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92 Ratings
Average Ratings
78
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6
3
3

Very helpful

By WILCO_WATER - Feb 15 2017
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Listening to episodes now.

Great Show

By Gostarenergy - May 30 2014
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I see you do not have to be a ceo to get alot out of this podcast, thank you so much

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GA 147 | How to Succeed at Value Stream Mapping with Beau Keyte

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This week's guest is Beau Keyte, an author and performance improvement coach with an impressive background. Ron and Beau discussed both editions of The Complete Lean Enterprise, the evolution of Value Stream Mapping, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Beau (3:23)
Beau's background (5:01)
What drove Beau to write the first edition (7:25)
Why Beau wrote the second edition (10:16)
About engagement (1205)
What changes to Value Stream Mapping Beau has observed (14:41)
What Beau has learned that improves the concepts from a mechanical perspective (1818)
Examples of socialization (20:38)
The future of Value Stream Mapping according to Beau (25:14)
What "Respect for People" means to Beau (28:16)
The best advice Beau has ever received (30:17)
A project that failed and what Beau learned (32:06)
What Beau is most proud of as it relates to lean (33:29)
A book Beau enjoyed a few years back (34:28)
The knowledge or skill area Beau feels he needs to improve (35:40)
Beau's final words of wisdom (37:09)

Podcast Resources

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Beau on LinkedIn
The Complete Lean Enterprise: Second Edition

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What Do You Think?
What is your approach to Value Stream Mapping?

Jan 26 2017

40mins

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GA 173 | How to Use A3 Thinking with Katie Anderson

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This week's guest is Katie Anderson, a continuous improvement consultant and coach. Katie and Ron discussed Japanese culture and the versatility of A3 thinking. Katie also shared a "State of the Union" address on lean in the west. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Katie (3:38)
Katie's background (6:57)
What brought Katie to Japan (8:41)
The lessons Katie learned (10:18)
About an article Katie wrote (12:01)
What "intention" means to Katie (16:42)
Using A3 thinking (19:55)
Some examples (23:16)
A "State of the Union" on lean in the west (25:38)
What "Respect for People' means to Katie (31:28)
The best advice Katie has ever received (32:36)
What Katie is most proud of (34:24)
Katie's book recommendations (35:13)
The knowledge or skill area Katie wants to improve (36:10)
Katie's final words of wisdom (38:11)

Podcast Resources

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Katie's Planet Lean Article 
The Lean Strategy
Katie's Website
Katie's Bonus Content for GA Podcast Listeners
Katie on LinkedIn
Katie on Twitter

Join Us at AME Boston
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What Do You Think?

Have you ever used A3 thinking in a personal improvement context? How else can A3 thinking be used?

Jul 27 2017

42mins

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GA 159 | Lean and Profitability with Jim Lancaster

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Today's guest is Jim Lancaster, CEO of Lantech. Ron and Jim discussed Lantech's fascinating history and lean journey, including the obstacles they've faced over the years. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.
In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Jim (4:02)
Jim's background (4:49)
What it was like growing up at Lantech (8:24)
About Lantech's lean journey (11:54)
The role of profitability (14:13)
How the recession affected this management system (25:45)
Why Jim wrote his new book, The Work of Management (32:18)
What the title means (33:49)
Advice for reading the book (34:52)
What "Respect for People" means to Jim (36:41)
The best advice Jim has ever received (39:36)
A story about Jim's dad, Pat Lancaster (41:04)
What Jim is most proud of as it relates to lean (43:01)
Books that Jim recommends (44:53)
The knowledge or skill area Jim feels he needs to improve (46:05)

Podcast Resources

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The Work of Management
Lantech
Jim on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
What kind of role has profitability played in you and/or your organization's lean journey?

Apr 20 2017

48mins

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GA 193 | How to Leverage Pull Learning with Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards

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This week's guests are Steve Cole and Carl Sanders-Edwards. Steve and Carl explained pull learning, including what it means and why it's so effective. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

The quotes that inspire Steve and Carl (3:03)
Steve's background (4:17)
Carl's background (5:05)
What they're up to these days (6:58)
How pull learning works in a learning environment (9:10)
The framework (16:59)
Mistakes they have made (24:31)
The future of learning (28:11)
What "Respect for People" means to them (32:22)
The best advice they have ever received (34:39)
What they're most proud of (35:09)
The books they recommend (38:33)
Final words of wisdom (39:53)

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The Work of Management
Sapiens
Adeption
Isaac Asimov Interview
Jumpshift
The DIY Approach
Carl on LinkedIn
Steve on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on the "pull" approach to learning?

