Improve something today

0008: Knowing what's good

An episode of Improve something today

By Brian Kerr
Brief notes on practicing continuous improvement in a world that's just one damn thing after another. Transcripts available at
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0020: Bought and sold and bought again
Stories and what they do for us whether we like it or not. Discussed: No Thanks, a poem by Nven Mrgan; Contingency, Irony, and Solidarity by Richard Rorty; War Talk by Arundhati Roy.
October 9, 2019
0019: Begin again
What to do when you're clinging to piano tops and concepts. Stephen Mitchell's version of Lao-tzu's Tao Te Ching.
September 21, 2019
0018: Respect for people
Why respect for people is an important part of lean, and four starting points for determining how to do something with this idea. Slightly more detailed notes on the four starting points. More about motivation-hygiene theory.
April 18, 2019
0017: Throughput
Welcome back! Throughput, goodput, and making the most of it.
January 12, 2019
0016: Housekeeping
You gotta take care of yourself, so I'm taking a week to do just that. Also, 2 easy ways you can support this podcast after it returns from a 1 week break.
August 17, 2018
0015: Countermeasures
Looking for countermeasures instead of solutions.
August 16, 2018
0014: Movement and transportation
Revisiting the wastes of lean, and two particular types of waste.
August 15, 2018
0013: What is continuous improvement, anyways?
It's about getting good at small, reversible improvements. Over time folks will learn they no longer need to be scared of change, or even of failure.
August 14, 2018
0012: See one, do one, teach one
Learning and training when things are complicated.
August 13, 2018
0011: Book: Measures of Success, by Mark Graban
Get the book: A free sample chapter is also available at LeanPub:
August 3, 2018
0010: In which I split my pants
The job of facilitation and the value of facilitating with a partner.
August 2, 2018
0009: Finding what's bad
Waste! Defects • Overproduction • Waiting • Not using what people to give • Transportation • Inventory • Movement • Extra processing.
July 31, 2018
0008: Knowing what's good
If people can agree on what's good, the rest is details.
July 26, 2018
0007: Liberating structures
Nobody can make anything better alone. When you're working with other people, the time is ticking away according to one structure or another. Liberating structures online:
July 25, 2018
0006: A weird story about fax machines (updated)
Lay information and knowledge out as simply and concisely as possible, so you can get it out of your brain and into the world.
July 24, 2018
0005: Guessing
Guesses work best when it's OK for a guess to be wrong. Delany's tweet:
July 23, 2018
0004: Variation
How can you distinguish between typical variation in a process and an indication that something has changed? Book recommendation: "Understanding Variation" by Donald J. Wheeler.
July 20, 2018
0003: Standards
Setting standards and trying to perform to standard is a method. Better service, better outcomes, better relationships—that's the goal.
July 19, 2018
0002: What did you notice?
You matter and your ideas matter. Taking time to notice what's going on around you is where those ideas come from.
July 18, 2018
0001: Problems
Problems, solutions, and the problem with solutions.
July 17, 2018
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