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July 10, 2013

Lean Glasses

by Lean Leaper
July 10, 2013 | Comments (20)

How has lean thinking changed your perspective on things?

 

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mike July 10, 2013
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How we should always be thinking....

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Sandeep June 01, 2018

There is no one way or preferred way to think...

 

For example:

Glass hall full- drink the other half

Glass half empty - add some whisky and drink it up

Glass half empty - fill it up

 

Growing sick of cliched examples....

 

Think .. just think how you would

Think in your interest, your org interest and your family interest

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Hollie Jensen July 10, 2013
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Every process has opportnity for improvement...which means, I am always thinking of how something could be better.  Thinking like this can get me in trouble sometimes as those around me feel "judged" or evaluated.  It's key to be careful how you share your perspective in a way that is helping to teach - asking questions.  I tend to want to say, "can't you see the waste in this glass?" vs. "why is their empty space in this glass?".  Always learning..

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JW Herman July 11, 2013
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This "joke" has been around quite awhile.   However, the last panel was usually an ENGINEER, not a "Lean Thinker". 

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Thomas August 19, 2013
Where is the difference, if it is a proper engineer? :-

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Jay July 11, 2013
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I will say that this is a perfect example of a Lean Thinkers. It shows clearly that the passion of a person has on him seeing things in different most positive angle. Also, for additional an Engineer can be trained to be a Lean Thinker, but not necessary all the engineers is a Lean Thinker.

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Amar peswani July 12, 2013
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This is the way the life also should be looked a

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Tony July 12, 2013

Being REALLY LEAN... My thoughts would be....

1. Why use a glass at all?

2. Why spend time time thinking about how empty your glass is... drink life and enjoy it!

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Irene Johansen July 15, 2013
I like your thinking Tony

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tabriz July 13, 2013
Excellent compariso

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Sam Becktel July 14, 2013

The Lean Practioner would ask the obvious question......


Why isn't this kanban properly labelled?

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Kristen July 16, 2013
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Or we should be asking "Why isn't the glass properly labeled to identify an abnormality in the inventory level?" :) Not as funny obviously

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Thomas Lattner August 18, 2013
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I like it very much, because it breaks the duality of optimism and pessimism. It provides a light-bulb moment :-)

But there is also something in it I do not like: a baseless judgement. In the third picture I'd prefer: "Why do they use a glass that is so big?"

Emagine: The size might be a result of a risk measure because the water is transported in it at high speed? Filling it more wouldn't deliver more water - making the glass smaller would not deliver that much water.

All we can do ist question the fact, don't we? (no harm meant of cause!)

Cheers Thomas

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Simon October 04, 2013
Maybe we should use a smaller glass with a cap or cover. ;)
Before making any judgement we should understand "why?"..


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Davin Lu September 12, 2013
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Simple but good illustration

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Matthieu October 04, 2013
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Nice one.

It shows that you have to put your "Lean glasses" to see the Lean in the glass.

;-)

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Victoria October 06, 2013
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I think is a very clever way of demostrating how does a lean thinker work!! Thanks for sharing!

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Dave October 07, 2013
Shouldn't the optimist say "we have spare capacity and the opportunity to make more money for the business"? Assuming its a profit based business of course

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marcus makaiwi May 08, 2014
A better question is whether operating at 50% good. 

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JOHN October 28, 2014
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I think the glass should be filled with Shipard Ale instead. Half full or half empty who'd give a hoot?  Down the hatch y'all

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