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Brion Hurley from Business Performance Improvement shares his takes and thoughts on a variety of topics related to process improvement (specifically Lean and Six Sigma methods), Bursts are rapid improvement activities, so this sounded like a good word to use for these short audio clips. We'll try to keep them under 5 minutes each. Have a question? Use the anchor app to leave us a voice message, and we might pick your question for our next episode!

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Brion Hurley from Business Performance Improvement shares his takes and thoughts on a variety of topics related to process improvement (specifically Lean and Six Sigma methods), Bursts are rapid improvement activities, so this sounded like a good word to use for these short audio clips. We'll try to keep them under 5 minutes each. Have a question? Use the anchor app to leave us a voice message, and we might pick your question for our next episode!

    E14: How many wastes are there? And what are the 3 M's?

    E14: How many wastes are there? And what are the 3 M's?

    I try to simplify some confusion about the 7 types of waste (or are there 14 types?), the 3 M's, and explain simpler ways to think about opportunities in a process.

    Links


    Article: From 7 Wastes to 3 – The Yamada Method
    Acronyms for remembering the wastes
    BIZ-PI.com
    LeanSixSigmaDefinition.com



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    • 5 min
    E13: Need to Implement Continuous Improvement for certification? Start with Lean!

    E13: Need to Implement Continuous Improvement for certification? Start with Lean!

    I finished writing an article about two sustainability certification programs that require continuous improvement, but don't give guidance on how to do that. I explain why I think Lean is the best method to adopt for these mission-driven organizations. I also share examples below in the links about why I think Toyota is a leader in community engagement and environmental causes, not just financial performance.

    Links


    Article: Continuous Improvement key to B Corps, Fair Trade and other mission-driven organizations
    BIZ-PI.com
    LeanSixSigmaDefinition.com

    Toyota


    Toyota Kentucky facility reflects parent company’s commitment to the environment
    Toyota and the Earth Charter
    Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC) - Donates time to nonprofits and government agencies



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    E12: First SDCA before PDCA

    E12: First SDCA before PDCA

    I had a call this week helping out with a Black Belt project, and I was reminded about the Standardize-Do-Check-Act model that should be implemented first, before trying to make improvements to a process using the PDCA model (Plan-Do-Check-Act)

    Links


    BIZ-PI.com
    LeanSixSigmaDefinition.com
    Kaizen - The Key to Japan's Competitive Success by Masaaki Imai
    Photo from Masaaki Imai's "Kaizen" book about SDCA and PDCA



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    • 4 min
    E11: Two Questions from Episode 1 about Cost Savings

    E11: Two Questions from Episode 1 about Cost Savings

    I received two questions from Mark Graban about my first episode. He is a well-known Lean consultant with expertise in the healthcare industry, and has authored multiple books, including Lean Hospitals and Healthcare Kaizen and Measures of Success. He is also the host of multiple podcasts, including Lean Blog and My Favorite Mistake. Learn more about him at MarkGraban.com

    Links


    BIZ-PI.com
    LeanSixSigmaDefinition.com
    Episode 1: Why are Six Sigma Black Belts paid so much?
    MarkGraban.com



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    • 8 min
    E10: Explaining Lean and Six Sigma to Natural Problem Solvers

    E10: Explaining Lean and Six Sigma to Natural Problem Solvers

    During Lean and Six Sigma classes, I meet a lot of people who are good problem solvers already, and they mention that the topics are similar to how they approach problems. Here are some of my observations about my interactions with them, and what takeaways I gathered.

    Links


    BIZ-PI.com
    LeanSixSigmaDefinition.com



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    • 5 min
    E9: Access historic PRODUCTIVITY newsletters from Norman Bodek (1980-1993)

    E9: Access historic PRODUCTIVITY newsletters from Norman Bodek (1980-1993)

    I share exciting news that we have digital access to Norman Bodek's past PRODUCTIVITY newsletters from 1980-1993. He lived in Vancouver, Washington (near Portland), but was moving to Japan permanently, and we have scanned in the documents for you to search, download and review.

    Links


    BIZ-PI.com

    LeanSixSigmaDefinition.com

    PRODUCTIVITY newsletters and interviews with Norman Bodek



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    • 4 min

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