Lean Bucket

Paul Akers shows his 2 Second Lean improvement for today…making a better home for the bucket and mop!

07.29.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, Lean, Lean Fastcap

How We Keep Our Team Positive?

Paul Akers quotes from Clarence Thomas about how to stay positive and to keep the FastCap team positive.
For more information on Clarence Thomas’ book My Grandfather’s Son: A Memoir go to Amazon. http://www.amazon.com/My-Grandfathers-Son-Clarence-Thomas/dp/006056556X/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8

07.24.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, Lean, Lean Fastcap

Lean Product Developement

Paul Akers discusses how we do product development at FastCap. Keys are passion and curiosity!!!

For more information on lean, visit 2 Second Lean.

2015 Global Lean Leadership Summit Hike

Paul Akers gives a taste of what we will see when we hike in the Cascades during the 2015 Global Lean Leadership Summit.

For more information on FastCap’s iPole Trekking, visit our website.

For more information on DJI’s Phantom 3, visit their website.

Lean Nuts and Bolts

Paul Akers shows us an all time favorite 2 Second Lean improvement made by Tyler. He organized the already organized nuts and bolts.

07.13.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, Lean, Lean Fastcap

Making a Lean Video “Paul is a Pig”

Paul Akers demonstrates how to make a lean video (called “Paul is a Pig”) using his iPhone 6 Plus and iMovie.

07.08.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, General, Lean, Lean Fastcap

How to Start Lean?

Question: We have taken on the 2SL journey tailored around FastCap version. I am one of our companies green belts and was hoping for some insight on how to come across to my peers on how to start 2SL journey in their own branches.

Paul’s Response: This is actually one of the easiest questions to answer. It is called “first pants then shoes sequence”. When we get dressed every morning we first put on our pants and then we put on our shoes. If we do it out of order, we will fail and we will be miserable and struggle.

You start lean by first “you getting really good at continuous improvement”. You will then become a magnet and everyone will be attracted to you and what you were trying to teaching. Lean will be much easy to explain and implement and you will have many people that will quickly want to join your team. The world loves excellence…think Michael Jordan!

On the other hand if you tell them they need to do it and you haven’t done it, you might as will put on your shoes on first and then put your pants on.

Credit for the analogy of pants then shoes goes to Matt Stodola from Excel Pacific builders. Matt is a highly accomplished builder and runs some of the best jobs I’ve ever seen. Matt also did a 30 second video with me last night, explaining that some people would rather not change they would prefer to keep hammering with a rock!

06.24.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, Lean, Lean Fastcap

What are the benefits of a standup desk?

Paul Akers explains why FastCap has chosen to use stand up desks at their facility. It is all part of the lean culture!

PLEASE NOTE: we do not force our staff to stand…they can request a chair that works well with their stand up desk.

To order an inexpensive stand up desk kit, go to this link.

2 Second Improvement (Russian and English)

Sometimes you need a diaper for your gun!

For more information on lean, visit 2 Second Lean.

06.05.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, Lean, Lean Fastcap

Verne Harnish Interview

Paul Akers sits down with Verne Harnish at FORTUNE Leadership Summit 2015.

05.26.15 | Categories: *Contains Videos, Lean, Lean Fastcap