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Author: Brian Kerr

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Brief notes on practicing continuous improvement in a world that's just one damn thing after another. Transcripts available at http://improvesomething.today/podcast-transcripts/
24 Episodes
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0024: Options

0024: Options

2020-01-1300:04:32

The cost and joys of options. Why are options so important to us anyways? Discussed: set-based design and the book Lean Product Design and Process Development by Allen Ward and Durward Sobek.
0023: Bottlenecks

0023: Bottlenecks

2019-12-0500:06:41

You can't make an hourglass flow faster by yelling at the sand. Discussed: queuing, constraints, Little's Law.
Introducing my free field guide to finding waste in knowledge work and service work—and using the waste you find as an opportunity to start a practice of continuous improvement. Download the field guide here: improvesomething.today/field-guide.
0021: Not knowing

0021: Not knowing

2019-11-0600:06:08

The places where we don't know all the answers are where real improvements can happen. Discussed: Buddhism Without Beliefs by Stephen Batchelor; T. H. Huxley's agnosticism.
Stories and what they do for us whether we like it or not. Discussed: No Thanks, a poem by Nven Mrgan; Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard Rorty; War Talk by Arundhati Roy.
0019: Begin again

0019: Begin again

2019-09-2100:03:12

What to do when you're clinging to piano tops and concepts. Stephen Mitchell's version of Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching.
0018: Respect for people

0018: Respect for people

2019-04-1800:04:17

Why respect for people is an important part of lean, and four starting points for determining how to do something with this idea. Slightly more detailed notes on the four starting points. More about motivation-hygiene theory.
0017: Throughput

0017: Throughput

2019-01-1200:04:17

Welcome back! Throughput, goodput, and making the most of it.
0016: Housekeeping

0016: Housekeeping

2018-08-1700:01:31

You gotta take care of yourself, so I'm taking a week to do just that. Also, 2 easy ways you can support this podcast after it returns from a 1 week break.
0015: Countermeasures

0015: Countermeasures

2018-08-1600:03:31

Looking for countermeasures instead of solutions.
Revisiting the wastes of lean, and two particular types of waste.
It's about getting good at small, reversible improvements. Over time folks will learn they no longer need to be scared of change, or even of failure.
Learning and training when things are complicated.
Get the book: https://www.amazon.com/Measures-Success-React-Better-Improve-ebook/dp/B07DV8ZC4P/ A free sample chapter is also available at LeanPub: https://leanpub.com/measuresofsuccess
The job of facilitation and the value of facilitating with a partner.
0009: Finding what's bad

0009: Finding what's bad

2018-07-3100:03:29

Waste! Defects • Overproduction • Waiting • Not using what people to give • Transportation • Inventory • Movement • Extra processing.
0008: Knowing what's good

0008: Knowing what's good

2018-07-2600:02:43

If people can agree on what's good, the rest is details.
0007: Liberating structures

0007: Liberating structures

2018-07-2500:04:04

Nobody can make anything better alone. When you're working with other people, the time is ticking away according to one structure or another. Liberating structures online: http://www.liberatingstructures.com
Lay information and knowledge out as simply and concisely as possible, so you can get it out of your brain and into the world.
0005: Guessing

0005: Guessing

2018-07-2300:02:54

Guesses work best when it's OK for a guess to be wrong. Delany's tweet: https://twitter.com/DelanyBisbee/status/1020427472209432576
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