Lean Blog — 490: Continuous Improvement and the Need to Improve LESS – Lean Insights from Chad Bareither

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My guest for Episode #494 of the Lean Blog Interviews Podcast is Chad Bareither, the founder and principal consultant of Bareither Group Consulting. He brings a wealth of experience as a change agent in the corporate world, having worked with organizations that include several Fortune 500 companies.

He’s now the author of a new book, Improve LESS: The Focus and Align Framework for Sustainable Continuous Improvement.

Chad holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University, is a certified Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and has further honed his expertise with Master’s degrees in both Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Applied Statistics from Rutgers University.

In this episode, we discuss his experience in various industries where, of course, Lean is not about building cars. We also discuss his book, the “Focus and Align Framework,” and why trying to improve less can lead to greater results.

Questions, Notes, and Highlights:

  • What’s your Lean origin story?
  • Civilian role with the U.S. Army – working with the manufacturers / suppliers vs. internal Army processes?
  • Can’t copy and paste? “We don’t build cars”??
  • Becoming a consultant? Being an outsider vs. insider – what have you learned about that?
  • The story behind the book — why this book?
  • Tell us about the common problem statement and the current state — trying to do too many things, being too busy?
  • The “focus and align” framework?

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