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A business podcast dedicated to teaching and sharing how the popular business improvement methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma can be applied to environmental impacts (water, air emissions, solid waste, trash, rubbish, hazardous waste, toxins, and energy) and societal issues (homelessness, government agencies, education, healthcare, gender equality, poverty, etc). These techniques and principles can help businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGO's, not-for-profit organizations and local communities save money, engage employees and residents, and become better stewards of the environment. Learn more at LeanSixSigmaForGood.com



Keywords: Lean, Six Sigma, Environment, Sustainability, Green, Energy Reduction, Energy Conservation, Carbon Footprint, Triple Bottom Line, Eco-friendly, Environmental Sustainability, Water Conservation, Lean Six Sigma, Business Improvement, Process Efficiency, Zero Waste, Waste Reduction, Efficiency, Poverty, Donations, Homelessness, Healthcare

Lean Six Sigma for Good Podcast Brion Hurley: Lean Six Sigma for Good

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A business podcast dedicated to teaching and sharing how the popular business improvement methodologies of Lean and Six Sigma can be applied to environmental impacts (water, air emissions, solid waste, trash, rubbish, hazardous waste, toxins, and energy) and societal issues (homelessness, government agencies, education, healthcare, gender equality, poverty, etc). These techniques and principles can help businesses, nonprofit organizations, NGO's, not-for-profit organizations and local communities save money, engage employees and residents, and become better stewards of the environment. Learn more at LeanSixSigmaForGood.com



Keywords: Lean, Six Sigma, Environment, Sustainability, Green, Energy Reduction, Energy Conservation, Carbon Footprint, Triple Bottom Line, Eco-friendly, Environmental Sustainability, Water Conservation, Lean Six Sigma, Business Improvement, Process Efficiency, Zero Waste, Waste Reduction, Efficiency, Poverty, Donations, Homelessness, Healthcare

    E092: Process Improvement in Nonprofit Daycare with Elisabeth Swan

    E092: Process Improvement in Nonprofit Daycare with Elisabeth Swan

    In today’s episode, I interviewed Elisabeth Swan, who has over 30 years of process improvement experience with a great background working for consulting firms like Rath & Strong and Pivotal Resources. She has lots of experience working with nonprofits, government, hospitality, healthcare, entertainment (including work on “Saved by the Bell”), and the for-profit sector. She teaches Lean and Six Sigma at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), is the co-host of the podcast and video series (with our last guest Tracy O’Rourke) called the Just-in-Time Cafe, and is a co-author of the book, The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Your Lean Six Sigma Journey.







    In this episode, she shares some specific examples of her work with a nonprofit healthcare organization called Cape Code Health Care, and how she helped them achieve Green Belt certification and implement improvements in a daycare setting.







    You can also watch the video of this podcast below, or go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ths_QNkGi7c









    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ths_QNkGi7c









    Links







    * Email: elisabeth@jitcafe.com* Elisabeth Swan – LinkedIn* Elisabeth Swan – Twitter* Swan Consulting & Associates* JIT Cafe Podcast with Tracy O’Rourke and Elisabeth Swan* The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Your Lean Six Sigma Journey* Cartoon LinkedIn Post Examples* Goodwill 5S: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/elisabethswan_leanthinking-missiondriven-activity-6866722730406936576-jMQE* Comparison is the Thief of Joy: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/elisabethswan_comparison-despair-activity-6879062268701671424-0oht* Is “Lack of Training the Issue?”: https://www.linkedin.com/posts/elisabethswan_solutionfocused-rootcauseanalysis-activity-6874366135672864768-y57q* Conducting Lean Six Sigma with Friends and Family: https://www.linkedin.

    • 51 min
    E091: Process Improvement in Not-for-Profit Sectors with Tracy O’Rourke

    E091: Process Improvement in Not-for-Profit Sectors with Tracy O’Rourke

    In today’s episode, I interviewed Tracy O’Rourke, who has over 20 years of process improvement experience, working with nonprofits, government, education, military and the for-profit sector. She teaches Lean and Six Sigma at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD), is the co-host of the podcast and video series, Just-in-Time Cafe (with Elisabeth Swan), and is a co-author of the book, The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Your Lean Six Sigma Journey.







    You can also watch the video of this podcast below, or go to https://youtu.be/SrOEabJdRP4



















    Links







    * Email: tracy@jitcafe.com* Tracy O’Rourke – LinkedIn* SoCal Lean Network* JIT Cafe Podcast with Elisabeth Swan* The Problem-Solver’s Toolkit: A Surprisingly Simple Guide to Your Lean Six Sigma Journey* School Profiles* University of California-San Diego (UCSD)* San Diego State University* Nonprofit Project Examples and Videos







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    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide...

    • 55 min
    E090: Guest Interview on Environmentally Conscious Nation Podcast from Aug 2021

    E090: Guest Interview on Environmentally Conscious Nation Podcast from Aug 2021

    In today’s episode, I share the interview I had with D.J. Vagnetti, host of the Environmentally Conscious Nation podcast. I don’t think his podcast is still active, otherwise I would recommend listening directly to the episode.







    This interview assumes that the audience doesn’t know much about process improvement or Lean or Six Sigma, so if you know someone who cares about the environment, it might be a good episode for them to hear.







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    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide















    Have you ordered the new book, “Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 1)?” The book is made up of 8 chapters written about experiences from Lean and Six Sigma practitioners, to give you tips and tricks to help you work with nonprofits in your area. All proceeds donated to charity. We are also close to releasing Volume 2, so check back for the latest news.































