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Maximize Your Lean Success Newsletter: July, 2013

Maximize Your Lean Success

Now, Over 500 Pages of Lean Terms on PDF!

Plus, Get a Great Deal on Lean Audio Terms.

  • Notes from Jeff: My kids once again taught me about business.
  • What’s New?: We crossed the 500 page threshold in our free downloadable Lean guide!
  • New Terms: We posted several new terms this month, including an 11-page PDF on PDCA.
  • Recent Articles: See the latest recording of “Talking Lean” with Tim McMahon and me.
  • Polls: Tell us how you use metrics in your company.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: We are often asked where the best place in a company to start Lean is. Hear what we think.
  • Specials: To celebrate our 500-page milestone, we are giving 50% off on our Lean Term Audio Pack.
  • New Products: Sorry, no new products this month. Read the notes from Jeff to see why.

July 31, 2013


ISSN: 1946-5386

Jeff Hajek

Owner and Founder

Somehow, summer always gets away from me. At the beginning of the season, it seems like there is so much time. But then I blink, and suddenly over half of it is gone. This one has been particularly busy on both the personal and professional side.

The business has still seen us dumping time and energy into battling some serious issues with our Google rankings. They regularly change their processes for ranking, and we got caught up in something that is dragging us down. We are still ranked highly on Bing, though, so we are pretty sure it is not the content that is a problem. Plus we get great feedback. In truth, we think we'll come out of this stronger, as the changes we are making have made the site even better. In the meantime, though, you can help us out by spreading the word about us with links to interesting articles, or by connecting to us on social media. Every little bit helps.

On the personal side, my wife and I have an annual summertime competition to see who can plan the most fun stuff for the kids. It tends to mean that we are on the go all the time trying to outdo each other. Interestingly, the behavior of our kids mirrors what you likely see from your customers. The scoring is inconsistent, based on mood and how recently we planned something. And tracking of the points is virtually nonexistent. I might have 400 points today, and 4 million tomorrow. The current winner shifts on a whim, sometimes even to provide leverage for the next activity. The things that score highest are not always the things we think will be the best. In fact, I have learned that an ample dose of sugar is an incredible 'value-add' to any event.

The takeaway is that you always have to be on your toes when working to please your customers. And it gets even harder when you are up against a determined, formidable adversary. In fact, I am going to have to end this now. I think my wife is up to something, so I've got my next "No Bummer Summer" mission to plan…

As always, best wishes on your Lean journey.

Jeff Hajek

Founder of Velaction

  1. Last month, I built a small sound studio in a closet at home, so I'll be able to get more recording done. This month I've been focusing on reducing the setup time to get new MP3's created. You should start seeing the benefit of that in late August as summer winds down and things around here get back to normal.
  2. We crossed the 500-page barrier on our free downloadable Lean reference guide. The next term we publish will be the 50th available on PDF. We are also now have over 500 terms posted online. We are really proud of how far this resource has come.

The following terms have been added to our online reference guide,
The Continuous Improvement Companion, during the course of this month.

From The Gotta Go Lean Blog

In order to celebrate the 500 page milestone in our Continuous Improvement Companion, we are offering our current batch of Lean terms on MP3 for about half off. With so many pages, it can be hard to find the time to read everything in our Lean reference guide. Instead, listen to some of the terms on your way to work, at the gym, or while waiting in line at the DMV. With our MP3s loaded on your smartphone, you are never at a loss for a way to make better use of your time.

Regularly $34.99 for 16 Lean terms, we are offering this bundle of well over two hours of recordings for just $17.49. This offer is only good through the 11th of August  11, though, so don’t wait. Click on the link above to see the product page, or click here to buy this great bundle right now.

We do not have any new products to report on this month.


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