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Standardization is a Countermeasure, Never the Goal
Author: Mark Graban
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/29/2014
"If you're excited about standardized work and standardization, especially if you're new to Lean, please stop and think about the problem that's being solved and confirm that there is one before you move forward," writes Mark Graban. Read more.
What's new in your new novel "Lead With Respect"?
Author: Ballé, Michael
Media Format: eLetters
Publish Date: 7/29/2014

Dear Gemba Coach,

I see that you have a new lean management novel out called Lead With Respect. What's new in it?

Doing Lean Versus Becoming Lean
Author: Jim Luckman
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/25/2014
"We know from experience that Lean is fundamentally driven by a change in company culture," writes Jim Luckman, "not a methodological 'application' of the Lean tools." Use this piece to find out if you're "doing" Lean or truly becoming lean.
Summer Reading
Author: Tom Ehrenfeld
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/24/2014
LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld picks his favorite lean books you might want to take to the beach with you this summer.
Too Much Information Can Destroy Effective Management
Author: Boaz Tamir
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/23/2014
"A lean organization minimizes the amount of unnecessary 'junk' information and increases the amount of 'gold' (value-producing) information that is necessary for knowledge creation," writes Boaz Tamir.
Mixed Model Work at the Office
Author: Danielle Blais
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/22/2014
In manufacturing, running a mixed model reduces the risk of overproducing any one product and lowers finished "good" inventory. What are the benefits, if any, of using this mixed model approach at the office?
Cost Reduction, Waste, and Purpose
Author: Katrina Appell
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/18/2014
"Eliminating waste makes it easier to see and find problems, which is the first step to solving them," writes Katrina Appell. "It removes frustrations, which improves worker and customer satisfaction."
Are We "Doing Lean" All Wrong?
Author: Brent Wahba
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/17/2014
"Somewhere in Ohio is a small healthcare management company that is the best Lean company, EVER," says Brent Wahba. Why? "Because they seemed highly unlikely to succeed," he writes, and "followed a path that would make nearly any traditional sensei convulse."
Closer Collaboration for a Leaner Planet
Author: Roberto Priolo
Media Format: Articles
Publish Date: 7/16/2014
Roberto Priolo, editor of Planet Lean, makes the case for lean learning and collaboration across the globe.
Lead With Respect: A Novel of Lean Practice
Author: Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé
Media Format: Books
Publish Date: 7/15/2014