At the end of the year, John Hunter does a great job of facilitating an annual roundup of business and lean blogs at Curious Cat Management. The roundup is a review of blogs by other bloggers. This year I have the honor of participating in the Blog Carnival Annual Roundup.
A blog that I discovered this year was Lean Blitz written by Chad Walters. Chad is a student of the Toyota Principles and he does a great job of explaining each principle in a separate blog post. Each post has an example of the principle that can be seen in everyday life. If you are not familiar with the Toyota Principles I would suggest checking out Chad’s posts on the all 14 Toyota Principles.
Chad uses his business background to write about lean in business like the overproduction Domino’s Pizza has in their stores with all the pre-built pizza boxes. He also points out how Domino’s can use standardized work toe fold the boxes in the most efficient way like the worker in the TV advertisement.
Chad also shows how the Toyota Principles can help small businesses in a practical way.
A unique perspective that Chad brings is his experience in working with professional sports teams and organizations. He does a great job of relating the Toyota Principles to happenings in the sporting world. The Miami Marlins inability to think long-term in order to achieve their goals is a fantastic post about Toyota Principle #1.
Being a very large St. Louis Cardinals fan, I really enjoyed the post about the filth at Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs). Chad uses data sited from studies and then relates it to having a good 5S program in place and using visual management. The morale increases everyone is happier. Is this the reason the Cubs can’t win?
Chad talks about other lean concepts such as long lead times and how sporting organizations are losing revenue due to long lead times. Texas A&M got off to a great start in football this past season and their quarterback, Johnny Manziel played well enough to be in the discussion as a Heisman finalist as the best college football player. The university had long lead times on the jerseys for Manziel and ended up leaving a lot of cash on the table and fans unhappy when they couldn’t get one.
Chad has created a unique blog at Lean Blitz. It is a fun and different way to demonstrate lean principles in action in any environment.