Author Archives: narvelltmann

About narvelltmann

Currently working first job out of college as a cost analyst for M.E. Burdette Co.

Leadership Starts with You

I’ve been really bad about blogging lately.  Please forgive me.  I’ve been busy learning about leadership, and how leaders lead in a Lean company.  There have been some big ah-ha moments for me, but perhaps the biggest idea to cross … Continue reading

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Plan the Work, Then Work the Plan

As the holidays are staring us directly in the face, I‘ve spent some time reflecting on how we go about doing our daily tasks.  This reflection comes from watching and listening as friends and family have discussed their holiday shopping.  … Continue reading

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Management Must Change

Wow!  Before I start, let me just say one thing.  I cannot believe that I am writing another blog promoting the concepts of Dr. W. Edwards Deming.  I once thought, largely based on what I have heard during my professional … Continue reading

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Value Stream Mapping is the Place to Start

Last month I wrote about understanding your process.  I should have written this blog first.  But as they say, Live and Learn! In the process improvement world, the basic goals are almost always the same: make the process better; reduce … Continue reading

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Do You Understand Your Processes?

One of the things I’ve learned about process improvement is that to change a process dramatically you must understand the process intimately.   You must understand the ins and outs; the ups and downs; what is good and what is bad.  … Continue reading

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Are You Measuring for Success or Just Measuring?

It has been a while since I sat down and discussed this issue, and based upon a conversation I had with one of our ministers at church yesterday this seems like a good time to put it on the table … Continue reading

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We Are All In This Together

I started to post an entry a couple of weeks ago about the importance of having “everyone on the bus”, to borrow a concept from Jim Collins, but I got side tracked by the EF5 tornado in Moore, Oklahoma.  And … Continue reading

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