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A3s (6) Show All »
Welcome to the MTL A3 Dojo
By: Shook, John | February 9, 2011
A3s; Columns
Welcome to this MTL-mini site within www.  lean.  org a destination for thought leadership in lean management in general, "managing to learn" and the A3 process in particular.  The goal of this site is to narrow the gap between reading about how to create an A3 and actually doing A3 management. This site within a site is meant to be a shared space for A3 thinking, a place for you to engage with others on the nitty-gritty daily challenges of your specific problems. Even for you to create an A3 and own it in the process.  This mini-site emerged out More »
Detailed A3 Template (from Managing to Learn)
By: Shook, John | July 19, 2010
A3s; Forms and Templates
A PDF of the A3 template provided in the book Managing to Learn. More »
Audio (3) Show All »
Forward to Fundamentals Webinar with Jim Womack and John Shook
By: Shook, John; Jim Womack | April 23, 2009
Audio; Videos and Webinars
In recent years, most discussions around lean transformation have understandably evolved toward more managerial and strategic matters. Yet there remains an alarming lack of solid implementation of the fundamentals! In this current economic crisis we can actually move our lean journeys forward faster by looking back to the lessons that led to the creation of TPS in the weakened Japanese economy following World War II. This webinar is designed to uncover the deep roots of the original lean thinking and tools and how you can better focus your own lean implementation plans and execution.  This webinar features Jim Womack, Chairman More »
Lean Thinking, Second Edition (Audiobook - CD)
By: James P. Womack and Daniel T. Jones | March 2, 2003
Audio; Books
Are the calls for making the lean leap falling on deaf ears in the boardroom? Just slip this audio CD of the Lean Thinking onto the boss’s home stereo to get the message across subliminally. Then get out of the way when the boss comes to work and rushes onto the shop floor to lead kaizen workshops. More »
Case Studies (22) Show All »
Standardized Work Hangs Ten with San Diego’s Surfing Culture -- Meeting the Challenges of Leadership, Culture, and Resistance
By: Doug Bartholomew | July 10, 2015
Instead of wiping out with a Southern California surfing school, the lean management principle of standardized had a positive impact, helping it boost surfing time for students, the number of students per class, and revenue. More »
Toyota Partners with Nonprofit to Rebuild Homes and Lives
By: by Chet Marchwinski | July 10, 2015
When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, they uncovered tens of thousands of ruined homes in devastated areas like St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana. But the subsiding waters also exposed a rebuilding process that needed rethinking. In this LEI case study, we take a close look at how lean management principles are improving disaster recovery around New Orleans and the U.  S. overall. More »
Columns (449) Show All »
Avoiding the Pitfalls of Leader Standard Work
By: Ken Abbs and Scott Ullman | October 6, 2015
What are some problems a lean practitioner might run into when implementing leader standard work? Ken Abbs and Scott Ullman reflect on four they experienced working at an energy plant and share solutions for each. More »
Lean Fitness: The Individual vs. the Organization
By: Dan Markovitz | October 1, 2015
"For both the individual and the organization, the problem is the same," writes Dan Markovitz. "There may be a stated goal—lose 15 pounds, improve muscle tone—but there’s often no clearly defined program to reach that fitness goal. Or even if there is a program, it may simply be a fad that promises huge results with minimal effort: think vibrating belts, Thighmasters, 8 Minute Abs, and the latest diet pills.  " More »
Events (9) Show All »
2014 Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
January 10, 2014
June 4-5, 2014 - Los Angeles, California. Two days when you can learn directly from the lean healthcare leaders who are making real change and getting real results in how we deliver and pay for healthcare. More »
2014 Transformation Summit
October 21, 2013
March 5-6, 2014 - Orlando, Florida. Improve the work, develop the people - the building blocks for continuous innovation. More »
Outside Resources (1) Show All »
Lean Initiatives at State Environmental Agencies
January 1, 2003
Environmental agencies in several states, including Delaware, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Nebraska are applying lean and six sigma principles to cut permitting time and complexity. This page at the federal EPA summarizes what's going on in the states. Scroll to the bottom for links to presentations and more information. More »
Software (1)
eVSM v8 - Electronic Value-Stream Mapping
March 10, 2014
Accessories; Software; Value-Stream Maps
Walking the shop or office floor with a paper and pencil to collect data and observe actual conditions is how value-stream mapping (VSM) is done. But for a long time, members of the Lean Community have been sharing these hand-drawn maps by creating their own electronic templates from scratch in various software programs. eVSM makes the process of turning hand-drawn maps into electronic ones easier and faster.  As a companion – not a substitute – to paper-and-pencil mapping, the software allows lean practitioners to easily create, modify, and disseminate electronic value-stream maps. More »
Videos and Webinars (16) Show All »
Webinar: The Two Basic Forms of Coaching for Lean
May 22, 2014
The Two Basic Forms of Coaching for Lean with David Verble More »
Webinar: How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System
May 6, 2014
How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System More »
