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Engrish @ Japanese Branding

On a recent trip to Japan I was bench marking at a supermarket with a behind the scenes tour and noticed some interesting brand names. This reminded me of a website a friend shared with me http://www.engrish.com this is a website containing some interesting English advertising in Japan and other places which bring a smile […]

Webinar “4+1: Embedding a Culture of Continuous Improvement”

Thanks to Professor Peter Hines for organising this series of webinars from key Lean experts from around the world. The first one is with my friend and colleague Chris Butterworth, talking about: Embedding a Culture of Continuous Improvement in Financial Services By Dr Morgan L Jones, Chris Butterworth and Brenton Harder Winner of the Shingo […]

Visual Management at the Restaurant

One of the fun things on our Japan Lean Experience tour was to sample some of the food and of course drink. On one particular evening we had a smaogasboard of delights and on the way out npticed some interesting and humourous signs. This one is self explanatory and a good call…they have beer, and […]

A Little Thanks Goes A Long Way

One of the things I saw when I was in Japan was a great example of how a simple behaviour of recognising the efforts of your co-workers had on boosting employee satisfaction. The organization we were visiting, Aeon Malls, had a system whereby every employee could raise and give a business card sized thank you […]

Postcard from Lockdown Take II

As we reach the end of lockdown, everyone is set to change gears a little as we get the country back to work, mostly. The “teddies in the garden” champion has continued to update his exhibition everyday and gets the top marks for artistic interpretation. Fishing teddies are permissible, as these guys went only as […]

5S Find III – World Production System

I have a third interesting document that was recently rediscovered from my 1995 “Kaizen Breakthrough” training, in Grand Rapids Michigan. I’ll break these down a bit as there are a few pages, but these started with a diagram of what we now know call the “House of Toyota” which has a real original feel to […]

Shingo Principle – Respect Every Individual II

Just recapping on an earlier explanation, what we learn from the Shingo Model, is that Ideal Results Require Ideal Behaviours. The Shingo principle, “Respect for Every Individual” sounds similar to a common lean phrase, “Respect for People“. However, it is different in the way that we should think of our employees as individuals. This encourages […]

5S Find – Notes on Mizusumashi 1995

Continuing the fortuitous find of my old notes taken from a two week lean study tour of the USA in July 1995, I present some hand typed notes on Mizusumashi. “Definition – Mizusumashi= ultra high frequency pulling and is the method of transportation, or the provider of such transportation used to collect and deliver things […]

Postcard from Lockdown

I’m not sure if anyone has noted the “Teddies in Windows” phenomenon, but I read this morning that 1-3 houses in NZ have joined in. Here are some of the offerings from my exercise route. I feel this panda may have done something wrong? or even does this serve warning to any child that misbehaves […]

Welcome to Lean Tomatoes

Welcome to my Blog! I’d like to share a bit more and my greatest passions, the first being my interests in all things Lean Thinking and the relentless pursuit of knowledge to share with others. The second being my love for gardening and in particular growing tomatoes. To cut a long story short, I started […]

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