Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 2)
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Lean Six Sigma for Good: Lessons from the Gemba (Volume 2)

Real-life stories and experiences written by Lean and Six Sigma volunteers working with not-for-profit organizations

About the Book

After writing the first book about why Lean and Six Sigma practitioners should volunteer their skills to help nonprofits (free to download), I wanted to give more tangible and real-life examples of how these tools and techniques can be applied.

I've reached out to friends and colleagues who are already volunteering their time, and asked them to write a chapter for the 2nd volume, called "Lessons Learned from the Gemba." Check out Volume 1 of this book series.

This book will continue to grow, as more and more volunteers share their experiences. We will update the book with each new chapter released (one piece flow), instead of waiting for all the chapters to be completed (batch).

Each author has agreed to donate 100% of any donations or book proceeds to the nonprofit of their choice. The proceeds will be split evenly based on when the book was sold, and how many chapters were in the book. If you know someone who would like to contribute, please have them contact us at LeanSixSigmaForGood.com

When you purchase the book, you will get all the new chapters (at least 8 total) for free, so you are encouraged to buy now. The cost of the book will go up with each release, until it reaches around $20.

Listen to a podcast about one of the first chapters from TRU Thrift Shop in Boulder, Colorado.

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Brion Hurley
Brion Hurley

Brion is the founder and owner of Business Performance Improvement (BPI), a consulting firm in Portland, Oregon. His mission is to help businesses and organizations achieve “triple bottom line” performance using Lean and Six Sigma.

For 18 years, he was a Principal Lean Six Sigma Consultant at Rockwell Collins (aerospace manufacturer) in Wilsonville, Oregon. He is certified as a Master Black Belt, Lean Master, and has numerous sustainability certifications. He was hired in 1999, and has worked out of 3 different facilities: Cedar Rapids (Iowa), Melbourne (Florida) and Wilsonville (Oregon). He has a bachelor’s degree in Statistics, a master’s degree in Quality Management and Productivity, and lettered four years in football as a placekicker and punter at the University of Iowa. 

In his free time, he helps nonprofits implement Lean and Six Sigma. 

He is also a member of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Sustainable Development division, which is working to bring sustainability to the engineering field. They have conducted a community service project with nonprofits at the IISE Annual Conference every year since 2013. 

He was the former President of Recycling Advocates (now called Waste-free Advocates), a nonprofit organization in Portland that is focused on reuse and zero waste initiatives.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Joe Wojniak and Lynn McCullough: Improving Thrift Shop Donations
  • Tim Turner: Helping Others By Following The Toyota Way
  • Douglas Cooper: Lessons from Liberia - Standard Work as the Foundation for Lean Practices
  • Anita Havemann: Reducing Time and Complexity in Nonprofit Accounting
  • Steve Bell: Simple Framework for Complex Problems
  • Elisabeth Swan: Leaning into the Mission of Childcare
  • Tracy O’Rourke: Increasing Meals Per Hour with Kitchens for Good
  • Joy Mason: Using Six Sigma to Address Racial Equity
  • Resources and Next Steps
  • Notes

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