Articles (162) Show All »
Hazards at the Huddle Board: How to Coach a Team Away from “Fast Thinking” to Disciplined PDCA
By: Bartholomew, Doug | August 20, 2015
Lean practitioner David Verble, an LEI faculty member and former HR manager at Toyota, is noticing that problem-solving at huddle boards tends to veer 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. More »
Maximizing People Systems in a Lean Transformation
By: Bartholomew, Doug | January 22, 2015
Don't make the mistake of overlooking the important role of that human resources plays in a lean transformation. Learn how to align HR policies and practices with your effort to create a lean culture of continuous improvement. More »
Books (62) Show All »
Lean Product & Process Development, 2nd Edition (Japanese)
By: Allen C. Ward and Durward Sobek II | September 26, 2014
Buy this publication from: Amazon Japan More »
Lead With Respect: A Novel of Lean Practice
By: Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé | July 28, 2014
"Lead With Respect is a terrific book that puts the elements of genuine motivation into a broader context and helps leaders translate those principles into action.  "—Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE"The Ballé books are a great way to get started or to speed up your pace of transformation, personal and organizational.  "—Jim Womack, Founder of Lean Enterprise InstituteIn their new business novel Lead With Respect, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé reveal the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture More »
Charts, Graphs and Diagrams (2) Show All »
Begin from Need
October 28, 2010
"Begin from need" is attributed Taiichi Ohno, a key developer of the Toyota Production System. It means, as shown on these charts, what does the customer (the organization, the worker, the gemba) need right now? It's  another way of articulating the principle of PDCA, plan-do-check-act.    It helps us begin problem solving by grasping the situation, and avoid jumping to conclusions. More »
Toyota Production System House
By: Marchwinski, Chet | June 5, 2009
The Toyota Production System "house" shows the elements of a lean system. Source: Lean Lexicon. More »
eLetters (223) Show All »
Is your obeya room used for real learning or as a glorified action plan?
By: Ballé, Michael | September 28, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  How can I use an obeya for learning rather than for project management? More »
Is there a way to define standard work for senseis?
By: Ballé, Michael | September 21, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,I’ve been working on lean projects for years and my CEO has now asked me to act as the lean sensei for our company. Is there a way to define standard work for senseis? More »
Forms and Templates (6) Show All »
Root Cause Template
By: Shook, John and David Verble | June 13, 2013
When trying to solve a problem, you want to identify underlying causes, which will help you to prevent fires rather than just extinguish them. By identifying the underlying causes down to the root causes, you can reduce the likelihood that a given problem will recur.  The most common root-cause analysis technique in lean is the "Five Why's.  " This is practice of asking why repeatedly whenever a problem is encountered in order to get beyond the obvious symptoms to discover the root cause.  For instance, Taiichi Ohno gives this example about a machine that stopped working (Ohno 1988, p. 17):Why did More »
Standard Work Operator Balance Chart(OBC)
December 6, 2012
The operator balance chart helps create continuous flow in a multistep, multioperator process by distributing operator work elements in relation to takt time. (Also called an operator loading diagram or a yamazumi board.  )Kaizen Express, from which this example is taken, is a concise, precise illustrated guide to the fundamentals of the Toyota Production System and how to implement them. It is ideal for individuals or teams starting a lean transformation or in need of a quick refresher on the fundamental concepts of lean manufacturing.   Other Resources:WorkshopsStandardized Work: The Foundation for Kaizen »Management Standard Work »ArticlesFive Missing Pieces in Your More »
Presentations (20) Show All »
By: Narrated by Alan Watts | September 1, 2015
Scientific thinking is about the limits of logical efforts. 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 how to obtain what we want and avoid what we don't like. But we can't control the future that way because there are too many factors. Every step we take is an interesting experiment. (Animation by Steve Agnos.  ) More »
By: By Destin Sandlin | May 2, 2015
Don't assume that your narrative is reality. Practice the Improvement Kata pattern to learn scientific thinking! Destin Sandlin of Smarter Every Day taught himself to ride a backward-steering bicycle. It took months of practice. Then he tried to go back to riding a normal bicycle.  .. More »
Value-Stream Maps (1) Show All »
Value-stream Mapping Icons for Excel
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | January 1, 2003
At the request of some of our readers we have posted the most commonly used mapping icons so that they can be downloaded for Excel spreadsheets. More »
Workshops (48) Show All »
3D Problem-Solving with Legos
Throughout the day, you will be guided deeper and deeper into understanding what is at the core of some of the struggles we commonly face to implement lean principles. More »
5S - Visual Workplace
5S methodology helps organizations achieve more consistent operational results through maintaining an orderly workplace. This workshop will introduce you to the 5S methodology and help you learn basic implementation steps including evaluation and audit. More »