Dec 14 2017

42mins

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GA 225 | How to Create a Strategy Execution Plan with David Asher

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This week's guest is our new Director of Certification & Coaching, David Asher. Ron and David talked about the importance of having a Strategy Execution Plan, among other things. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Dave's background (2:22)
The quote David likes (7:39)
Why we think about strategy (8:53)
David's approach (12:09)
The basic structure of the Strategy Execution Plan (15:36)
A successful example (19:09)
What they did differently (21:16)
What else to look out for (26:11)
What "Respect for People" means to David (28:32)
Why David wouldn't change anything (29:57)
Where the movement is headed (31:20)
Advice David has received (32:51)
What David is most proud of (34:01)

Podcast Resources

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David on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
What is your approach to Strategy Execution?

Jul 26 2018

36mins

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GA 239 | How to Determine Root Causes with Ron Pereira

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This week's episode includes a little bit of everything. Ron provided an update on a few exciting things we have in the works, discussed a book he's loving, and then explored the powerful concept of "5 Why." An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

A Gemba Academy update (1:37)
Atomic Habits (5:14)
The KataCon Summit (6:21)
About 5 Why (7:54)
An example of the power of 5 Why (12:09)
Why continuous improvement is difficult (19:23)

Podcast Resources

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Atomic Habits
KataCon5
GA 182 | How to Use the "5 Why" Method with Jon Miller

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What Do You Think?
What are your thoughts on the monuments case study?

Nov 01 2018

22mins

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GA 252 | Standard Work in the Office with Steve Ansuini

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This week's guest is Steve Ansuini. Steve discussed his time at Toyota, including how he implemented Standard Work and Job Instruction Breakdowns in the office. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

A quote that inspires Steve (1:51)
Steve's background (2:34)
The lean presets (5:29)
Steve's time at Toyota (9:10)
What Steve is up to these days (13:32)
Standard work for the office (14:31)
What they tried (19:57)
What problem he was trying to solve (24:53)
His goals for deploying this (26:55)
The relationship between the different documentation (30:23)
Using JR at Toyota (32:48)
How the initial pilots were received (36:14)
Some misconceptions about CI at Toyota (37:20)

Podcast Resources

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Steve on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
Have you used standard work in an office setting?

Jan 31 2019

43mins

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GA 208 | How to Define Lean, Success, and Strategy with Jon Miller and Michael Ballé

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This week's guests are Jon Miller and Michael Ballé. Together with Ron, they discussed the definitions of lean, success, and strategy, as well as using lean as a strategy for innovation and growth. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Defining strategy (2:10)
Defining success (4:07)
Defining lean (6:30)
Lean strategy for growth (18:42)
Examples of larger companies that use lean to innovate (26:52)
How those leaders would define success (28:50)
The four "Ds" and four "Fs" (33:10)
How companies use lean strategy (38:54)
Advice for managers (52:54)

Podcast Resources

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The Lean Strategy
Jon on LinkedIn
Michael on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?
How would you define lean, success, and/or strategy?

Mar 29 2018

58mins

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GA 192 | How to Use Visual Management with Julie Lushbough

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This week's guest is Julie Lushbough. Julie works for Hallmark and shared her lean journey with us, including her experience using visual management. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

A quote that inspires Julie (2:42)
Julie's background (3:59)
What Julie is working on (6:05)
Where Julie's lean journey started (9:06)
The problem she and her team are trying to solve with visual management (9:56)
How they started (13:20)
Using colors (14:40)
Some of the challenges involved (17:28)
How often they meet (20:46)
The results (22:05)
Julie's advice (24:09)
What "Respect for People" means to Julie (26:28)
The best advice Julie has ever received (28:24)
What Julie is most proud of as it relates to lean (29:33)
Final words of wisdom (32:01)

Podcast Resources

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Seth Godin's Blog
People  
Julie on LinkedIn

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What Do You Think?

