Apr 202017
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Agile Project Management with Kanban

Agile Project Management with Kanban presentation approximately one hour long.  Very good video.  Kanban is a scheduling system for just in time (JIT) and lean manufacturing.  Great video for anyone in supply chain or manufacturing.

Eric Brechner: “Agile Project Management with Kanban” | Talks at Google

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Kanban Quotes

  • “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I may remember, involve me and I’ll understand.” ~ Chinese Proverb
  • “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but habit.” ~ Aristotle
  • “A bad system will beat a good person every time”. ~ W. Edwards Deming
  • “Are you too busy for improvement? Frequently, I am rebuffed by people who say they are too busy and have no time for such activities. I make it a point to respond by telling people, look, you’ll stop being busy either when you die or when the company goes bankrupt.” ~ Shigeo Shingo
  • “There are three kinds of leaders. Those that tell you what to do. Those that allow you to do what you want. And Lean leaders that come down to the work and help you figure it out.” ~ John Shook
  • “Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord, find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.” ~ Albert Einstein
  • There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all. ~ Peter Drucker
  • “Many good American companies have respect for individuals, and practice Kaizen and other TPS (Toyota Production System) tools. But what is important is having all of the elements together as a system. It must be practiced every day in a very consistent manner–not in spurts–in a concrete way on the shop floor.” ~ Fujio Cho, President, Toyota Motor Corporation
  • “Today’s standardization…is the necessary foundation on which tomorrow’s improvements will be based. If you think “standardization” as the best you know today, but which is to be improved tomorrow – you get somewhere. But if you think of standards as confining, then progress stops.” ~ Henry Ford

Agile Project Management with Kanban


Mar 132016
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Continuous improvement is a key enabler of great companies. Toyota is a great company to research for this because there is a great deal of information out there. During my time with Walmart Logistics came to understand that continuous improvement is a mindset. It can be part of the company culture.

Use continuous improvement in your personal life as well.  The concepts discussed on Supply Chain Today can easily be used in your personal life as well.

  • “It is not necessary to change. Survival is not mandatory.” ~W. Edwards Deming
  • “Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. “ ~Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing…. layout, processes, and procedures.”  ~Tom Peters