086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

Kanban is a really cool concept in the Lean Manufacturing world that has crept its way into project management systems as well and can help your organization become more visible and stay ahead of issues.

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086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

085: Odes to the Office Volume 1

Today is Volume 1 of Odes to the Office, a compilation of each of these that I’ve created to far. Enjoy the following Odes:

  • Ode to the Sticky Note
  • Ode to the Coffee Brewer
  • Ode to the Zoom Meeting
  • Ode to White Out
  • Ode to Undo
  • Ode to Change
  • Ode to Automation
086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

084: J is for Just [ABC’s of EYB]

Some words have a way of limiting people and not letting them reach their full potential. JUST happens to be one of the kings in this realm. Today, we talk about how we often use just in wrong ways and how to try to counteract that and help our people and businesses thrive.

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086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

083: I is for Innovation [ABC’s of EYB]

What does innovation look like in your world? Where have you seen innovation done well or not so well? Let me know by shooting me an email at shawn@shawnwashburn.com   If you’ve been enjoying the podcast, consider telling a fellow entrepreneur or business leader about it. I appreciate you and would love to know any future topics you’d like me to cover or how I can help you and your business. Email me at shawn@shawnwashburn.com

086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

082: H is for Help [ABC’s of EYB]

There are a lot of hard things that we have to do in life. But asking for help might be one of the hardest. How can you create a culture where you can make it the norm to ask for and give help? Check out today’s episode for more.

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086: K is for Kanban [ABC’s of EYB]

081: G is for Gemba [ABC’s of EYB]

So you might be listening today just to find out what the heck a Gemba is. If that’s you, welcome to the show and I’m glad you’re here.

Gemba is a Japanese word that is used in Lean Manufacturing to basically mean the place where the work is getting done.

There are phrases like “gemba walks” and “go to the gemba” which are all about getting out of the office or conference room and physically going to where the issue is or the opportunity lies.

Now I’ll be honest. I don’t really care for the word or those phrases. Not because I don’t believe in the concepts (which I wholeheartedly do and that’s why we’re talking about it) but because early on the first times I heard them it kind of came across as condescending, almost lowering ourselves to venture out the the shop floor. I know that’s not what was meant, but it felt that way.

Anyway, back to Gemba.

I picked that for today’s episode because I think the concept is a real important one for any business and any problem solving endeavor especially.

The idea is that sometimes we can sit at our desk or in a room or talk over and over about something, maybe even with pictures, and find ourselves spinning our wheels or, even worse, going down the wrong path.

There is certainly a need for the desk and meeting work at times, but nothing takes the place of seeing the thing with your own eyes.

I’ve seen this several times just in the last week. And more often than not, there was something I was able to spot looking at it in person that I wouldn’t have even thought of if I was just sitting at my desk looking at a drawing.

I don’t know what your industry or product or service is, but look at it this way. Maybe for you, it could be the idea that you really need to put yourself in your customers’ shoes, almost as a stranger approaching your brand for the first time.

What do they encounter when they visit your website? Is it intuitive or confusing. Does it guide them where you want them to go? Why or why not? Spend some time checking it out.

Or maybe you’ve got quality issues with your product and you’re trying to find out where they originated. The more you can trace those steps in the process and identify potential issues the better. You can maybe do that remotely or walking through some document. But you will miss out on so much of what you’d observe if you were physically there watching it.

So, whatever issue your trying to solve or opportunity you’re trying to discuss, make sure you are devoting enough time to be where it’s created or to see from the customer’s side of things.

Let me know what this might look like for you. Shoot me an email at shawn@shawnwashburn.com

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