete a shop floor production job. Those actions fit together to form processes in much the same way the little bricks combine to form small models.

What many people don’t realize, though, is that information flow also has a set of building block actions.

So, in this month’s featured article, I introduce the concept of Kejahs, the actions people do when working with information. Using this systematic way of looking for waste in administrative processes will be particularly helpful to those of you in the Lean office. Give it a try and let me know how it turned out at Info@Velaction.com.

As always, best wishes on your Lean journey.

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Jeff Hajek

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Jeff Hajek
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June 1, 2010
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Jeff Hajek is the Founder of Velaction Continuous Improvement, LLC, a company dedicated to making your job easier and more rewarding in a Lean environment.

If you liked this issue, you'll love Jeff's practical, easy to read, to the point training materials that help you find win-win solutions so you can quickly overcome Lean obstacles.

You can find out more about Jeff and the wealth of other free resources that he offers at www.Velaction.com.

Jeff is also the author of Whaddaya Mean I Gotta Be Lean? Building the bridge from job satisfaction to corporate profit. This unique book provides a blueprint for not only surviving, but also thriving in a Lean company. Plus it's like two books in one. The first half provides an overview about how to find job satisfaction in a continuous improvement culture. The second half addresses over a hundred problems that people face when they are asked to do more with less. Whaddaya Mean? is available at www.Amazon.com or at Velaction’s Lean Store.

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