Blog Carnival Annual Roundup: 2010 – A Lean Journey

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on December 22, 2010 · 1 comment

This is the 3rd part of my Annual Roundups of lean blogs as part of John Hunter’s program. Monday I reviewed the Curious Cat Management Improvement blog. Yesterday I reviewed Lean Reflections. Today I review Tim McMahon’s A Lean Journey.


I recently had the change to meet Tim, and hear him speak at the CONNSTEP Annual Conference where I was delivering a keynote address.


Tim is a lean practitioner, working inside a company to drive change each and every day. His posts are generally application oriented but also have some interesting twists like his Friday Quotes series. Tim is also quite versatile at including video clips from other sources on the web.

An example of the application-orientation would be Personal Kanban Kaizen , a post where Tim shared his own experience with applying this tried-and-true method to his own work. I love how he’s sharing his own efforts to improve his own work – a great example of being a role model.

On the more theoretical side, there is Think Systems to Avoid Pitfalls in Lean Management . This is a review and connection to 11 systems laws from Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline. I was involved with the organizational learning movement, and consider it an essential element of lean. And I believe systems thinking is a key still to being a lean thinker.

In the short post The “Hot Stove” Rule of Discipline , keys to making discipline effective are made through the parallel of the hot stove.

A consistent thread of Tim’s blog is his Friday series of Lean Quotes. In this series he takes quotes by people outside the lean world and relates them to lean lessons. You can see the full line of Lean Quotes here.

Returning to the practical side, 10 Things to Avoid During a Kaizen offers a good checklist for any new kaizen event facilitator. You can learn these things the hard way, or get a head-start with these tips. Further facilitation tips come on the topic of Brainstorming , including the use of the effect-impact chart that we use quite a bit. And more good practical application advice comes on the topic of Quick Changeovers.

I hope you’ll check out Tim’s blog, comment, and repeat.

You can also find Tim on Twitter or Facebook.

Who are your favorite lean bloggers? And just as important, why?

1 Karen Wilhelm December 22, 2010 at 11:21 am

Tim has become a friend and a valued partner on the AME Social Media Council. It has been good to know such a lean thinker, and he speaks from experience, from his work taking lean to his company’s diverse plants to his action in New England with the Shingo Prize there and his volunteerism on the AME NE Board of Directors.

He always has an insight. I recommend following him in Twitter to keep up with his latest thoughts. (Follow Jamie too!)

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