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Mission and Vision: The E6S-Methods podcast series is intended for the enthusiast or practitioner of quality, Lean, Six Sigma and other performance improvement tools. Its mission is to provide specific recommendations and different insights and approaches to some of the classic tools, as well as any new tools that may surface. Best practices, tips, and tricks will be shared as well as exploring multiple approaches to reach the same practical end. As this podcast grows in listener-ship, we wi ...
 
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This week’s guest is Liam O’Malley. Liam shared his continuous improvement journey with us, specifically his experience with Lean Daily Management Systems. Liam explained the benefits and offered some great advice for those getting started. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quotes …
 
This week’s guest is Nik Kottha. Ron and Nik covered several important topics, including what Nik has learned from yoga, what excellence means to him, and where his passion comes from. Nik also stressed the importance of coaching. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspir…
 
This week’s guest is Peter Christian. Ron and Peter talk all about why Lean & Six Sigma programs often fail. They also explain what you can do to prevent some of these pitfalls. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Peter (2:53) Peter’s background (3:32) Why continu…
 
This week’s guest is Lee Houghton. Lee shared one of the most personal, moving stories we’ve had on this podcast. This one will stay with you for quite a while. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Lee (3:26) Lee’s background (4:24) What Lee asked for from his best…
 
This week’s guest is David Larsen. Ron and David had a great discussion about continuous improvement in both manufacturing and in healthcare. David also shared an interesting case study he worked on to improve employee safety. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires D…
 
This week’s guest is Luciana Toda. Ron and Luciana discussed the concept of entropy and its role in a culture of continuous improvement. They also explored how sustainability factors in as far as creating real, lasting change. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quotes that inspire L…
 
This week’s guest is Brandon Bartel. Ron and Brandon discussed setting intentions and the role intention plays. Brandon also shared his aspirations to incorporate more Toyota Kata into his lean journey. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Brandon (2:33) Brandon’s …
 
This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Ron and Adam discussed Adam’s new book, “The Wheel of Sustainability,” including how and why he wrote it. Adam also shared some very moving stories that highlight the true power of lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quote that inspires Adam …
 
This week’s guests are Thomas Lencki and Dagmar Vlahos. They explained all the powerful ways they use lean in higher education in New Hampshire. Thomas and Dagmar also touched on increasing engagement, navigating Covid-era challenges, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: The quo…
 
This week’s guest is Dr. Jeffrey Liker. Jeff explained why he released a second edition of his bestselling book, The Toyota Way. Jeff and Ron also discussed scientific thinking and its relationship to other lean tools like 5S, Hoshin Kanri, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here. In this episode you’ll learn: J…
 
This week's guest is Jason Haines. Ron and Jason discussed the importance of having a visual workplace, and how it, along with standard work, can actually help you retain employees. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Jason (2:38) Jason's background (3:14) The defi…
 
This week's guest is Prasad Akella. Prasad shared his take on the relationship between machine intelligence and human intelligence, and how they can work together in harmony. Prasad also stressed the importance of data and data literacy. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that …
 
This week's guest is Patrick Adams. Patrick recently released a new book all about the concept of "continuous appearance." He explained what it can mean for your organization and its culture, and how it can be prevented. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Patrick …
 
This week's guest is Paul Bruno. Paul doesn't have a traditional lean background, but the fascinating research he shared on the story behind the creation of the Jeep is full of lean parallels and lessons. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: A quote that Paul likes (4:10) Paul's background…
 
This week we're sharing the audio of our recent Billy Taylor livestream. Billy is a lean powerhouse and his presentation is packed with practical and profound wisdom. If you're looking for some New Year's inspiration, this episode is for you. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: An anecdot…
 
This week's guest is Lili Boyanova. Lili shared some of what she's learned about lean so far and her vision for the future. Lili also asked Ron some pretty profound questions about life and lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Lili (5:13) Lili's background (6:…
 
This week's guest is Cristian Goyzueta. Cristian is relatively new to continuous improvement but had a wealth of knowledge to share. Cristian and Ron covered quite a few different topics, ranging from ISO to visual management and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that in…
 
This week's guest is Richard Henderson. Richard has applied lean in various settings, and he shared some of what he's learned over the years. Richard also plays and coaches soccer, and he and Ron discussed how lean relates to sports. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that insp…
 
This week's guest is Tejas Munot. Tejas shared what he learned during his time at VIBCO Vibrators, the importance of respect, and more. Tejas also interviewed Ron about HIS lean journey thus far. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Tejas (2:53) Tejas' background (3…
 
