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Lean Summit Lean Summit
2015 Lean Coaching Summit | July 20-23, 2015
HC summit

If lean is an experiential learning process, coaching is THE skill to enable more effective, more efficient learning of lean thinking and practice. It's a skill that all lean leaders need to acquire.

Join us July 20-23 in Seattle, for 2 days of intensive learning, practicing, and networking.

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The Lean Post NEW!The Lean Post
Heijunka: Mastering the Peaks and Valleys
Struggling to run different types of products down one line? Lean coach Jeff Smith explains the lean manufacturing concept of Heijunka (or production leveling) by way of a story.
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Lean Education

More Kaizen, Less Firefighting

Upcoming workshops will help you and your team move from reactive management to continuous improvement:


From Fire Fighting to True Continuous Improvement and Value Stream Mapping: a Methodology for Sustainable System Improvement, May 13-15


Online Training: Managing Kaizen Events: Make sure your improvement events don't revert to "drive-by-kaizens" but are pulled by activities that really matter. June 16-25

Lean Bookstore
book coverOhno on the Origins of Lean

Toyota was struggling when Taiichi Ohno and a small group began experimenting with methods that ultimately became the Toyota Production System. The Birth of Lean captures the insights and tenacity of those early leaders in their own words.


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Knowledge Center
Lean management case study series: Using Plan-Do-Check-Act as a Strategy and Tactic for Helping Suppliers Improve

Learn how a company used the plan-do-check-act cycle on a strategic level to guide overall strategy for selecting and developing key suppliers as well as on a tactical level for guiding lean transformations at supplier facilities to bring them along on its lean journey.


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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata

We are All Apprentices

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...

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New and
John Shook
New Year’s Reflection
John Shook Happy New Year! Even if you are not one of those who makes New Year’s resolutions the new year is surely a good time for reflection. Lean thinkers conduct specific reflection after completing each activity. The transition to a new calendar year is an excellent occasion for general reflection, for asking: “how are things going?”
Gemba Coach
How is leadership engaged and trained in lean?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,  How is leadership engaged and trained in lean?
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
“How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System”

It only takes an hour to watch this practical, real-world webinar and Q&A with author and former ThedaCare SVP Kim Barnas on how her team created a lean, stable management system that supported a culture of continuous improvement.