First Post of the Lean Is Good Blog

My name is Bruce Baker.  I have done stuff related to lean, continuous improvement, and six sigma since the late 90’s.  I have done these things in three different organizations, all large organizations ranging from $2 billion to $ 20 billion annual sales.  That tells you where I am coming from.  I look forward to reading comments.  I will be moderating them (at first anyway – because I have no idea what to expect.)  I hope you enjoy the blog.  You can read a little bit more about me here.

I would like to thank all the people on my blogroll.  I probably wouldn’t be giving this a try if I hadn’t gained huge amounts of knowledge from these people, some for several years now.  This is an attempt (might end up being a really bad one – we’ll see) to “pay forward” as Woody Hayes (and others) would have said (here and here).

I am doing this on the cheap (at wordpress for free to start).  Here are some of the other tools used in producing this blog:

  1. Ubuntu – a linux based OS.  It is free.  It will breath new life into your older, wheezy Windows machine.  I just upgraded to 9.10 (Karmic Koala).
  2. huddle – an on line collaboration website that I am using to develop post ideas with some people who I am trying to coerce, bully, blackmail, convince to post because they have important thoughts and ideas to share.
  3. FeedDemon – an RSS reader for my windows box that I will use to catch comments.  It will sync with Google Reader.
  4. Google Reader – an online RSS reader also to catch comments.
  5. Firefox – A free browser that I use on both my linux and Windows machines.  This is where I actually type and format this stuff.
  6. OpenOffice – the free and open productivity suite – a free and open source suite of programs that includes a word processor, a spreadsheet, a presentation program, a database, and more.

3 Responses

  1. Bruce it was good to hear from you. I am looking forward to the development of the blog. My function has migrated back to Qtech again so I am waging different battles. I have been asked to visit groups working with lean concepts to add my 2 cents from a remote position and it is facinating. Things that are so clear from a far are so muddled when it is in your face.

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