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Lean Newsletter Archive, July 2011

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Updates for Velaction's Registered Users

Check Out Our Brand New Study Guide.
Plus Get A $25 Off Coupon For Our DVD Bundles.


  • Special Offers: See two great special offers…
    1. $25 off our pick-a-pack DVD bundles
    2. Our $69 5S Lego training exercise for just $10 when bundled with our choose-your-own DVD 6-pack
  • New Products: See our Lean Office Overview Recorded Webinar on DVD
  • Study Guide: See our 21 lesson study guide to learn more about Standard Work
  • Webinar Schedule: See our upcoming webinar on 8 Ways to Create an Infrastructure that Supports Lean
  • Featured Articles: See some excerpts from select articles including 9 Words That Kill Lean Progress
  • Recent Articles: See a list of our recent Gotta Go Lean Blog posts
  • What’s New?: Learn about our new newsletter layout and the beta testing of our upcoming Lean Office Flow Exercise

July 17, 2011


ISSN: 1946-5386

Jeff Hajek

Owner and Founder



Dear %$firstname$%,

We’ve got a lot going on this month, and are burning the midnight oil trying to be ready when the summer vacations end and people return to the grindstone. Look at our “What’s New?” section to learn about the revised look of our newsletter and a new offering: Study Guides.

We are also deep in the heart of our Lean Office Flow Exercise beta test. The development is going quite well, so we think you’ll be quite pleased with the results. We have two more organizations lined up to give it a try, so we’ll be able to really dial it in before it goes up for sale.

We also want to give you a head’s up about our upcoming webinar (see it in the Webinar section below). It is titled 8 Ways to Create an Infrastructure that Supports Lean, and is filling up fast. If you want a seat, make sure to sign up soon.

Best wishes on your Lean journey.

Jeff Hajek

Founder of Velaction


New Look

The obvious change is the new look to this newsletter. We’ve had our old layout for a while, and wanted to make our newsletter easier to read as well as less costly to print. We’ve gotten rid of the background colors to save you ink, and we added a lot of white space to make it easier on the eyes as well as to make information jump off the page.

Plus, we think it looks a lot sharper than the old version. With better graphics and a more streamlined look, it just has a more polished feel to it that makes the content really stand out.

Study Guides

In addition to the new look, we are also introducing our study guide section (see below). We compile a list of articles, tools, and terms related to a specific topic so you can dive right into it.

If the list is too daunting to read all at once, no problem. We also offer it as a “Lesson of the Day” email series. These fixed-duration mailing lists let you get bite sized portions of Lean information focused specifically on a topic you want to learn about.


8 Ways to Create an Infrastructure that Supports Lean

(8/3/2011, 9:00-10:00 AM PDT)

Tim McMahon and I team up once again in our montly webinar. We missed July due to some scheduling problems we could not overcome, but have come up with a topic for our August presentation that has really resonated with both of our readers. We will be discussing some practical ways to set your organziation up for success by creating an infrastructure that supports your Lean efforts.

If you are interested in this free webinar, we recommend that you sign up right away. Space is limited and seats are filling up fast.


From The Gotta Go Lean Blog

Cursive is Dead. Long Live the Keyboard.

I just read an interesting article that said the State of Indiana will no longer require their schools to teach cursive in class. My first response was more emotional than logical. I couldn’t believe that cursive writing is dying. It would be hard to imagine that my kids would not be able to read a note I wrote to them.

Read More…

9 Words That Kill Lean Progress

As a Lean consultant, I have identified several words over the years that immediately make me see red flags with a process. When I hear them, I immediately start snooping around a little deeper, and often uncover some great opportunities for improvements.

Read More…


Lean Office Overview DVD

We’ve added another great DVD to our Lean Training System product line. This latest one is a 64 minute recording of a Lean Office Overview webinar. Learn more by clicking the image below.


$25 Off “Build-A-Bundle” DVD Packs

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Offer expires on 7/21/2011. Coupon cannot be combined with other offers.

Buy a 6-Pack of DVDs and Get Our $69 5S Lego Exercise for Just $10 More

Click the “Add to Cart” link below to view our subscriber only offer that adds our Visual Controls and 5S Lean Lego Exercise to our “Build-A-Bundle” DVD 6-pack for just $10 more. That’s a savings of $59!

Offer expires on 7/21/2011. Cannot be combined with other offers.

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Standard Work

Standard Work provides a foundation for Lean operations. Because Standard Work is a very specific form of standardization, it is not applicable in all situations. It works best when there is an observable, repeatable, linear process performed by a person (though he or she may be interacting with machines).

Standard Work is documented using three basic forms:

  1. The Time Observation Sheet
  2. The Standard Work Sheet
  3. The Standard Work Combination Sheet

While on the surface it may seem that Standard Work limits creativity and restricts operators’ flexibility, in truth, it does the opposite. The structure that it creates provides a foundation for improvement. It also frees people up from making unnecessary decisions and dealing with avoidable problems.

You can learn more about this subject by clicking on each of the links to the right, or you can subscribe to the Standard Work Lessons of the Day to have these links sent right to your inbox in series of emails.


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Gotta Go Lean Blog Take a look at Jeff's
Gotta Go Lean

Sorry, we don’t have any new Lean terms since our last newsletter. We’ve been working on a few big projects, namely the Lean Office Flow Exercise and our newsletter redesign. We should be back on track with our terms next month.

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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 award-winning 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.


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