TXM Consulting Director, Anthony Clyne, kicked off the 2012 AFL Season for St Kilda by tossing the coin at the start of their NAB Cup Pre-season game against Geelong. Anthony had the chance to talk to St Kilda Captain, Brendon Goddard and explain to him the finer points of Lean Manufacturing. Brendan was particularly interested in the seven wastes, and could see opportunities to reduce waiting times during AFL games by eliminating ad breaks and time wasting by umpires.
Anthony offered to facilitate a brief session on lean principles and particularly, the Four Rules of Toyota, in the team rooms before the game. Unfortunately new St Kilda Coach, Scott Watters turned down this offer, preferring to focus on football tactics and motivational talks instead.
Nevertheless Anthony greatly enjoyed the experience of tossing the coin to get the game underway and is looking forward to an exciting 2012 season (or would be looking forward to an exciting 2012 season if he didn’t follow St Kilda)