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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
Let the Work Define the Process
We’re all short on time, but think for a moment with your team about the real work to be done in any process you’re working on or design you’re creating. Are you building from past experience or actual customer needs? Are you building from past experience or building to solve problems?
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Lean Education

Training for Managing Supply Chains & Kaizen Events

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 Warehousing & Distribution Operations and Gemba Walks: A Management Process for Leading the Organization, CA, July 14-16. (Learn about the visit to TaylorMade's warehousing facilities.)

Lean Bookstore
book coverLearn How to Develop Business by Developing People

Our latest business novel, Lead With Respect, shows you how developing people's capabilities as problem solvers is the ultimate sign of workplace respect and a decisive business advantage.

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Knowledge Center
Why PFEP is the DNA of Lean Material Handling

With so many dimensions to address to achieve a successful lean transformation, it's no wonder many organizations overlook a key piece of a lean material handling system:  a plan for every part. The PFEP fosters precise, accurate, and controlled inventory reduction, while serving as the foundation for the continuous improvement of a plant's material-handling system.


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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
My management team feels tense and pressured about going to the gemba. Is this normal?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,  I’ve decided to take my management team to the gemba to get them to solve real problems but this is creating a lot of tension and they complain of the pressure. Is that to be expected?
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 Do I Get to Everyday Improvement?

By connecting the science and culture of problem solving. Get how-to tips in this archived webinar plus a Q&A with Lean Enterprise Institute faculty members Judy Worth and Beau Keyte.