    Transcript







    Welcome to Environmentally Concerned Nation, the environmental show that goes way beyond water cooler climate debates. This podcast features the science, policy, politics, law, engineering, and public opinion that matters to you. Why? Because you are in control of the environment and no one else. Yes, you decide to go green or vegan. Our collective choices will determine the fate of our children. Welcome our host, DJ Vagnetti. DJ is an Environmental, Civil, and Water Resources Engineer, but this show is not about him but about the fate of young and future generations to come.







    DJ (D): Welcome to episode five of Environmentally Concerned Nation. In this episode, Brion Hurley and I discussed implementing Lean Six Sigma so that you can improve your business bottom line. If you want to improve return of investment by optimizing business processes, learn the environmental impact of process waste,

    • 44 min
    E089: 2021 Lean Six Sigma for Good – Year in Review

    E089: 2021 Lean Six Sigma for Good – Year in Review

    Today I recapped the last year, and give some insights into my plans for 2022. It’s a shorter episode than usual, so hopefully you have time to listen to it during the holidays.







    I recap the past podcast episodes that I released, along with ones I was interviewed on. I also discuss the LeanSixSigmaForGood.com and LeanSixSigmaEnvironment.org website updates, discuss nonprofit volunteer work with Lean Portland, my client work related to environmental reductions and work with nonprofits and not-for-profits, and updates on the book series.







    Here are the links I mentioned:







    * Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 2)* Lean Portland Virtual Unconference – Dec 2021* Video of focused nonprofit volunteer projects with Lean Portland: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J45ZqxCHEvA* Free PDF download – “Leading Improvements for Social Good,” How Kaizen Event Facilitation Skills can increase your impact in the community and increase opportunities at work: https://www.leansixsigmaforgood.com/facilitation/ * Lean Six Sigma and the Environment course (Free): https://business-performance-improvement.thinkific.com/courses/lean-six-sigma-and-the-environment* Past podcasts of Lean Six Sigma for Good: https://leansixsigmaenvironment.org/index.php/category/podcast/







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    * FREE online course called “Lean Six Sigma and the Environment”* OpEx Six Sigma Online Training and Certification* Creative Safety Supply – Free 5S Guide

    • 20 min
    E088: Using Toyota Kata to Help Local Food Banks with Hugh Alley

    E088: Using Toyota Kata to Help Local Food Banks with Hugh Alley

    Our guest is Hugh Alley, an experienced lean practitioner and industrial engineer, who has experience with the Toyota Kata method of improvement. He has recently applied this approach to a nonprofit food bank in Vancouver, British Columbia in Canada called Loaves and Fishes. This approach was based on the KataLab approach developed for the food bank Moisson Montréal by Jean-Marc Legentil, Marc-Olivier Legentil and Sylvain Landry.







    He shares the following information during our interview:







    * His background in Industrial Engineering and how he self-taught when he didn’t know how to solve a problem* The four steps of the Toyota Kata approach* Why it should be called Toyota Kata, not just Kata* How to rethink failure as an outcome that wasn’t expected* The confusion about Toyota Kata on how to identify the next experiment* The format for a 2-day KataLab implementation at a food bank:* Day 1 AM – Intro to Toyota Kata training (with puzzle exercise)* Day 1 PM – Discover current condition over a few rounds of exploration* Day 2 AM – 3 rounds of experiments to improve, run process for 30 mins, analyze and reflection time, then setup next experiment* Day 2 PM – Coaching Kata process learning and practice* How they were able to double the output of food produced at the food bank with half the people and half the space* How they were able to use KataLab to reduce lab waiting time by 50% in 13 weeks without spending money or adding people* The 5 core skills that every supervisor and frontline leader should have







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    You can watch the full video of the interview here…















    Links







    * Email: hugh@becomingthesupervisor.com* LinkedIn Profile – Hugh Alley* Books Mentioned:* Hugh’s book, Becoming The Supervisor (Productivity Press, June 2020), a story focused on developing the core skills of front line leaders* 5 skills are Instruct, Improve, Set priorities, Foster performance, and Listen* Tiny Habits: https://amzn.to/3CDjxgU* Reinventing the Factory: Productivity Breakthroughs In Manufacturing Today: https://amzn.to/3pYgU5K* The Machine That Changed The World: https://amzn.to/3mCT25K* A Revolution in Manufacturing: The SMED System by Shigeo Shingo: https://amzn.

    • 41 min
    E087: Applying Lean to Nonprofits and Healthcare with Matt Horvat

    E087: Applying Lean to Nonprofits and Healthcare with Matt Horvat

    My good friend Matt Horvat is the founder of Lean Portland, and has extensive experience in process improvement in various industries like Construction, Healthcare, Insurance and Consulting. He discusses why he set up Lean Portland, and shares his first pro bono volunteer projects with a nonprofit in Portland.







    We discuss:







    * his background in Industrial Engineering and his early work in the construction industry * the importance of daily huddles and management systems * how 3P and the 7 ways exercise helped create a better customer checkout experience that engaged nonprofit staff * how A3 helped setup a lung cancer screening process * his experience working with local nonprofits in Portland * the importance of leader standard work and checklists * a tour he set up to showcase a tiered daily huddle system at a healthcare system * a demonstration of his new software program/app for daily management called Lean Routine, which can be found at https://leanroutine.app/







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    You can watch the full video of the interview here…















    Links







    * Email: matthew.horvat@gmail.com* LinkedIn Profile – Matt Horvat* Lean Routine App* Summary of Tiered Huddle System Tour* Upcoming Lean Portland Virtual Unconference on Dec 7th* Lean DFW – Inspiration for Lean Portland* The Rebuilding Center* Read full show notes | Subscribe or rate this podcast







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