Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births

Check out this New York Times article by Donald G. McNeil, Jr., about how an Argentine car mechanic adapted a method to retrieve a cork from a wine bottle to develop a device that could be used to save a baby stuck in the birth canal.

We reviewed this in our morning meeting.

11.20.13 | Categories: Lean News

2nd Annual Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference

A couple of pictures of Paul Akers speaking at the 2nd Annual Washington State Government Lean Transformation Conference in Tacoma last week!

10.24.13 | Categories: Lean News

Forbes: What Every Marketer Can Learn By Going Lean


Paul, the “renaissance man”! Check out this article in Forbes

10.12.13 | Categories: Lean News

Morning Meeting Visitor

Paul – GREAT meeting this morning, thank you for letting me be a part of your team for a bit. Most enjoyable items for me were:

  • Cleaning!
  • Openness in looking for problems, asking why 5 times and getting to the root problem, and how to improve.
  • Going through the 8 wastes using real life scenarios.
  • Being aware of your surroundings (zebras and crocs – what a brutal, but motivating video).

A fun saying that goes with survival:

“Each day, a gazelle wakes up knowing he must outrun the fastest lion to survive. Each day the lion wakes up and knows he must outrun the slowest gazelle to survive. For us, that means every day, when the sun comes up, we better be running!”

You have an awesome culture there, open, honest, hardworking, not afraid, humble, and ready to work. Simply, put, you have an AWESOME team there!

The best is yet to come!

Fred Kennedy
General Manager
Pioneer Post Frame Inc

09.13.13 | Categories: Lean News

Viking Academy


Just letting you know that I appreciate the email updates and links to the American Innovator. Also, I have no problem helping out people in our region that may reach out to you looking for some words of encouragement or knowledge / experience sharing.

Things are going well here. We just graduated our 3rd class of Viking Academy. These folks received some more targeted training in 2 second lean and cultural change to augment what is shared at our drumbeats. It’s a rewarding process. Lots of hard work, but rewarding. The group that recently graduated includes operators, material handlers, mold setup, customer service, program management, and our operations manager. It was a diverse group and allowed us to break down barriers between departments and through levels within the organization.

Have a great weekend. Travel safely.
Viking Plastics

09.12.13 | Categories: Lean News

Cheesecake Factory

We watched this in FastCap’s morning meeting. Great innovative company!

08.28.13 | Categories: Lean News

Cable Organization

Dave West of Meadowview Construction, shows us yet another creative use for FastCap products: Holey FastWrap;
FastcapsLong Nose Marker.

07.09.13 | Categories: FastCap Products, Lean News

8 spectacular infrastructure projects

We are living as history is being made…watched this during our morning meeting! (click here or on image to see all the images and read the article!)


07.09.13 | Categories: Lean News

3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands

We watched this during our morning meeting. So cool!

07.08.13 | Categories: Lean News

Brian Way’s Tricked Out Truck

Check out this Tools of the Trade blog post about Brian Way’s Tricked Out Truck.  You might remember we featured this truck on The American Innovator.  So cool!