How do you/have you use(d) visual management?

Dec 07 2017

34mins

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GA 245 | How to Coach Leaders to Coach Others with Jamie Parker

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This week's guest is Jamie Parker. Ron and Jamie talked about Jamie's career thus far, the importance of having an impact on others, and how to help leaders develop a team of problem solvers. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

One of Jamie's favorite quotes (3:07)
Jamie's background (4:32)
Jamie's leadership transition (6:16)
Internal coaching vs. consulting (12:06)
Jamie's advice (13:37)
About purpose and beliefs (16:40)
When leadership doesn't align with the workforce (17:47)
About problem solving (19:16)
The 5 Cs (21:13)
The importance of leaders being vulnerable (27:26)
The future of the lean movement (29:46)
How corporate environments will change (31:46)
What Jamie is up to (34:58)

Podcast Resources

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Jamie on LinkedIn
Process + Results Leadership Coaching 
The 5Cs: Free On-Demand Training
GA 041 | FedEx Office's Lean Journey with Jamie Parker 
GA 120 | How to Invest in People with Jamie Parker 
GA 149 | How to Teach TWI with Jamie Parker

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What Do You Think?
What qualities and/or approaches make a lean leader great?

Dec 13 2018

39mins

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GA 204 | How to Set the Stage for Your Lean Journey with Matt Kellett

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This week's guest is continuous improvement leader Matt Kellett. Matt and Ron discussed what needs to be in place in order to successfully start and sustain a lean journey. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Matt's background and what he's up to these days (1:58)
The quote that inspires Matt (3:29)
Teaching others to help themselves (5:27)
The elements that need to be in place to start your journey (9:21)
The balance of "push" versus "pull" (16:28)
The next step (19:25)
What approach they use (21:19)
How they determine the scope (24:16)
Connecting with individual team members (27:24)
One of Matt's failures (31:50)
How Matt manages his own lean journey (38:31)
An area of lean Matt struggles with (42:33)
Matt's final words of wisdom (48:15)

Podcast Resources

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Matt on LinkedIn
Matt's Email
Matt's Website 

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What Do You Think?
How would you approach a brand new lean initiative?

Mar 01 2018

50mins

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GA 261 | Building the Habit of Excellence with James Clear

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This week's guest is James Clear. Author of the bestseller Atomic Habits, James shared a wealth of knowledge with us regarding the different kinds of habits, how they form, and how we can successfully change our behavior. A written transcript of this episode is available for download here. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

A quote about the importance of habits (3:43)
James' background in athletics, science, business, and psychology (4:45)
Why James is passionate about identity-based habits (8:02)
How sports teaches excellence (15:55)
An exercise he does (18:03)
The four stages of habit formation (18:52)
An example (21:58)
Why he added the "Craving" stage (23:37)
The first law of behavior change, "Making It Obvious" (27:34)
About habit stacking (30:11)
The second law of behavior change, "Making It Attractive" (32:52)
The true power of dopamine (35:40)
Breaking a bad habit (39:59)
The third law of behavior change, "Making It Easy" (44:44)
Using the reverse for breaking bad habits (47:01)
The fourth law of behavior change, "Making It Satisfying" (49:12)
The social reinforcement of habits (54:36)
The downside of creating good habits (56:25)

Podcast Resources

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Atomic Habits
James' Website

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What Do You Think?
How do you go about developing good habits or breaking bad ones?

Apr 04 2019

1hr 1min

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GA 221 | How to Think Scientifically with Stephen Derksen

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This week's guest is Stephen Derksen. Ron and Stephen discussed Toyota Kata and learning how to think in a scientific manner. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Stephen's background (2:44)
About Barkman Concrete (5:03)
Lean in Canada (5:39)
Barkman's CI journey (7:41)
What CME is and how they've helped (11:16)
How they discovered Toyota Kata (12:35)
Their first experiment (16:49)
The progress they made (19:34)
The Dreyfus model (21:13)
Where they are today (23:18)
How their leadership style has changed (25:40)
The connection to the backwards bicycle (31:56)
Some of the lessons he's learned (34:48)
Advice he would give his younger self (36:44)
Who Stephen would shadow (37:58)
What Stephen is most proud of (39:09)
Stephen's final words of wisdom (40:07)

Podcast Resources

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Stephen on LinkedIn 
The Backwards Bicycle
Barkman Concrete

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What Do You Think?
Do you use scientific thinking? How?

