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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.

The Lean Post NEW!The Lean Post
What the Best Lean Leaders All Have in Common
What characterizes a truly exceptional lean leader? With years of first-hand observations behind him, Tom Ehrenfeld weighs in with his thoughts.
Read the post and join the conversation » Go to The Lean Post »
Lean Education

Skills Successful Lean Leaders Need

New workshop "Lead With Respect" heads a strong lineup; Seattle, Nov. 3-6.


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 coverImprove as a Coach

Read Managing to Learn, which simultaneously captures the thinking of a manager and direct report as they work through the A3 learning process. A Shingo Research Award Winner.


Read a Q&A with author John Shook

Knowledge Center
Hazards at the Huddle Board

Lean practitioner David Verble, an LEI faculty member and former HR manager at Toyota, is noticing that problem-solving at huddle boards veers towards quick identification of problems and acceptance of solutions. In this article, he identifies the hazards and offers you some practical countermeasures that will keep your team on the PDCA path.


Avoid the hazards

Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata

IK/CK at Modine

This month's IK/CK video illustrates how Modine Manufacturing views practicing the Improvement Kata and Coaching Kata as a way of leading, managing and developing people... to drive continuous improvement and achieve desired results. Modine has been practicing Kata for several years and adopted the IK/CK routines into its daily management via the Modine Production System.

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
How and Where Should I Start Using Andons?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach, I understand the andon is an essential part of a lean system, but it seems very far from our work culture and I do not know where to start. Any advice?
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.

Webinar Archives
Q: How Do I Get to Everyday Improvement?

A: By connecting the science and culture of problem solving. Get how-to tips in this archived webinar plus a Q&A with Lean Enterprise Institute faculty members Judy Worth and Beau Keyte.