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Maximize Your Lean Success Newsletter: June, 2013

Maximize Your Lean Success

One-Day Sale! 30% off of individual DVDs on July 1, 2013.

Plus, a load of new terms and site improvements.

  • Notes from Jeff: We’ve got a few rules we need help enforcing.
  • What’s New?: More changes to the site, a new newsletter format, and the first edition of Talking Lean with Jeff and Tim.
  • New Terms: We posted about a dozen new terms this month, including “TIMWOOD”, setup time, and frontline employees.
  • Recent Articles: Another football article to highlight a Lean concept.
  • Polls: Let us know how long you think it takes for a company to become recognizable as being Lean.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: We are often asked how to convince people to embrace Lean principles.
  • Specials: One-Day Sale on DVDs. 30% off on July 1, 2013.
  • New Products: See if we have released any new products this month.

June 30, 2013


ISSN: 1946-5386

Jeff Hajek

Owner and Founder

As I write this, I am facing a bit of a dilemma. I have seen a few red flags popping up in the Lean community, and wanted to address them. But on the flip side, I don’t want to come across as being all reprimandy, especially since what I am seeing is coming from just a few interspersed people. I am afraid, though, that some of the things I have observed will become contagious and spread. So, what I will do instead is just post a few rules that I'd like you to help me enforce. If you see these things going on, please make a point of addressing them.

  1. Thou shalt not use "Toyota does it that way" as a point in an argument.
  2. Thou shalt not replace current terms with Japanese terms just to sound smarter.
  3. Thou shalt not be afraid to challenge the teachings of Deming/Shingo/Ohno/Shook/Womack etc.
  4. Thou shalt not treat anything about Lean as sacred. Everything can be improved.
  5. Thou shalt give straight answers. If your answer is a plumped up version of 'it depends' ask more questions until you can give a straight answer.
  6. Thou shalt not make use of quotation marks when referring to someone as an "expert" or a "consultant".
  7. Thou shalt not ridicule companies that are not Lean or that are doing it poorly.
  8. Thou shalt not be uppity about whether Lean is a set of tools, a philosophy, a methodology, or a mindset, and about whether you can implement it or not. Just focus on getting better.
  9. Thou shalt not waste time arguing about whether Lean or Six Sigma is better or what each focuses on. There is an 80% overlap between the two.

OK, I now relinquish my soapbox. Please help police the Lean community. If you have any thoughts on these, let us know in the comments section at the bottom of the online version of this newsletter.

As always, best wishes on your Lean journey.

Jeff Hajek

Founder of Velaction

  1. As you may notice, we have changed up the format of our newsletter. It can be a time-consuming process to manage the formatting that makes this message readable across a variety of email programs. Instead, we have created a template online that draws in our most recent content automatically. It lets us focus more of our time on developing that content and less time telling you about it. Let us know what you think of this new format at info@velaction.com.
  2. We've continued to make significant changes to our site, and more are sure to come as we work to get back in Google's good graces. Truth be told, the site is a lot cleaner and people are sticking around even longer. We must be doing something right.
  3. We are nearly done building a small recording studio to make it easier to produce DVDs and to record our articles and terms. We are particularly excited about this new resource as it will open up some doors for new ways to help you learn about Lean. Stay tuned… 

From The Gotta Go Lean Blog

  • POLL: How long will it take a typical company to become “Lean”?

    POLL QUESTION: How long will it take a typical average company to become Lean?

    One of the questions that many people have when they start a Lean journey is, “How long will it take?” Now, the truth is, this question is nearly impossible to answer. The motivation and resources of the company, the quality of the leadership, the presence of a crisis, and a host of other factors affect the speed with which a company embraces change…

  • Talking Lean (Episode #1, 6-14-2013)

    Welcome to Episode 1 of “Talking Lean” with Jeff Hajek (me) and Tim McMahon (from the “A Lean Journey” blog). This show is intended to be a buffet of Lean bites. Tim and I both have a variety of features that we regularly post on our websites. Unfortunately, great content such as this can get lost in a sea of Lean noise.

  • Why Offense and Defense Scoring Rankings are Horrible Metrics for the NFL

    I am an avid fan of the NFL. I love looking over the stats almost as much as watching games. The numbers tell you a lot about the flow of the game.

    The stats, though, are can be misleading. Take scoring offense and scoring defense, for example. Let’s say that a team gives up few points. This can happen because the defense is stout or because the offense is great and controls the ball. With a few less possessions in a game, you’d expect to see fewer points.

We will be on a limited shipping schedule the week from July 2-5, so we thought we'd give you an incentive to order your DVDs before then. We've got a one-day sale going on July 1, 2013. Use coupon code DVDJULY2013 to get 30% off any individual DVD. Sorry, but you can't combine this offer with any others.

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


One Comment

  • zion1958 says:

    Totally agree with the “Notes from Jeff.”
    Well stated. Often, I believe things are communicated as a mystery to better market someone’s perceived expertise. At the end of the day it boils down to, “can we get better?” Yes, we can. Doesn’t simply become continuous improvement in area of life, whether personal, professional,spiritual, etc.? What went well or not well today and can I make it better tomorrow? Pretty basic in my mind.

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