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An interview with Ann Mei Chang on her recent book Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good shows how the scientific method and Lean Startup practices help mission-driven organizations scale up the social impact of their work, time, and money. She talked with LEI’s Chet Marchwinski after her keynote at the 2019 […]
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A Dutch primary school discovered how lean principles could be used to tackle an overburdening (muri) of staff in 10 of its 55 schools. Linda van Driel and Eric Steenbakkers (lean coaches) brought A3 thinking to Zaan Primair, a problem-solving method that would help them to clarify where the overburdening came from. An initial analysis […]
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A book review was written by Brion Hurley about the work that Toyota’s TSSC group provided to a nonprofit home rebuilding organization. Their success stories were chronicled in the new book titled, “Getting Home” from the founders of St. Bernard Project Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg. Some of the improvements highlighted in the book include: […]
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This is a podcast hosted by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). The presenters are Brion Hurley (a board member of the Sustainable Development Division located in Portland, Oregon), and Greg Smith, who is helping set up a nonprofit volunteer organization in Atlanta, Georgia. The webinar shares some background on a group called […]
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Jason Schulist is President of Generative Local Community Institute (GLCI), an organization that connects communities so they can better address social issues like homelessness. Jason shared how continuous improvement factors into this important line of work. In this podcast you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Jason Jason’s background, specifically in social change About value streams […]
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During a Lean Talks presentation, Jeff Foster, the San Diego Zoo Global‘s Chief Director of Continuous Improvement, noted that although work for most people will not involve improving how pachyderm pods are swabbed, the same improvement principles apply such as supporting “process owners,” the people closest to the work. So when veterinarians had difficulty reaching […]
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La Poste, France’s national postal service company, runs a sorting and distribution center in Roubaix, in the north of the country, which I am visiting with Nathalie Lagrenée, North Operations Director. Nathalie is one of the very few women lean leaders I know, and every day she lives and breathes the essence of lean thinking: learning […]
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This is an interview with Jess Schamberger, who is the Vice President of Operations at Goodwill of the Heartland in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She discusses some of the lean and Six Sigma improvements implemented in the donation receiving area, as well as the light manufacturing services they provide to local businesses. They facilitated 26 improvement […]
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For nonprofit organizations, working with skilled volunteers on pro bono projects isn’t your typical volunteer engagement. These projects take lots of advance planning, careful selection of the right skilled volunteer for the job, and a unique type of management throughout the entire process to make sure you’re communicating with your internal team and volunteers appropriately. […]
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Interview by Michael Hughes, from the November 2018 edition of ISE Magazine Andrew Parris is a certified lean Six Sigma master black belt and process excellence manager with Medair, a faith-based humanitarian nongovernmental organization headquartered in Switzerland. How did you begin your lean Six Sigma journey? I wanted to be involved in the process of […]
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