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The 12 most useful lean things I happened across on Social Media in 2020 (#52)


A blog like this would usually be titled "Best of..." but I don't subscribe to the idea of "best" when it comes to knowledge transfer. It's tough to compare the benefits of person A picking up the right bit of knowledge at the right time to help them with their own situational conundrum, to person B's? I prefer the idea of "Most useful" seasoned with a dusting of stuff that has engaged my lean brain.


Here's 2020's "Most useful" according to me and, with three exceptions, I'll steer clear of Covid:


1) Award for explaining the polar opposite of "Respect for People" goes to this entry (July)


2) Most useful piece of visual teaching, (March) here


3) Favourite early coronavirus meme (April) - biting social commentary on supermarket hoarders combined with classic British toilet humour and a smear of 7 QC Tools


4) Most obvious thought I expressed on twitter that I should've had earlier (May): "I've been thinking about the least appreciated management job role in Manufacturing. Settled on Facilities Manager (“Department of complaints”). No one says 'good job' on the way out at night. Facilities people are the strings of the puppet show"


5) Most valuable podcast by a mile (most episodes, especially the one in the picture below). Substitute the word "rugby" for "lean" and it's all gold.



6) Most sobering factoid: courtesy of The Guardian back in February who reported our dubious feat of consuming north of 100 billions tonnes of material for the first time



7) Favourite article: goes to this one, by George Cave, about Lego and design thinking (August). This is a great article for product designers, machine manufacturers and any lean folks interested in designing strong visuals for correct use. Best thing I read last year https://www.designedbycave.co.uk/2020/LEGO-Interface-UX/



8) The best 28 minutes & 33 seconds I spent on youtube (August). Hidden away in Jun Nakamuro's timeline. Superb, the essence of TPS in action


9) Thought provoking alternative explanation of kaizen (October): from a Toyota Japan pal “to attach value to old things”


10) Trabant assembly video that most split the audience (December, courtesy of Florian Palatini): A reminder that we don't all see the same things, one person's waste is another person's craftsmanship until you examine the nature of the work. If you make stuff, watch this 3 minutes 4 seconds with your team to gauge their view of work.


11) Award for honest CEO reflection: goes to this piece by James Watt from Brewdog. Sure he's a canny self-publicist but hansei is hansei.

12) Timely reminder that capital pounds, dollars, yen, [insert currency here] are scarce, but thinking is free.


Thanks & Happy New Year

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