This week's guest is Billy Taylor. Formerly the Director of Manufacturing at Goodyear, Billy has an impressive amount of lean knowledge. From the value of diversity, to performance maps, to deliberate practice, you won't want to miss this one. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: Billy's f…
 
This week's guest is Jay Hodge. Ron and Jay discussed the confusion around the word gemba and how gemba relates to kaizen. Jay has worked at GM, Toyota, and Caterpillar, to name a few, so he shared what it's like to make these transitions. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote tha…
 
This week's guest is Adam Alamade. Adam works for a cochlear implant manufacturer and he described how they use continuous improvement. He and Ron also discussed dealing with resistance, owning problems, developing habits, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quotes that insp…
 
This week's guest is Steven Jackson. Steven shared some incredible stories that have clear parallels to continuous improvement. This episode really demonstrates the effect this kind of thinking can have on human lives, past, present, and future. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quo…
 
This week's guest is Jamie Parker. Ron and Jamie discussed the role and responsibilities of ops leaders, and the challenges they face. Jamie also explained why "implementing" lean might not be the best approach. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: About Jamie's podcast (4:23) The quote th…
 
This week's guest is Andrew Shapiro-Zysk. Andrew explained how lean is being used in the legal profession, including dealing with pushback. He and Ron also discussed the power of automation and avoiding automating waste. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Andrew (…
 
This week's guests are Sean Fields and Michael Sanders. Together with Ron they discussed the concept of quantum lean and how it can be used to streamline processes. They also explored how quantum lean compares to value stream mapping and other elements of lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'l…
 
This week's guest is Ryan Weiss. Ryan, a lean consultant, shared his approach to optimizing performance. He and Ron also discussed the modernization of TWI, and how different learning styles play a role. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Ryan (3:29) Ryan's backgr…
 
This week's guest is Michael Parent. Ron and Michael discussed the role of continuous improvement in HR and the challenges Michael faces. Michael also shared his take on applying these principles in untraditional contexts. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Michae…
 
This week's guest is Bruno Pesec. Ron and Bruno discussed innovation strategy, the intersection of respect for people and innovation, and how Bruno has been involved in gamifying lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Bruno (3:21) Bruno's background (5:54) How i…
 
This week's guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip reflected on the year thus far and on some of the different challenges COVID-19 has created. Skip also shared his take on dealing with confirmation biases. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: A disclaimer about COVID-19 (3:30) Skip's backgro…
 
This week's guest is Karen Friedenberg. Karen, who has a diverse career background, broke down all the different ways she approaches process improvement. From DMAIC to change management, this episode is full of practical knowledge. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspir…
 
This week's guest is Erlin Kakkanad. Erlin explained the differences between critical and creative thinking, stressing the specific powers of creative thinking. If you're looking for new ways to solve problems, this episode is for you. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that in…
 
This week's guest is Danny Bradford. Danny described the power of system and B2B integration, what goes into a successful integration, and how these concepts apply to different industries. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Danny (2:47) Danny's background (3:53) A…
 
This week's guest is Hugh Alley. Ron and Hugh discussed the five core skills to being a good leader and boss, how it all relates to TWI, Hugh's book, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: One of Hugh's favorite quotes (4:29) Hugh's background (6:17) The five skills to being an eff…
 
This week's guest is Adam Murfin. Adam described how he uses lean in fashion photography, including the pre and post-production stages. This episode is a great example of how versatile and universal lean really is. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote that inspires Adam (4:29) Th…
 
This week's guest is Katie Anderson. Ron and Katie discussed Katie's new book, the roles of a leader, joy versus happiness, and much more. Katie also shared some special stories about esteemed Toyota leaders like Isao Yoshino and John Shook. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote t…
 
This week's guest is Adam Lawrence. Ron and Adam talked all about 3P, including the steps involved and how it can be used for product innovation. Adam also shared a very interesting anecdote involving cat litter, corn flakes, and ceiling tiles. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quot…
 
This week's guest is Dewey Mauldin. Dewey, who works for Daimler Trucks, shared some of the experiences that have stuck with him over the years. Dewey specifically touches on takt time, purchase processes, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quotes that inspire Dewey (3:12) …
 
This week's guest is Aaron Davidson. Aaron explained how he and his team use lean in the hospitality industry, including some unique examples involving cleaning hotel rooms, gambling, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quotes that inspire Aaron (2:20) Aaron's background (3:…
 
This week's guest is Andrew Parris. Andrew, who works for an NGO called Medair, explained how continuous improvement can be used in a humanitarian context. The global component Andrew discusses proves how versatile these principles truly are. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.In this episode you'll learn: The quote …
 
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