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What are the key traits I should look for in a potential Chief Engineer? A Q&A with Katrina Appell
By: Katrina Appell | February 22, 2017
The Chief Engineer is a key cornerstone of lean product and process development. Katrina Appell has been asked many times what traits a potential CE should have in order to ensure the best chance of success. Her answer may surprise you - read more and find out what you should really ask yourself before accepting applications. More »
Accelerating Justice with Lean Forensics
By: Heather Jamieson | February 16, 2017
One of our most popular subjects on The Lean Post is the use of lean in unorthodox places. But one gemba that we have yet to discuss on the Post is crime laboratories. You might be surprised to learn that they are prime candidates for lean transformations, being the process-heavy environments they are. Heather Jamieson explains. More »
Lean in One Drawing
By: Dave LaHote | February 15, 2017
LEI faculty member, Dave Lahote, shares his concept of thinking about lean as a system and to demonstrate the linkage between lean tools and how the system can create organizational advantage. More »
Muda Corporation: The Pitfalls of 5S
By: Marius Gil | February 14, 2017
In the latest installment of his "Muda Corporation" series, Marius Gil shares nine common mistakes he has seen people make with 5S. More »
A Thriving Community of Practice
By: John Y. Shook | February 9, 2017
"Lean theory and practice are thriving here in early 2017 with the arrival of a small but rich batch of new books," writes LEI Chairman and CEO John Shook. "These recent and upcoming books all bring new ideas and new stories that can help grow and energize the lean community.  ..  " Read more. More »
Lean Quotes from John Shook to Inspire You and Your Team
By: Lean Leaper and John Y. Shook | February 8, 2017
We share with you some inspiring quotes from LEI CEO John Shook. More »
Research, Reflections, and Challenges: John Shook's Closing Keynote of 2016
By: Lean Leaper | February 7, 2017
At the end of every Lean Transformation Summit, Lean Enterprise Institute Chairman and CEO John Shook gives his traditional closing keynote. He shares his observations and thoughts on the lean community plus learnings and advice to keep our lean efforts strong until the next Summit. Here's what he shared with us last year - has it helped you since? More »
Ask Art: Is “We are customer-driven” a good lean strategy?
By: Art Byrne | February 2, 2017
Art Byrne is often asked if "customer-driven" is a good lean strategy. The answer is yes - as long as it's done right. Read more. More »
All Problem Solvers Must...?
By: Cameron Ford | February 1, 2017
What must all problem solvers do? That's what we asked in a recent email survey for summit attendees. Here's what you all said, and don't forget to leave a comment with other thoughts! More »
Planning Meetings Around A3s
By: Andrew Quibell | January 31, 2017
"How many times have you sat in a meeting to discuss solving a pressing, urgent or serious problem – and yet a full hour later find that you’ve gotten nowhere?" asks Andrew Quibell. He's been in that situation more times than he cares to remember - but luckily he now shares a clever strategy that gave his meetings a productivity boost. More »
Managing to Create Problem-Solvers: A Lean Transformation Summit Roundup
By: Lean Leaper | January 26, 2017
Countless people have asked us over the years, "My organization can't be lean without a problem-solving culture. So how do I create one?" The answer: you first create the right management systems! This will be the prevailing theme at this year's Lean Transformation Summit -- here's a spotlight of our summit presenters and what they've published on this popular and fascinating topic. More »
Thinking About Lean Logic
By: Shaun Chamberlin and David Fleming | January 25, 2017
Only a few months ago the acclaimed book of lean essays, "Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future," was re-issued by its publisher. It is a dense but magnificently thorough and informative read, at 656 pages. To help make the book's premise and importance more digestible, the Lean Leaper presents a selection of its most powerful excerpts. More »
Lean Roundup: Continuous Problem-Solving
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | January 24, 2017
Continuing his popular Lean Roundup series, LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld covers a key topic in lean circles that also happens to be a key theme at the 2017 Lean Transformation Summit: continuous problem solving. More »
Lean Leadership at Legal Sea Foods: An Interview with Roger Berkowitz
By: Chet Marchwinski | January 19, 2017
Watch the video to hear Legal Sea Foods CEO Roger Berkowitz explain the effects lean has has on his own personal leadership style, plus the culture of Legal Sea Foods as a whole. More »
Ask Art: How high is up with lean?
