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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Annual Management Improvement Carnival 2012: Kaizen Notebook

In my last and final review for John Hunter's Annual Management Improvement Carnival I have chosen Evan Durant's Kaizen Notebook. Evan is an improvement lead at a large technology company. He helps to facilitate the use of lean thinking in operations as well as other areas in order to improve overall business results for the organization. I have been following Evan for several years. He has a great knack for applying Lean to the world around him. 

Evan started his blog Kaizen Notebook at the same time I started mine.  We have had many conversations on Lean thinking and implementation. I really enjoy Evan's practical approach to applying Lean to his every life. I get a number of great ideas from Evan that I don't mind stealing. 

Here are a few of my favorite posts on Kaizen Notebook from this past year:

Value Stream Mapping and Lead Time – Evan Durant explains that lead time is a proxy for all those other process metrics in the value stream.

I's on the Prize – Evan Durant explains 3 ‘I’ things that are required to make truly effective visual management.

The Politics of Problem Solving - Evan Durant talks about problem solving and the importance of adjusting your thinking based on experimental results.

Action - Evan Durant reminds us that the action necessary often is to go and see because action without understanding counterproductive.

Evan is always challenging my thinking which is why I keep coming back to see what next. I know you will want to keep tuning in as well after reading posts like these.

Don't forget to read some of the other great reviews from other bloggers by going to the Annual Management Improvement Carnival home page.

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  1. Thanks for the write-up, Tim. I really appreciate it!

  2. Kaizen is a everyday procedure and if performed effectively decreases the need for “overly difficult work” probably a bit like the trim or six sigma company control techniques that some of you may be familiar with of.