Jun 28 2018

42mins

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GA 181 | How to Start Your Lean Journey with Steve Kane

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This week's guest is our Director of Customer Success, Steve Kane. Steve and Ron discussed the best mindsets and approaches for beginning a lean journey. They also covered some of the problems that may arise. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

Issues at the start of a lean journey (6:26)
The importance of the basics (11:25)
What to focus on after establishing your "Why?" (12:10)
The dangers of "boiling the ocean" (16:12)
Being prepared for the effort involved in a transformation (19:19)
The most common problems (23:14)
Steve's final thoughts (27:57)

Podcast Resources

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Steve on LinkedIn
Contact Us 

Join Us at AME Boston
The 2017 International AME Conference is taking place in Boston from October 9th to the 13th. Come meet the Gemba Academy team and experience the world's largest lean and continuous improvement conference. Use promo code Gemba10 to receive 10% off your registration. Learn more here.

We're also having our annual AME cocktail party, and this year the location is pretty spectacular. RSVP here.
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What Do You Think?

What other problems can arise at the start of a lean journey?

Sep 21 2017

33mins

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GA 233 | How to Develop a Strong Lean Culture with Raye Wentworth

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This week we're sharing another powerful keynote from the 2018 Lean Systems Summit, this time by Raye Wentworth. Raye has been with New Balance for 34 years, and she shared how the company has developed their lean culture. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

About New Balance (2:09)
Raye's background (4:21)
Why lean is all about the people (9:37)
Their results (14:30)
Where success comes from (16:19)
Why lean tools can be used anywhere (19:52)
About respect (25:03)
Engaging associates (27:41)
When people can't get on board (31:49)
The role of leadership (34:45)

Podcast Resources

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AME San Diego 2018
Join us in San Diego from October 29th to November 1st for the 2018 International AME Conference. From incredible keynote speakers, to small group discussions, to simply networking with other continuous improvement practitioners, this is truly a powerful conference you won't want to miss.

Use promo code "Gemba10" for 10% off your registration. Learn more here.

Join us for our annual cocktail party at Sally's Fish House & Bar on Tuesday, October 30th. RSVP here.
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What Do You Think?
How else do you foster a culture of lean within an organization?

Sep 20 2018

37mins

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GA 229 | How to Run a Sustainable Organization with Dale and Dan Crownover

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This week we're featuring some of the audio from our recent Gemba Academy Live! series at Texas Nameplate. Dale Crownover and his son Dan talked to Ron about their passion for sustainability and the concept of the "Triple Bottom Line." An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

About Texas Nameplate (2:47)
What the "Triple Bottom Line" is (5:10)
About Dale's father, the company's founder (6:36)
More about the company (9:40)
Their passion for sustainability (13:47)
Being a faith-based organization (19:23)

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Texas Nameplate
Texas Nameplate Gemba Academy Live! Series 
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AME San Diego 2018
Join us in San Diego from October 29th to November 1st for the 2018 International AME Conference. From incredible keynote speakers, to small group discussions, to simply networking with other continuous improvement practitioners, this is truly a powerful conference you won't want to miss.

Use promo code "Gemba10" for 10% off your registration. Learn more here.
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What Do You Think?
Does your organization practice sustainability? How?

Aug 23 2018

22mins

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GA 269 | Establishing a Standard Behavior with Skip Steward

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This week's guest is Skip Steward. Ron and Skip had a long conversation all about healthcare and the transformative powers of TWI, Toyota Kata, and more. An MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The two quotes that inspire Skip (3:31)
Why it's so hard to listen (4:37)
Skip's background and what he's up to these days (6:38)
Their evolution (8:34)
About the Job Instruction component of TWI (11:41)
The emotional nature of the journey (16:33)
Where they store their Job Instruction Breakdowns (24:39)
How they share (26:37)
Their journey with Toyota Kata (27:50)
How they use Strategic A3s (30:06)
Setting the target condition (33:19)
Writing obstacles (36:04)
Making Job Methods appropriate for healthcare (43:29)
How the "Eliminate" component works (46:41)
Skip's advice (51:49)
About Skip's new book (1:01:01)

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TWI, Kata, and Respect for People with Skip Steward and Brandon Brown
Getting the Right Things Done
Baptist Memorial on Youtube
Creating an Effective Management System: Integrating Policy Deployment, TWI, and Kata
Skip on LinkedIn

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What is the true value of TWI in your opinion?

