Building the Fit Organization (with Dan Markovitz)

  • January 21, 2016

The corporate landscape is littered with the carcasses of companies that have failed in their pursuit of the Toyota Way. Their efforts fail precisely because […]

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Value Stream & Process Mapping

  • December 19, 2015

Since Mike Osterling and I released our latest book, Value Stream Mapping, we’ve received a lot of questions about which level of mapping–value stream vs. […]

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Lean for the Holidays

  • December 15, 2015

Over the past few days, I’ve received a number of  clever holiday and Lean-themed videos, maps, and stories that I thought I’d share. I’m sure […]

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Process Change: Communication & Training

  • October 22, 2015

Rolling out process improvements is a common point of failure in organizations. In this webinar, you’ll learn tips for proper communication and learning so that […]

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Lean and the Corporate Agenda

  • August 11, 2015

Why is it that even the most successful lean projects often go unrecognized in the executive suites? The issue may be lack of alignment – […]

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Establish a Continuous Improvement Culture

  • July 9, 2015

Organizational culture – everybody talks about it, few understand its underlying mechanisms and even fewer know how to truly establish the culture they need to […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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