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Test Your PDCA Thinking By Reading Your A3 Backwards
Pretty sure you've got a good A3, but want to test the logic of your thinking? Want some help coaching another person through their A3 thinking? Tracey Richardon shares her wisdom.
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Training to Develop and Implement Your Strategy at LEI in Cambridge, MA

Improvement Kata/Coaching Kata shows you how to achieve the goals by using systematic routines to continuously achieve short-term target conditions pointing in the right strategic direction. August 19-21, Cambridge, MA – at LEI.


18 Workshops, Covering 5 Lean Management Tracks: Concepts and Tools, People Capability, Problem Solving, Lean System Management, Process Improvement. Plus sessions on leadership and high-mix/low-volume manufacturing. September 16-19, 2014, Minneapolis, MN.

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Managing To Learn Improve as a Mentor

You'll be a better mentor after reading Managing to Learn, which simultaneously captures the thinking between a manager and a direct report as they work through the A3 learning process. A Shingo Research Award Winner.


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Knowledge Center

New Lean Case Study Page

We've arranged dozens of original lean management cases studies into 16 categories – including manufacturing, healthcare, logistics, job shops, government, privately held companies, you name it --  to help you find the examples you need faster and easier.

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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata

Kata Case Example - GKN Sinter Metals

This month's video is a case example of deploying the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata. Wayne Meyer illustrates GKN's application, explains how to get an organization to change and provides highly-useful lessons learned. Be sure to watch the final Q&A portion of the video for extra insights.

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John Shook
John Shook I'm a long-time fan of Brasilian futbol (or as some of us call it, soccer). This World Cup, I've been won over by the Mexican team. Why? Coach Miguel Herrera. Why? His passion is infectious. As a fan, I love it.Coaching, though, isn't just one thing.
Gemba Coach
What? My Pull System Is Supposed to Fail?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,We’ve given up on installing a pull system – every time we try, our on time delivery rate plummets, and we can’t let customer service suffer more than it already does. We’re doing a lot of A3 problem solving – isn’t that lean enough?
A3 Dojo
Don't Present Your A3: Share Your A3
A3 Coach Eric Ethington explains why he encourages people to share rather than present their A3s--and explains the reasons why this distinction helps foster productive teamwork and learning.
Engage With Other Lean Thinkers
No matter where you are in your lean journey the forums has something for you. Ask questions to your fellow peers and engage in meaningful conversations with those who are dealing with the same struggles that you are.
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Most of our 30+ workshops can be taught at your facility by our faculty of lean management professionals, who have years of experience implementing what they teach. Call 617-871-2900 for more information about tailoring on-site workshops to your specific needs.

“How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System”
Author and former ThedaCare SVP Kim Barnas describes how her team created a lean, stable management system that supported a culture of continuous improvement.