May 30 2019

1hr 4mins

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GA 184 | How to Become a Better Problem Solver with Kelly Moore

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This week's guest is Kelly Moore, longtime friend and customer of Gemba Academy. Ron and Kelly discussed problem solving and all the different ways you can approach it, including Toyota Kata, PDCA, and more. An MP3 version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn:

The quote that inspires Kelly (3:49)
Kelly's background (5:14)
How Kelly approaches problem solving (7:10)
The tools Kelly has seen used (8:35)
Why people fall into the A3 template "trap" (12:34)
Kelly's journey with her organization (14:20)
What's next for Kelly (22:27)
Developing coaches (23:25)
How to set a challenge (24:58)
How to set a target condition (27:07)
Advice for being a better problem solver (29:59)
What "Respect for People" means to Kelly (33:57)
The best advice Kelly has ever received (35:44)
An approach that didn't turn out as expected (37:24)
Advice Kelly would give her younger self (38:48)
What Kelly is most proud of as it relates to lean (40:40)
Kelly's book recommendations (43:31)
The knowledge or skill area Kelly feels she needs to improve (47:32)
Final words of wisdom (49:15)

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Lead With Respect
Developing Lean Leaders at All Levels 
Operational Excellence in Your Office 

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What Do You Think?

How do you approach problem solving? What has and hasn't worked for you?

Oct 12 2017

50mins

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GA 290 | The Danger of Being Right with Thomas Frase

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This week’s guest is Thomas Frase. Ron and Thomas discussed why you should be careful being right, and some of the best ways to positively influence and connect with people. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Thomas (3:27)
  • Thomas’s background (4:14)
  • The breakout session Thomas recently led (6:52)
  • How “being right” can hurt your career (8:27)
  • Keeping your expertise in check (10:23)
  • A better approach (13:50)
  • Observing body language patterns (17:02)
  • Stressing benefits over features (19:10)
  • Empowering the workforce (26:06)

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How else can you keep expertise and “being right” in check?

Oct 24 2019

33mins

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GA 296 | Understanding Complexity with Nigel Thurlow

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This week’s guest is Nigel Thurlow, Chief of Agile at Toyota Connected. Nigel explained how Toyota uses agile, and why it’s so important for organizations to be able to understand complex problems and adapt to fast-changing conditions. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • About Nigel (2:34)
  • The roots of PDCA and empiricism (5:32)
  • Understanding complexity and teamwork (6:29)
  • Why organizational agility matters (9:10)
  • Designing the value stream (13:40)
  • How this thinking has been received at Toyota (15:22)
  • Nigel’s thoughts on Amazon (19:09)
  • His advice moving forward (20:28)

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From your perspective, how and why does organizational agility matter?

Dec 05 2019

24mins

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GA 295 | What’s New at LEI with Jean Cunningham

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This week’s guest is Jean Cunningham. Recorded at AME Chicago, Ron and Jean discussed what’s happening at LEI, some of Jean’s book recommendations, and more. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • A Lean Enterprise Institute update (1:59)
  • Lean in the food industry (4:34)
  • Creating more opportunities for storytelling (6:01)
  • Jean’s book recommendations (7:21)
  • The future role of audio (12:21)

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How can we drive innovation in lean?

Nov 28 2019

15mins

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GA 294 | Using Improv to Improve with Mary Lemmer

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This week’s guest is Mary Lemmer. Mary leveraged her unique background in improv comedy and entrepreneurship to create a fun and effective training methodology that has helped countless organizations overcome all kinds of obstacles. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • One of Mary’s favorite quotes (3:09)
  • Mary’s background (4:59)
  • About her LinkedIn photo (9:55)
  • Why improv feels like freedom (12:20)
  • Improv comedy and leadership (14:33)
  • About the process (18:19)
  • The role of empathy (24:12)
  • How personality types factor in (26:04)
  • Some of Mary’s favorite improv moments (30:20)
  • The “First Word Last Word” exercise (32:30)

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What Do You Think?

