Gauthier Duval

Gauthier Duval

Gauthier has over 18 years of experience with lean, mainly in the automotive, pharma and electronics industries, and leads the Lean Center of Excellence at Veryable. Prior to Veryable, Gauthier occupied Senior Consultant and Project Manager roles in consulting (Growtth consulting Europe and Simpler Consulting) and was Manager of Training Operations at Lean Alliance, where he developed the Lean Engineering “black belt” program. He trained over 100 Lean Black Belts in Europe, the Americas and Asia. He was responsible for the introduction of lean management systems at MacLean-Fogg (company-wide) as Executive Lean Advisor, and at Hillenbrand (Global Functions) as Sr. Director, Hillenbrand Operating Model. He has led over 160 kaizens in 14 countries and over 100 Value Stream Mapping workshops. Gauthier holds an MBA from the University of South Alabama and a DESCAF (Masters in Business Administration and Finance) from ESC Pau (France).

Recent posts by Gauthier Duval

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Economies of Scale Are Nice, But Rigidities of Scale?

By Gauthier Duval on Oct 20, 2022 3:32:49 PM

The effect of economies of scale is well-established and important for businesses. It is the principle behind the “learning curve effect” and the strategic value of gaining market share.

7 min read

How To Perform Root Cause Analysis With the “Five Times Why” Method

By Gauthier Duval on Sep 23, 2022 6:50:32 PM

In an earlier blog post, we said that defect prevention depended on understanding the root cause(s). Because this is such an important part of the problem-solving process, let’s explore it further.

Topics: Lean Thought Leadership
6 min read

How to Build Quality into Your Process

By Gauthier Duval on Sep 7, 2022 4:51:15 PM

Quality is a valid concern whether you’re using on-demand labor or not

Having on-demand labor at your fingertips is a great competitive advantage, but many businesses have questions about how bringing in new operators might affect quality. 

Topics: Lean Poka Yoke Error-Proofing
3 min read

Don't Call Yourself Lean If You Don't Use On-Demand Labor

By Gauthier Duval on Aug 10, 2022 1:25:27 PM

The current lean paradigm is about to drastically change, leading to an expansion of just-in-time. While leveling is a part of any lean production system, we need to see it for what it is: a countermeasure to rigidities that ends up being anti-lean. The gist of this article is that we now have a better solution.

Topics: Lean Methodology Lean Heijunka just-in-time
10 min read

Do People Really Hate Their Job? (And Can You Change That?)

By Gauthier Duval on Jul 19, 2022 10:08:48 AM

There is a lot of talk about how difficult it is for businesses to find and keep workers. Whether you call it “The Great Resignation” or another term, something is clearly happening. The sixty-four-thousand-dollar question is, “What’s driving this?”.

Topics: Workforce Innovation
4 min read

How to Reduce Transactional Complexity with Lean

By Gauthier Duval on Jun 22, 2022 9:50:52 AM

Have you ever wondered where all the overhead in your business is coming from? Transaction costs might be to blame, but luckily there are things you can do to minimize these. Lean methodology holds the keys to reducing the most readily addressable issues affecting transaction costs in your business.

4 min read

Additional Capacity vs Additional Inventory: Which is a Better Solution?

By Gauthier Duval on Jun 6, 2022 9:52:58 AM

You’ll sometimes hear inventory referred to as “crystallized capacity,” the idea being that when you have limited capacity, building inventory is a solution that helps you meet customer demand. The typical example is a seasonal business, like a manufacturer of skiing equipment. 

Topics: Lean Methodology Operational Excellence
6 min read

Is Piecework a Lean Tool?

By Gauthier Duval on May 5, 2022 3:30:00 PM

While piecework is not as common as it used to be, perhaps you’re wondering if it would work in your business. For Lean practitioners especially, it’s important to consider how this would impact the culture of your workplace. Will workers still function as teams? Will productivity change?

7 min read

Value Stream Mapping: Trap or Treasure?

By Gauthier Duval on Apr 21, 2022 4:08:29 PM

Value stream mapping seems like a cryptic artificial constraint to the outsider, but it can actually be a powerful tool for your business. If you get past seeing this as a documentation exercise and explore the possibilities it exposes for operational improvements, you’ll see how a value stream map is worth your time.

Topics: Lean Methodology
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The Six Ideals of the Toyota Production System

By Gauthier Duval on Apr 1, 2022 11:00:00 AM

Many people know about the two pillars of the Toyota Production System (TPS): just-in-time and jidoka, and they probably know the two principles of TPS – continuous improvement and respect for people.

Topics: Lean Methodology