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Management Improvement

Resources to help managers improve the management of their organizations.

Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog

Focused on Deming’s ideas, lean manufacturing (lean thinking), customer focus, systems thinking, leadership, Toyota Production System (TPS), innovation, six sigma and continual improvement.

The W. Edwards Deming Institute Blog

The aim of the The W. Edwards Deming Institute is to foster understanding of The Deming System of Profound Knowledge™ to advance commerce, prosperity and peace. The aim of the blog is to further the aim of the Institute.

Mark Graban's - a blog about Lean in hospitals, business, and our world

Mark Graban's blog about the "Lean" management methodology and philosophy, with posts focused on healthcare, manufacturing, startups, and other

The purpose of this blog is to find and share better ways to make things better.

Gemba is a Japanese word that means "actual place". In the kaizen philosophy, all improvement must be based on fact, and these facts are found only at the gemba – the actual workplace.


“Gemba walk” (lean thinking term) to go to the actual place where value is added + “walkabout” (Australian aborigine) a short period of wandering bush life engaged as an occasional interruption of regular work.

Manufacturing Leadership

by Bill Waddell

Lean Consulting - Six Sigma Consulting - Augusta GA -

We're two days removed from the dramatic Game 7 of the World Series, but we still aren't removed from the critical Game 7 decisions that had an impact on the San Francisco Giants winning by one run over the Kansas City Royals to take the crown.

Blog | The Karen Martin Group, Inc. | Profit Through Simplicity

Without those behaviors firmly in place, organizations produce varying degrees of self-inflicted chaos. The most common and destructive type of chaos is more commonly referred to "fire fighting." In many organizations, fire fighting has become such a normal behavior that, like a fish in water, they don't even realize that they've habituated chaos into their daily operations.

A Lean Journey

For my Facebook fans you already know about this great feature. But for those of you that are not connected to A Lean Journey on Facebook or Twitter I post daily a feature I call Lean Tips. It is meant to be advice, things I learned from experience, and some knowledge tidbits about Lean to help you along your journey.

How to implement "Lean Thinking" in a Business

Hello everyone, I'm very excited to share with you a live Podcast interview by the Gemba Academy w Ron Pereira. He interviewed Ernie Richardson (my husband) and myself about various aspects of lean, culture, TPS, usage of tools, our learning's from our Japanese trainers and much more!!

Matthew E. May advises senior executives and their teams on strategy, culture, and innovation through his firm, EDIT Innovation. Before launching EDIT, Matt spent eight years as an advisor to Toyota, which culminated in his first book, The Elegant Solution: Toyota's Formula for Mastering Innovation.


Deming was fond of saying, "By what method?" In other words, if you want to see performance improvements you need to have an actual method for achieving them. This means understanding the system and improving system conditions to help the workers deliver excellent performance.

Another example is companies that offer incentive pay to people for "hitting their numbers". This works great if you want short term results - people will definitely hit their numbers, but it may lead to long term complications.

Let's Grow Leaders

Real Leaders, Better Business

Learning is not compulsory, neither is survival. W Edwards Deming.

A web site about Lean leadership and Lean management.