What about the successful use of improv in a business/leadership context do you find the most surprising? The least surprising?

Nov 21 2019

37mins

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GA 293 | Approaching the Certification Process with Craig Johnson

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This week’s guest is Craig Johnson. Ron and Craig discussed the learning and development realm of continuous improvement, as well as the pros and cons to various certification approaches. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quotes that inspire Craig (3:27)
  • Craig’s background (7:57)
  • How he got into learning and development (12:22)
  • Addressing the need for local, accessible training (14:56)
  • The role of practical application in the certification process (19:06)
  • The true power of continuous improvement (30:34)

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What Do You Think?

What are your thoughts on projects and certifications? What role do/should projects play, if any?

Nov 14 2019

36mins

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GA 292 | The Financial Impact of Continuous Improvement with Ron Pereira

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This week, Ron Pereira reflects on a blog post by fellow Gemba Academy Co-Founder Jon Miller. Ron reads the blog post, which centers on the financial benefits of continuous improvement, and then adds some thoughts of his own. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • Mistake #1: Not agreeing upfront on how to measure success (3:19)
  • Mistake #2: Improving the links but not the chain (4:34)
  • Mistake #3: Declaring victory too soon (5:58)
  • Mistake #4: Not making changes to supporting systems (6:41)
  • Mistake #5: Assuming that physical results will be visible as financial results (7:37)
  • The comment section (9:12)
  • Involving the financial controller early on (10:45)

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Which of the mistakes resonates with you the most?

Nov 07 2019

14mins

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GA 291 | Understanding Your Suppliers with Denise Meredith

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This week’s guest is Denise Meredith. Ron and Denise discussed everything from working with suppliers, to casket manufacturing, to automation. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Denise (2:34)
  • How Denise was introduced to continuous improvement (3:12)
  • What makes people good at continuous improvement (4:56)
  • Denise’s work with suppliers (8:44)
  • Meeting resistance (13:22)
  • An anecdote about caskets (16:38)
  • The impact of automation and the challenges involved (20:49)
  • Why TPM will become even more important (24:09)
  • Denise’s advice for those new to lean (24:53)

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What Do You Think?

Have you worked with a supplier before? What did you learn?

Oct 31 2019

29mins

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GA 290 | The Danger of Being Right with Thomas Frase

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This week’s guest is Thomas Frase. Ron and Thomas discussed why you should be careful being right, and some of the best ways to positively influence and connect with people. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Thomas (3:27)
  • Thomas’s background (4:14)
  • The breakout session Thomas recently led (6:52)
  • How “being right” can hurt your career (8:27)
  • Keeping your expertise in check (10:23)
  • A better approach (13:50)
  • Observing body language patterns (17:02)
  • Stressing benefits over features (19:10)
  • Empowering the workforce (26:06)

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How else can you keep expertise and “being right” in check?

Oct 24 2019

33mins

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GA 289 | Combining TWI and Process Behavior Analysis with Panos Efsta

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This week’s guest is Panos Efsta. Ron and Panos discussed how TWI and process behavior analysis can be integrated to create a powerful, holistic approach to continuous improvement. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Panos (3:13)
  • His background (3:55)
  • About the Job Methods component of TWI (6:04)
  • About process behavior charts (8:27)
  • How to pull it all together (12:52)
  • The voice of the process versus the voice of the customer (22:46)
  • The benefits of this integrated holistic approach (26:42)

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What are your thoughts on this combined approach? What’s unique about it?

Oct 17 2019

32mins

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GA 288 | Adapting to Industry 4.0 with Luke Mullins

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This week’s guest is Luke Mullins. Ron and Luke discussed the concept of Industry 4.0, including the challenges both current and future leaders may face as lean evolves. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The quote that inspires Luke (2:23)
  • The concept of Industry 4.0 (3:35)
  • Luke’s background (5:34)
  • About his company Volta (8:19)
  • The challengers leaders will be facing (9:09)
  • The types of leaders we should be developing (12:12)
  • The role of lean in Industry 4.0 (14:42)
  • Luke’s global take on the lean state of the union (23:21)

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What are your thoughts on Industry 4.0? Will lean ever become irrelevant?

