Lean 911

Mark DeLuzio

The Lean 911 Podcast is where you'll have a voice directly from the gemba. Host, Mark DeLuzio, President and CEO of Lean Horizons Consulting and the principal architect of the Danaher Business System, relies on his three decades of lean successes as well as his failures to answer your most challenging questions regarding your lean transformation. read less
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Benchmarking and The Rubik’s Cube Through a Lean Lens
Mar 1 2023
Benchmarking and The Rubik’s Cube Through a Lean Lens
Mark DeLuzio takes a look at the world’s greatest “Speed Cuber,” Max Park, and analyzes the qualities that Max displays, which makes him the world’s greatest. Companies that wish to achieve world-class status would do themselves a favor if they simply observed Max Park, as there are many parallels worth noting. Transcript Mark DeLuzio: [00:00:00] Thanks for tuning into the Lean 9 1 1 Podcast where you’ll have a voice directly from the gemba. I will rely on my three decades of lean successes as well as my failures to answer your most challenging questions regarding your lean transformation. I’m your host, Mark DeLuzio, President and CEO of Lean Horizons Consulting, and the principal architect of the Danaher Business System.Mark DeLuzio: Looking forward to your questions. Now, let’s go to the gemba.Mark DeLuzio: Hi. On episode seven today, we’re gonna take you a little bit outside the realm of lean. Even though if you think about it, lean applies to everything. If you know how to look at it through the right lens. And I haven’t had an opportunity to look at lean through the lens of a Rubik’s cube. My grandson picked up the Rubik’s Cube last year.Mark DeLuzio: He was 12 years old. He just now turned 13. And he entered a Rubik’s Cube contest down in Tucson, Arizona back in December this past December, [00:01:00] 2022. And his record for the three by three by three rubrics cube is 12.5 seconds. And he might say, wow that’s incredible. And it is incredible cuz I’m still working on trying to get it done.Mark DeLuzio: But the world record is 3.47 seconds held by some guy in China. At this particular rubrics cube tournament in Tucson was the world record holder in 10 different rubric cube categories. His name is Max Park. As a matter of fact, Netflix did a documentary on Max Park called The Speed Cubers, and he is by far the world’s best, although right now he doesn’t hold.Mark DeLuzio: The three by three by three single world record. He’s about a second and a half off from that, and I’m sure that really bothers him, and it won’t surprise me anytime when I see he just beat that record. But anyway max Park holds 10 different world records. The four by four by four. The five by five by five.Mark DeLuzio: There’s a six by six by six. There’s a seven by [00:02:00] seven by seven. There’s even a three by three by three one handed. And he could do that basically in 6.2 seconds. So, you know, don’t even ask me how he does it, but the guy’s just absolutely amazing. Now, when I was at this two day tournament, I obviously went to see my grandson compete and it was a lot of fun.Mark DeLuzio: There were about 150 participants and of the 150 participants, max Park stood. Not only when he was competing, but when he was away from what they call the solve a solve is what they call a time trial of, you know, doing the Rubik’s Cube, actually assembling the Rubik’s cube. And there’s a whole protocol as to how they do it and a standard and all that.Mark DeLuzio: So it’s fair. And they all start off from the same spot and all that. But anyway, max. My, my grandson was like thrilled that he was gonna be there and he got his picture taken with him, he got his autograph and, you know, the guy is just truly special to be able to do [00:03:00] what he does with the Rivers Cube.Mark DeLuzio: Anyway max Park, all of his tournaments so far. He has 401 first place finishes, 27, second place finishes, and three seventh. Finishes, we wanna think about a gold, silver, and bronze star level. And that’s of December 2022. And so everybody was there, you know, kind of watching Max and you know, he’s a kind of like a cult hero in that Rubik’s cube space.Mark DeLuzio: But I couldn’t keep my eyes off the guy, not only when he was competing, but it’