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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 »
You Can't Manage a Secret
By: Jim Morgan | December 7, 2016
How did the obeya management system come to be at Toyota? How has it been refined since its beginning as a means of organizing research for the Toyota engineers developing the Prius? And how can we get the most out of our own obeyas? Jim Morgan answers these questions and more in his latest LPPD eletter. More »
Experiential Change: Using PDCA to craft a new department structure
By: Brian Cole | December 6, 2016
"In January 2016 the Human Resources department at the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) was restructured into a High-Impact Model," writes Brian Cole, Manager of UHMS's HR Solutions Center. "This was part of a larger effort to standardize appropriate work across UMHS.  " Read more for Brian's story of this fascinating project to improve the experience for all. More »
Advice from the Gemba: The Most Frustrating Types of Waste (and How to Eliminate Them!)
By: Lean Leaper | December 1, 2016
If you've ever lost sleep over a particularly frustrating source of waste in your organization, you're not alone. Some forms of waste are easier to eliminate - others are so hard that they start to blur the line between "challenging" and "enraging.  " Today we feature three experienced lean practitioners with the most frustrating types of waste they've encountered, plus their favorite tips for eliminating them. More »
Mindfulness: A Practice, a State of Being, an Essential!
By: Amy Sandler | November 30, 2016
Many of us are familiar with the term "mindfulness," especially in the context of being aware of our surroundings. But there is much more to mindfulness than just that, from its many different forms to its role in a lean transformation and beyond. Amy Sandler shares more about this versatile term and how we can harness it to improve our everyday lives. More »
What the Books Don't Tell: Explaining the Financial Benefits of Lean
By: Jean Cunningham | November 29, 2016
It's a curious fact that very few books about lean address the topic of finance. Questions about lean's financial benefits are often the first that leaders skeptical about launching a transformation ask, so it's a wonder why this is seldom addressed. Lean accounting pioneer and LEI faculty Jean Cunningham now weighs in on this information gap in lean finance, along with suggestions for how to bridge it at your company. More »
Why We're Thankful For Lean
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | November 23, 2016
Thanksgiving is a time of year when Americans take a day to step back and appreciate everything they have to be thankful for. Here at the Lean Enterprise Institute, we're thankful for lean and how it makes things better around the world, every single day. Here's why. More »
A Deeper Dive into Visual Management at Toyota
By: Andrew Quibell | November 22, 2016
"In a previous sketch I introduced Toyota’s approach to visual management, or Floor Management Display Systems (FMDS), including the six elements of creating FMDS," writes Andrew Quibell. "Now it’s time for a deeper dive into those six elements and explore how their approach guarantees an effective floor display will present compelling messages.  " More »
Cowabunga! Implementing Lean at a Surfing School
By: Sammy Obara | November 17, 2016
Lean is difficult for many companies to grasp at first, often due to the cultural shift. If the organization's people are used to a more laid-back, "looser" style of operations, the standards, metrics and procedures associated with lean may seem overwhelming and lead to resistance. Pacific Surf School of San Diego, Cali. was no exception to this all-too-common resistance. Here's Sammy Obara on how he managed to break through this resistance and save the school from imminent closure. More »
Fresh Baked Lean: The Story of Cafe365's Lean Transformation
By: Chet Marchwinski | November 16, 2016
When you think of environments for a lean transformation, does a bakery come to mind? Probably not, but growing pains-plagued Cafe365 of Barcelona was an ideal setting. Here's their story. More »
Ask Art: What sets lean accounting apart from traditional accounting?
By: Art Byrne | November 15, 2016
"You can’t really become a lean enterprise without making the shift from traditional standard-cost accounting to lean (i.  e. plain English) accounting," writes Art Byrne. Read more to learn why a lean accounting department is crucial to a complete organizational transformation. More »
When Lean Gets Personal
By: Jim Morgan | November 10, 2016
Lean is not simply about making things better; Jim Morgan shares how his experience with lean healthcare taught him how lean helps make people better. More »
“Simple Ain’t Easy”
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | November 9, 2016
The essence of lean is simplicity, argues Orry Fiume, a theme that applies not only to great organizations, but great music and anything else important. More »
How Do You REALLY Put Yourself in Your Customers’ Shoes? A Q&A with Eric Ethington
By: Eric Ethington | November 8, 2016
The customer is king in lean. That's why it's critical to know their values, needs, interests, etc. in order to ensure your product has its niche. Some companies go further than others on this, often spending tens of millions of dollars to learn about their customers. Eric Ethington has a simpler way of getting to the root of your customer experience, and best of all, it doesn't have to break the bank. More »
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