Oct 10 2019

29mins

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GA 287 | The Wheel of Sustainability with Adam Lawrence

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This week’s guest is Adam Lawrence. Adam explained the Wheel of Sustainability model he developed to help individuals and organizations sustain their improvement efforts. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you’ll learn: 

  • The Shigeo Shingo quote that inspires Adam (2:25)
  • Adam’s background and what he’s up to these days (3:27)
  • Why Adam is so focused on sustainability (6:29)
  • Adam’s model and how he developed it (8:30)
  • A review of the steps (17:03)
  • How Adam teaches using this model (20:03)
  • The emotional side of lean (28:26)
  • Practical tips for sustaining lean (30:45)

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Which component of the model resonates with you the most?

Oct 03 2019

34mins

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GA 286 | Lean and Robotic Process Automation with Saif Arshad

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This week's guest is Saif Arshad. Saif works for S&P Global, and he shared how they use lean thinking to improve their processes. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Saif (2:15)
Saif's work with S&P Global (3:19)
Lean at S&P Global (6:53)
An example of a process they improved (9:56)
About RPA or Robotic Process Automation (12:17)
How it's transformed the way people work (16:35)
Their "lean before automation" mantra (17:31)
About process mining (20:39)
What the future looks like (22:42)
The objectives Saif stands by (28:45)

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What Do You Think?
What does "lean before automation" mean to you?

Sep 26 2019

33mins

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GA 285 | Learning Four Languages in One Year with Scott Young

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This week's guest is Ultralearning author Scott Young. Ron and Scott discussed the concept of ultralearning, and how Scott has used its principles to accomplish some truly impressive goals. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

Scott's background (2:29)
The MIT Challenge (7:09)
How it felt at the end (13:49)
Learning four languages in one year (18:07)
How Scott applied the nine principles (22:17)
About the Polgar sisters (32:14)
Scott's message for those looking to become better learners (37:03)

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Ultralearning 

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Have you heard of ultralearning before? How could it be applied to a lean journey?

Sep 19 2019

41mins

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GA 284 | Continuous Improvement in the Fast Food Industry with David Reid

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This week's guest is David Reid. David is a Principal Team Leader at Chick-fil-A, and he shared some of the many ways they've incorporated lean into their day-to-day operations.  A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quotes that inspire David (3:55)
Who Chick-fil-A is (5:20)
David's background (11:09)
Chick-fil-A's lean origin story (14:28)
How lean is being applied (17:15)
Their team facebook group (20:28)
The pull system for their lean training (24:01)
The sandbox concept (27:14)
A cool improvement example (31:51)
What David is excited about (37:01)

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What Do You Think?
What's the best way to get employees engaged in the improvement process? How do you collect and sort through their ideas?

Sep 12 2019

41mins

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GA 283 | Leveraging the Spirit of Learning with Ryan McCall

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This week's guest is Ryan McCall. Ryan shared some of what he's learned so far on his lean journey and got Ron to weigh in on some of the interpersonal issues that can arise when experimenting with new lean approaches. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Ryan (3:17)
Ryan's background and his introduction to lean (3:54)
What Ryan is currently working on (6:18)
Ryan's book recommendations (9:16)
His favorite part of the journey so far (11:29)
The obstacles Ryan has faced (12:26)
Balancing discipline, listening, and service (13:34)
Leveraging the spirit of learning and experimentation (18:20)
How to approach employees about new techniques (23:14)

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The Goal
The Gold Mine
Learning to See
2 Second Lean

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What's the most effective approach to convincing someone to try out a new tool or methodology?

Sep 05 2019

33mins

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GA 282 | Toyota Kata and Scientific Thinking with Mike Rother

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This week we're sharing a keynote by Mike Rother. Recorded at KataCon5, Mike stresses the value of scientific thinking and Toyota Kata, touching on specific tools like deliberate practice as well. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

What Toyota Kata is all about (1:32)
The research findings (4:01)
The four basic steps (7:55)
The power of scientific thinking (9:19)
The cross exercise (16:45)
Making the plan (23:06)
Acquiring this way of thinking (24:15)
Using deliberate practice (26:10)
Transforming your culture from a neuroscience perspective (30:36)
Starter kata (33:01)
The two errors they see with kata (35:28)

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Do you have any experience with Toyota Kata? What are your thoughts?

