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NEW! Managing Kaizen Events. May 1-2, 2014: Get critical insights into what must happen before, during, and after a kaizen event to make the gains stick. Learn more »


Transformational Leadership: An Experiential Program for Lean Leaders, May 7-9, 2014: Simulations help you learn and practice new leadership behaviors that support a culture of continuous improvement. Learn more »

The Lean Post NEW!The Lean Post
Short Stories and Quick Kaizens
Lean coach Danielle Blais continues to see opportunities for lean thinking just about everywhere she goes.
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Lean Events Lean Events
Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit

SummitAt the 5th annual Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, we'll focus on 3 keys to healthcare transformation: redesigning delivery, data transparency, and payment reform.

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Lean Bookstore

Gemba Walks 2Expanded & Updated! Gemba Walks, second edition

A discussion of lean-shoring, off-shoring, and re-shoring is one of 12 new essays by Jim Womack in this expanded edition. You'll be surprised as well as informed by Jim's insights into the role of lean in business, healthcare, the economy, and other areas.


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Knowledge Center

A "Golden Triangle" to Sustain Your Lean Business System


When medical device maker Phase 2 fought off an overseas challenge by meeting the global price, margins took a big hit. But with help from a key customer, the company rebuilt margins by lifting its lean operating system to a higher level and keeping it there with a "golden triangle" of sustainability.


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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata
Top 10 Toyota Kata Lessons Learned

By reflecting on our experiences even more than on the improvements we make, we can help others as they travel their own paths. You will undoubtedly learn something from the ten Kata lessons learned presented in this month's IK/CK SlideShare by Michael Lombard.

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John Shook
Transforming Transformation
John Shook We are all trying to transform. That's what lean thinking and practice are all about: challenging us to reflect deeply on how we can improve this situation, improve my organization, or improve myself (and of course, all three.) Each of us knows from experience that this work is never easy. Whether you are toiling at the gemba, struggling with your mid-level team, or fighting to transform your organization, this is tough work.
Gemba Coach
Why do you lean guys always focus on shop floor processes? The lack of clarity and focus at headquarters is far worse! As a plant manager, I feel I’ve solved most of the issues our lean coach keeps badgering me about, why don’t they go and kaizen head office instead?
Michael Ballé Why do you lean guys always focus on shop floor processes? The lack of clarity and focus at headquarters is far worse! 
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.
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On-Site Training
Bring Lean Learning In-House

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.

Webinar Library
Free Webinar: “How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System”
No matter what business you’re in, don’t miss this May 6 webinar and Q&A with author and ThedaCare executive Kim Barnas on how her team created a lean, stable management system that supported a culture of continuous improvement.