Lean Whiskey Episode #10

by Jamie Flinchbaugh on 12-20-19

In Episode 10 of Lean Whiskey, Mark Graban and Jamie Flinchbaugh do their best to work through technology issues, as the Grinch clearly didn’t want us to record. We apologize if this affected the final product, but the show must go on.

The two whiskey enthusiasts select some whiskey they think goes well with the holidays, as we both prepare to share with others. Unfortunately, neither of our selections are easily acquired, so these selections might have been more for our tasting enjoyment more than good consumer advice. Mark also shares his experience of a visit to the Gemba at Kirin Distillery near Mount Fuji during a lean healthcare visit to Japan.

We share our thoughts on what makes a good indicator of a successful lean journey, prompted by Jon Miller’s belief that the existence of a good andon practice is such an indicator. We also talk about our year-end routines as we prepare to close-out 2019 and head into 2020. We also answer some fun holiday questions, and Mark admits to never having seen It’s a Wonderful Life or White Christmas. Please tell him what he’s missing!

Mark visited Kirin Distillery 
Jamie’s whiskey selection, the Kavalan Sherry Cast Single Cask
Mark’s whiskey selection, Booker’s Bluegill Creek small batch single cask
Jon Miller’s piece The Best Indicator of Lean Success, found in The Lean Mag through this link, or found at the Gemba Academy Blog
You can download the goal setting template that Jamie uses as an Excel file here
Movies White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life in one set
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