Establish a Continuous Improvement Culture

  • July 9, 2015

All too often people use Lean solely to drive daily incremental improvement (kaizen). What we don’t hear as much about is the power of Lean […]

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Shingo Research Award for Value Stream Mapping

  • June 21, 2015

This is Karen’s second Shingo Research Award and Mike’s first. The award ceremony took place on May 5, 2015 in Provo, Utah. To learn more about The Shingo Institute: www.shingo.org To learn more about the book: www.ksmartin.com/VSM To purchase the book: http://amzn.to/1BtJ8Yk

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Lean and Your Top & Bottom Lines

  • May 28, 2015

All too often people use Lean solely to drive daily incremental improvement (kaizen). What we don’t hear as much about is the power of Lean […]

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Value Stream Mapping Book Trailer

  • April 10, 2015

This book trailer gets to the heart of what the Shingo award-winning Value Stream Mapping can do for you and your organization. Learn more: http://www.vsm.ksmartin.com Purchase the book: http://www.bit.ly/VSMbk

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Kaizen Event Case Studies

  • March 21, 2015

In this webinar, Karen shares a case study for a Kaizen Event she has facilitated that addresses the following questions: What was the driver for the […]

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Value Stream Transformation: 10 Keys

  • February 3, 2015

Value Stream Mapping is a powerful, leadership-level improvement activity that looks at how work flows across an organization from a customer request to delivering on […]

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The Human Side of Value Stream Mapping

  • January 27, 2015

When you think of value stream transformation, what are the most common desired outcomes that come to mind? Shorter lead times? Higher quality? Reduced expenses? Expansive thinkers often go beyond these classic performance indicators and aim for improvements such as shorter-to-market time for new products, greater market share, smoother acquisitions, and less painful annual budgeting […]

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Problem Solving: The P in PDSA

  • January 6, 2015

Effective problem solving is not an innate skill that most people are born with. Even for those few lucky ones who are born with natural […]

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Value Stream Mapping and Organizational Healing

  • December 16, 2014

Karen is interviewed by Gemba Academy’s Ron Pereira about her Shingo Award-winning book Value Stream Mapping (co-authored with Mike Osterling), including the role of VSM in organizational healing and what skills a facilitator needs to be successful leading senior leaders through the process.

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The Outstanding Organization with Gemba Academy

Karen is interviewed by Gemba Academy’s Ron Pereira about her Shingo Research Award-winning book, The Outstanding Organization, and the four key behaviors for organizational excellence—Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement—that, once instilled into a company’s DNA, open the door to sustainable growth and profit.

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