Aug 29 2019

41mins

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GA 281 | Building an Online Community of Practice with Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross

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This week our guests are Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross. Katie and Karyn explained how they've developed their K2C2 initiative, which seeks to build collaborative online communities of practice. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Katie and Karyn (2:39)
How communities of practice manifested in the past (4:53)
About K2C2 (5:44)
What they've learned and the best practices they suggest (6:26)
How many people should connect (9:19)
Having a good format (10:15)
The length of each session (11:34)
Their curriculum (12:54)
The challenges involved (15:48)
The difference between online communities and the AME consortia (19:01)
What has surprised them (23:22)
What they've learned from each other (25:23)
More about their online community (28:04)
Their individual projects (31:19)

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K2C2 Eventbrite 
Katie's Website
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Katie's Japan Study Trip
Karyn's Website
Karyn on LinkedIn
Love and Kindness Project Foundation 

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Do you belong to an online community of practice? Describe your experience.

Aug 22 2019

33mins

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GA 280 | The Values and Principles of Agile with Samuel Parra

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This week's guest is Samuel Parra. Ron and Samuel delved into all things Agile, including how it overlaps with lean. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Samuel (2:55)
How Samuel got into continuous improvement (4:37)
Samuel's elevator pitch for Agile (10:11)
How he discovered it (17:12)
The values of Agile (19:44)
The principles of Agile (28:45)
What lean concepts are applied in Agile (33:44)
How we can keep Agile and Industry 4.0 in mind (38:42)
Samuel's advice for using Agile (42:06)

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Are you familiar with Agile? How does it compare to other continuous improvement methodologies?

Aug 15 2019

48mins

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GA 279 | The Future of Lean with Olu Amodeni

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This week's guest is Olu Amodeni. Ron and Olu discussed the future of lean, including the roles robots and humans play in manufacturing. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Olu (4:12)
How Olu discovered lean (6:29)
About "Lean 2.0" (9:30)
Why people will always be needed (14:20)
The projects Olu has worked on (22:37)
The state of lean in the UK (27:17)
Olu's hopes for the future of lean (29:22)

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GA 152 | TWI, Kata, and Respect for People with Skip Steward and Brandon Brown
GA 269 | Establishing a Standard Behavior with Skip Steward
GA 273 | Lean as a Management System with Brandon Brown 
GA 275 | Leading vs. Serving with Sarah Tilkens 

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What are your thoughts on robots and artificial intelligence in manufacturing?

Aug 08 2019

36mins

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GA 278 | Concentrating on Your Mission with Mark Smeets

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This week's guest is Mark Smeets. Mark shared some of the lessons he's learned about lean over his career thus far, and how it's inspired him to make changes in his personal life. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The two quotes that resonate with Mark (3:16)
Mark's background (3:57)
How Mark got into lean (5:10)
The end result (14:31)
The main takeaway from Mark's story (15:39)
Mark's journey to better health (18:29)
An anecdote about his son (22:17)
What's next for Mark (26:50)

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GA 173 | How to Use A3 Thinking with Katie Anderson 
Lean Health by Paul Akers
Mark on LinkedIn 

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Have you ever found yourself in a work environment similar to Mark's? How did you deal with it?

Aug 01 2019

30mins

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GA 277 | Analyzing Gilbert’s Behavior Engineering Model with Randy Matusky

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This week's guest is Randy Matusky. Ron and Randy analyzed a change management model called Gilbert's Behavior Engineering Model, which addresses six different factors that influence human performance. A MP3 audio version of this episode is available for download here.

In this episode you'll learn: 

The quote that inspires Randy (1:52)
Randy's background (3:24)
About Gilbert's model (5:31)
Expectations and feedback (7:42)
Tools and resources (8:13)
Incentives (8:35)
Skills and knowledge (9:00)
Capacity or capability (9:25)
Motives (10:14)
Ron's thoughts on this model (13:05)
The relationship between incentives and motives (14:15)
The frequency of feedback (20:35)
The dangers of rewarding firefighting (22:05)
The tools and resources Ron recommends (29:20)

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Lean Whiskey

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What are your thoughts on Gilbert's Behavior Engineering Model?

Jul 25 2019

41mins

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