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Maximize Your Lean Success Newsletter: November, 2013

Maximize Your Lean Success

We have a (actually 3) winner(s)! And we'll have another one next month.

Plus, we need your help with an ambitious project.

  • Notes from Jeff: As the new year rolls around, we’ll be working on a business system development program. Stay tuned for details. But in the meantime, we would love to hear your ideas.
  • What’s New?: We have a winner. And another decision to make about our next DVD giveaway.
  • New Terms: We are wrapping up the last few ‘legacy’ terms from when we set them up as placeholders in the infancy of our site. One of the most interesting terms is the “How You Think Links” from Whadday Mean I Gotta Be Lean?
  • Recent Articles: A couple of articles inspired by my kids this month.
  • Polls: Tell us the right ratio of consultants to team members and let us know how best to help you learn about Lean.
  • Frequently Asked Questions: We are often asked about how many KPIs your team should have, plus we dispel a myth about where Lean works.
  • Specials: Get a steep discount on our PowerPoint pack. Normally $119, now only $69. Offer good at least through Tuesday night.
  • New Products: We bundled up a big downloadable pack of our digital products for those of you who want to get started on your training right away.

Nov. 30, 2013


ISSN: 1946-5386

Jeff Hajek

Owner and Founder


Let me start off by saying I hope all of you (in the US, at least) had a great Thanksgiving holiday.

The holiday means this year is wrapping up, we are gearing up for the new challenges starting in January. A big improvement priority of ours deals with how we do our product development. One of the things we've been hearing is that people want a way to tie our Lean Training System together. We responded this year with our Continuous Improvement Transformation Model. But we want to go even further and will be developing a "Practical Guide to Creating a Lean Business System." (At this point, it is still a working title.)

We are still ironing out the details, but we'd love to hear what you'd want to see in a program like this. Let us know at info@velaction.com.  In the not too distant future, we'll also be asking for some volunteers to try out the program. More details to follow as we get moving on developing this program.

Congratulations also go out to J.G, C.B., and J.T. for being selected to receive Problem Solving DVD packs. It was hard to choose from among the three of them, so I decided to just give all three finalists a set. Look at the "What's New?" section to learn more about them and how you can get the next set of DVDs we are giving away.

And finally, as always, best wishes on your Lean journey.

Jeff Hajek

Founder of Velaction

  1. We Have a (Actually 3) Winner! Last month I offered up some returned products to you, and chose 3 finalists. I had intended to let you choose the final winner, but I got somewhat OBE (overcome by events). So, in fairness, I am just going to send copies of the DVDs out to all three finalists. They are:
  • J.G, a value stream manager for a 121 year old company. That history comes with some cultural inertia that makes problem solving a challenge.
  • C.B, a lean enterprise development director is looking for some problem solving training that is easy to understand. He sees a connection between complexity and resistance to change.
  • J.T., a quality manager for a new, growing company. They do a lot of problem solving on the fly and want to add some more structure to the process.
  1. For next month, we'll be giving away a pack of 6 Lean Leadership DVDs. (Note: There is no Managing with Metrics DVD in the pack we are giving away). Contact us at info@velaction.com to let us know why we should give them to you.
  2. We continue to work on improving our site. We are experimenting with using a table of contents on our terms. These entries are pretty long, so we want you to be able to find what you are looking for right away. Look at the Gemba or 5 Whys terms to see this new feature. You'll also notice a cleaner look throughout the site as we have stripped out some of the lesser used links and organized the sections a bit better.

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

  • Are You Worrying About the Right Things?

    Some people worry about shark attacks. They see the stories on the media, and get concerned that they will be a victim. But let’s look at the numbers. In the decade of the 2000’s, there were 11 unprovoked shark attacks in the US.

  • How Easy is “Easy”?

    So, it is a lazy Saturday morning, and my elementary school age son asked me to play a game of baseball on the Wii. He even offered to “take it easy on me.” It is impossible to resist an offer like that, so, of course I played.

    The first inning was scoreless. In the second inning, he put up 4 runs to my goose egg…

  • POLL: How many internal CI experts/consultants should a company have?

    POLL: How many internal CI experts/consultants should a company have?

    Organizations that thrive at continuous improvement often do so because they have a staff of dedicated experts acting as guides on their Lean journeys. There are a few different flavors to how these people are assigned, though.

  • POLL: What training products would help you the most?

    POLL QUESTION: Which training product would most help you develop a stronger continuous improvement culture in your organization?

    One of our goals is to help you create the best continuous improvement training program possible. We do this through a combination of various factors:

    • Our personal knowledge of how to teach people about continuous improvement
    • An review of our competitor’s product lines
    • more…
  • What Kids and a Puddle Can Teach Us about Adult Behaviors

    I dropped my son off at his elementary school this morning. The spot where they line up was flooded with a giant puddle that was a few inches deep. Interestingly, there were a few different responses to this unusual situation. Some kids just got in line behind it and paid little attention to the standing water. Some kids moved up and explored along its edge. Some of the more adventurous ones, primarily those with boots on, walked into the puddle.

Complete PowerPoint Package

One of our most popular products is our Lean Training System Complete PowerPoint package. It contains 34 presentations with over 650 total slides. Regularly $119, now only $69. We'll keep this pricing at least until Tuesday night.

Enterprise Pack (Download Edition)

We've put together an extensive download bundle so you can get our training materials in a hurry. It contains a wide assortment of digital products including our PowerPoint presentations, student guides, MP3s, quizzes, and much more.


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