4 Essential Lean Manufacturing Podcasts for 2020

Jessica Clifton

by Jessica Clifton

24th June 2020

You may have read our recent blog post on the best science podcasts to listen to in 2020 to can boost your science knowledge, where we presented a mix of funny, educational and quirky science podcasts.

Today, we’re looking at the best lean manufacturing podcast episodes. Manufacturing is what we do at ReAgent, and we adopt a lean culture so we can always improve the way we do things – this leads to the reduction of wasted time and financial costs and means our service is always as good as it can be for our customers.

Whether you’re new to lean manufacturing or would just like to gain a deeper understanding, we picked some great episodes from some of the best lean manufacturing podcasts. The podcasts are listed here for lean tips and documents of personal lean experiences from experts.

The principles of lean manufacturing

The principles of lean manufacturing

1. Value Stream Mapping

Today’s Lean Manufacturing is a website dedicated to producing weekly interviews with authors and thought leaders around America, in order to build a lean manufacturing podcast. Although podcasts are not actually posted that regularly, we found this a worthwhile and informative episode.

This episode is an interview with Karen Martin, who provides information and solutions for manufacturing organisations by speaking about Value Stream Mapping.

Value Stream Mapping is a lean management method for analysing the current state of a manufacturing facility and designing a future state. It’s carried out with the purpose of improving layout and productivity and is a method that was used by ReAgent to plan our factory re-fit.

Play time: 16:59

2. Identifying Cost Savings That Save Manufacturing Jobs

Manufacturing Happy Hour aims to make “manufacturing current, cool, and approachable.” Host Chris Luecke sits down each with with leaders in the manufacturing and tech industries to discuss everything from education to entrepreneurship, transitioning economies and company culture.

In the episode “Identifying Cost Savings that Save Jobs“, Chris talks to CEO Josh Fox about the performance-based business model he uses.

They discuss how Josh’s company partners with their clients to reduce costs by auditing for refunds and negotiating future savings.

Play time: 45:20

3. Engaging Employees in Kaizen

Lean Blog is a blogging site that was set up in 2005 to host news and discussion about lean. The blog began with a focus on lean management in the manufacturing world, but has evolved to focus on lean in healthcare.

In this episode, George Friesen, a Lean Manufacturing Consultant, gives his view.

George discusses what’s vital in a lean transformation and gives tips on how to engage employees in kaizen. Kaizen should involve employees at all levels, so they’re invited to input their ideas on the areas a company can adopt lean. For this reason, it’s important that employees understand the benefits of kaizen.

Play time: 33:39


Engage employees in Kaizen so they can let you know about areas that could be improved

4. The Lean CEO

The following episode is from Stitcher, which isn’t necessarily a manufacturing blog. Stitcher streams news and entertainment, and features over25,000 radio shows and podcasts.

This lean manufacturing podcast shows an interview with an author.

The guest being interviewed is Jacob Stoller, author of ‘The Lean CEO’. Jacob travelled around the world and interviewed CEO’s from 28 different countries, to get a sufficient number of viewpoints for his book. As well as insight into what the CEO’s thought about lean, the podcast discusses kaizen culture and Jacob’s own productivity habit.

Play time: 29:26

Hopefully this list of podcasts has been useful. We have just picked out key lean episodes but there are other manufacturing topics covered within the podcasts!


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