By: Art Byrne | January 18, 2017
Art Byrne explains that continuous improvement really is continuous and that there is no limit to the “up” in lean. More »
What's a good "small step" to start off my LPPD transformation? A Q&A with Katrina Appell
By: Katrina Appell | January 17, 2017
A lean product and process development transformation may seem daunting, but all you really need to get started is a series of simple yet effective "small steps.  " Here's Katrina Appell on her favorite. More »
Question! Adapt? Question!
By: Joshua Rapoza | January 13, 2017
LEI's Customer Strategy Officer talks about his mistake of not asking enough questions and what he learned about passion overtaking reasonable thinking when it comes to the lean summit. More »
Six Personal Kanban Habits to Avoid
By: Jim Benson | January 12, 2017
Jim Benson, kanban specialist, shares the six most common mistakes found on kanban boards. More »
Getting to Sustainability
By: Ernie Richardson and Tracey Richardson | January 11, 2017
Sustaining gains from kaizen thinking is one of the hardest, and certainly most misunderstood, aspects of this work. It’s misunderstood because the actual change takes place at the beginning of the journey. Learn one of the best ways to Get to Sustainability from LEI faculty members Tracey and Ernie Richardson. More »
Lean and Agile: Finding a Role for Your Leadership in Your Transformation Model
By: Bruno Guicardi | January 10, 2017
"Lean and Agile are two of the most commonly discussed (and hotly debated) principles for managing a business, particularly when there’s a transformation underway," writes Bruno Guicardi. "While there are many similarities between the two, leaders need a clear understanding of how and when to put them into practice.  " Read more. More »
A Sweeter Type of Lean
By: Carlos Moretti | January 5, 2017
In one memorable lean project, Carlos Moretti found himself assisting a Brazilian sugar-cane supplier for the ethanol industry with a number of efficiency and quality problems. This is his story. More »
Advice from the Gemba: TPS Mythbusting
By: Lean Leaper | January 4, 2017
Despite its fundamental role in a lean transformation, the Toyota Production System is not an easy thing for many to grasp. In this special installment of Advice from the Gemba, three of LEI's accomplished faculty discuss the most common misconceptions they hear about TPS from their workshop participants. More »
Advice from the Gemba: Best Tips for Designing a Work Experience
By: Lean Leaper | January 3, 2017
When designing a work experience, the benefits of having an experienced coach to guide you cannot be overstated. In this installment of Advice from the Gemba, three of the Lean Global Network's best coaches offer their favorite tips for designing a work experience. More »
2016 in Reflection: Your Favorite Lean Posts of 2016
By: Cameron Ford | December 22, 2016
With the end of the year fast approaching, it's time for our annual look back on 12 months of content on the Lean Post. Business Editor Cam Ford reflects on the past year with the most popular articles of 2016. More »
Ask Art: Why Is Something As Simple As Lean So Difficult to Do?
By: Art Byrne | December 21, 2016
"Recently my good friend Paul Akers of FastCap and lean blogging fame asked me why lean, which appears to be so simple, ends up being so hard for people to do," writes Art Byrne. "In my decades of leading lean, in fact, this has proven to be perhaps the most important challenge.  " More »
From Chaos to Kaizen: The Visual Way
By: Andrew Quibell | December 20, 2016
In another of his visual depictions of the fundamentals of lean, Andrew Quibell illustrates the process of transforming a chaos-plagued organization into one of continuous improvement. More »
An A3 Antidote to the Opiate Epidemic
By: Ryan Howard | December 15, 2016
Opiate use in America has been spiking at an alarming rate. Many healthcare organizations, such as the University of Michigan Medical School, are trying to fight the surge in use by controlling how many opioids they prescribe to their patients. Ryan Howard led a project to curb the number of opiate pills released to their community via the Medical School. Read more. More »
How Does Shop-Floor Lean Compare to Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD)? A Q&A with Matt Zayko
By: Matt Zayko | December 14, 2016
Matt Zayko was recently asked, "Is my knowledge of shop-floor lean enough for me to get by in product development?" Find out his answer. More »
Are Your Processes REALLY People-Centric?
By: Kelly Moore | December 13, 2016
A process might look people-centric on paper, but the reality is often much different. Inspired by a half funny, half bemusing experience at an airport, Kelly Moore reflects on how to ensure that your processes are people-centric from the get-go. More »
Lean Books Roundup
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | December 8, 2016
"Several years back, LEI CEO John Shook discussed the need to explore the “frontiers and fundamentals” of lean.  ..  " writes Tom Ehrenfeld. "Three recent books reveal surprising and satisfying ways that these new boundaries are emerging.  " Read more. More »
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