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Do You Have a Capacity Problem or Flow Problem?
"Sometimes it’s hard to pinpoint the exact root cause of a problem," writes Adam Hillsamer of Arnett Hospital in Indiana, "especially when one is masquerading as another." Have you ever had that happen to you in your problem solving? Adam certainly has - his team recently tackled a problem with (by their best guess) capacity, only to find out they'd need to keep digging. Read more.
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Just published! The Gold Mine Trilogy Study Guide supports, challenges, and facilitates your teams along the "way to lean" implementation path revealed in the trilogy of lean novels by Michael and Freddy Ballé.


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Planet Lean is the official online publication of Lean Global Network, launched in February 2014 with the aim to share the knowledge on lean thinking and practice gained by LGN's 17 institutes around the world, their partners and customers.

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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
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Kata Skill at Novice Level.

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Gemba Coach
How do I implement standard work in an office environment?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach, I really enjoyed reading your article on the difference between standard work and procedures back in December. It really helped clarify the differences. However, I still struggle with the idea of standard work in an administrative area. Can you explain further how to implement in an office environment?
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This month we are focusing on coaching. What's an impactful learning experience a coach has created (designed?) for you? What made it effective?

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Product Development Success Hinges on People not Processes or Tools
But companies get more excited about installing new equipment than developing people, according to an important new article by Lean Enterprise Institute researchers that appears in the Spring 2016 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review. Download a copy of the article outlining three fundamental questions to ask to improve developers’ skills.
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The Way to Lean

There is a natural path for you and your teams to follow in order improve your lean thinking and practice together. This way to lean was laid out over the trilogy of business novels written by Michael and Freddy Ballé – The Gold Mine, The Lean Manager, and, most recently, Lead With Respect – all Shingo Research Award winners. Michael explains how to use the trilogy in your training.

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