Hey, Ron, I could have used your help to “reduce my effort” way up here.

—Alan Bean, Astronaut, Apollo 12, the fourth man to walk on the moon

In 2017, while on a Lean Tour of Japanese manufacturing plants led by Paul A. Akers, founder and president of FastCap and author of the book 2 Second Lean, I realized that the Lean-driven continuous-improvement process I had developed in 2005 and had been using for 12 years to reduce changeover downtime on packing machines needed to be revealed to the world. I’d been holding on tightly to my ReducedEffort® Changeover process and making a good living teaching and implementing it at Fortune 500 companies throughout North America. But that trip to Japan inspired me. My objective in developing ...

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