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LPPD Lean Product
& Process Development
Stories from the Field

The world is far more competitive than ever before, and strong product and process development capability is essential. Learn more about how lean is helping companies develop great products.

Visit leanpd.org for more info and read how LEI is working with companies on their product development systems in Jim Morgan's e-letter here.

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Tough Empathy
"When grasping the situation we always focus in on the process... What about grasping the situation as it relates to the people?" writes Eric Ethington. "I’m talking about truly 'engaging the stakeholders' to the point where they WANT to be part of the improvement process."
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Lean Education

Training Strengthens Your Learning Culture

Online Workshop - Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture: How to simultaneously develop your product and people value streams. Starts Sept. 28.


Strategy Deployment & Alignment Through Hoshin: How to align all people and activities with the company's strategic objectives; at LEI, Nov. 3-4.


Understanding Lean Transformation: How to manage a transformation's five vital dimensions; at LEI, Oct. 15 & Nov. 5.

Lean Bookstore
book coverOhno on the Origins of Lean

Toyota was struggling when Taiichi Ohno and a small group began experimenting with methods that ultimately became the Toyota Production System. The Birth of Lean captures the insights and tenacity of those early leaders in their own words.


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Knowledge Center
Nonprofit Uses Lean to Rebuild Homes and Lives

When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, they uncovered tens of thousands of ruined homes. But the subsiding waters also exposed a broken rebuilding process. In this LEI case study, we take a close look at a lean management system that is improving disaster recovery around New Orleans and the U.S.


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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata

The Chinese Farmer - Narrated by Alan Watts

This month's Kata video is a cartoon about scientific thinking. We organize and plan and try to create ideal situations, yet the larger picture is not accessible to us. The mind maneuvers, craves, thinks and plans, but we can't control the future that way because there are too many factors. Every step we take is an interesting experiment.

Watch the video and share your thoughts »

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John Shook
John Shook We need to think about redefining work. Until we – anyone who wishes to bring about organizational change – redefine the actual value-creating work of the business, we haven’t made any changes that are meaningful. You may be able to create wealth through a variety of business models or ways of thinking. But if you want to create real value, and jobs that value people, you must think hard about how your people are working every day.
Gemba Coach
Is a lean CEO's job different from a traditional CEO?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,  How does the role of CEO in lean management differ from that in traditional management?
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.
Learn from the Lean Community
Looking for some inspiration or guidance on your lean journey? Not sure how to figure out takt time or want to learn how lean is being applied in government? Check out LEI's forums.
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.

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How to Lead With Respect

Lead With Respect co-author Michael Ballé gives you 7 specific steps you can use immediately to make leading with respect a daily habit. Includes a follow-up Q&A.