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The Nominations Are In: Lean in TV & Movies

by Joshua Rapoza
October 11, 2013

The Nominations Are In: Lean in TV & Movies

by Joshua Rapoza
October 11, 2013 | Comments (6)

Before we jump into the who's been nominated list, let's take a moment to consider why are we doing this lean tv/film characters tournament at all.

One question I've often struggled with is whether or not Lean is common sense or counter intuitive. I've always erred on the common sense side, but I do see aspects of lean thinking and practice that at first glance seem counter intuitive. See what the community said when we asked them the same question here.

Before learning about Lean and joining LEI, I focused a lot of my efforts on showing my work as visually as possible, so that my team would know what we had to do and what was already in process. We would also document every step of our work to help train others, find ways to improve our speed, and identify mistakes.

I had no idea about Agile boards, Standard Work, or 5S. And I used to think 5S was just a symptom of someone with OCD. I had accidentally been thinking lean for years before knowing what it was. I'm sure there are thousands out there in the same boat.

That's why I wanted to try this experiment out. Where do we see Lean being practiced unintentionally? TV and film seemed like a good place to start. Everyone has a favorite TV show or movie, but have you looked at one of your favorite shows wearing your lean glasses?

So without further muda, check out the list of nominations for the Who's Lean in TV and Movies. The reasons for their nominations will be shared at the head to heads.

 

Character Show/Movie
Adrian Monk MONK
Al Borland Tool Time
Barney Barney
Batman Batman, Dark Knight
Bilbo Baggins Hobbit
Billy Bean Moneyball
Cathy Jamison The Big C
Charlie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Charlie Kinky Boots
Chuck Bartowski Chuck
Clifton Webb as Frank Gilbreth, Sr Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Coach Boone Remember the Titans
Coach Eric Taylor Friday Night Lights (TV)
Colombo Colombo
Daniel and Mr Miyagi The Karate Kid
Daryl Dixon The Walking Dead
Dexter Morgan Dexter
Doctor Who Doctor Who
Dr Temperance Brennan Bones
Gene Kranz Apollo 13
General George Patton Patton the Movie
Gromit Wallace & Gromit
Gregory House, M.D. House
Harold Crick Stranger than Fiction
Hercule Poirot Mystery Theatre/Poirot series
Honeychild Rider Dr. No
Hunt Stevenson Gung Ho
Indiana Jones Indiana Jones Movies
Jack Reacher Jack Reacher
Jack Webb Dragnet
Jake Sully Avatar
Jason Bourne Bourne Identity/Ultamatum/Supremecy
Jean-Luc Picard Star Trek - Next Generation
Jiro Jiro Dreams of Sushi
Juror #8 (Henry Fonda) 12 Angry Men
Kuwabatake Sanjuro Yojimbo
Kwai Chang Caine Kung Fu
Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS
Lieutenant Frank Columbo Columbo
MacGyver MacGyver
Mahatma Gandhi Gandhi
Micheal Westen Burn Notice
Mickey Trouble with the Curve
Mickey Goldmill Rocky
Miyagi Kesuke AKA Mr. Miyagi Karate Kid
Moe Howard The Three Stooges
Nanook Nanook of the North
Neo Matrix
Olivia Pope Scandal
Radar O'Reilly M*A*S*H
Raymond Babbitt Rainman
Rocky Balboa Rocky
Rod Tidwell Jerry McGuire
Rudy Reudiger Rudy
Sgt. Joe Friday Dragnet
Sheldon Cooper The Big Bang Theory
Sherlock Holmes Elementary
Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes & A Game of Shadows
Snoopy Peanuts
Spock Star Trek
Superman Superman (1971)
The Architect The Matrix
The Bobs Office Space
The Man with No Name A Fistful of Dollars
The Punisher, played by Tom Jane The Punisher (movie 2004)
The Soup Nazi Seinfeld
Thor Avengers
Tony Soprano Sopranos
Tony Stark Iron man
Tyler Durden Fight Club
Walter White Breaking Bad
Watson Elementary
Willy Wonka Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Yoda Star Wars
Zombie The Walking Dead

We will review this list and narrow it down a bit, perhaps separate the fictional and non-fictional characters. Then we'll build the tournament brackets and you can vote each week to determine each week's winner. This character will then move on to the next phase of the tournament.

I've really enjoyed reading your nominations. The reasoning behind each nomination was very compelling, and several were not on my radar. I hope you find some surprises as well. We are all very eager to let the games begin.

Please, share your thoughts on this experiment (and perhaps your thoughts on a character that didn't make it) in the comments section below.

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Charlie Payne October 14, 2013
Why is Spock listed 3 times?  Doesn't seem very lean.  :

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Joshua Rapoza October 15, 2013

You are not wrong there was an error. But please don't think lean is perfection, lean is the pursuit of perfection.

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daryl wirges October 17, 2013

Master Oogway (from Kunfu Panda) did not make the list?

why?


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why?

He so reminded me of some (not all) of the sensei that I have encountered from the Shingijutsu Group over my years doing kaizen

 

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Joshua Rapoza October 17, 2013
Sorry no one nominated him

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Mark scatoloni October 19, 2013
I think 2 reality shows that should have been included that demonstrate lean are Chef Ramsey's Kitchen Nightmares and the other (I don't recall the hosts name) is Bar Room Rescue. Both of these shows are very intrigueing to see the "changes" that occur in such a short period. Excellent shows!

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Joshua Rapoza October 21, 2013
I do not disagree, very good shows. However we were looking more at fictional characters as opposed to reality tv characters.  

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