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book coverThe Lean Dentist

In the newly updated, second edition of his book, Follow the LearnerThe Lean Dentist, Dr. Sami Bahri describes how he and the staff in his dental practice transformed their work and their thinking from a traditional batch-and-queue approach to one focused directly on the needs of the patient.

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The Lean Post The Lean Post
Succeeding by Failing
People often wonder what exactly constitutes "success" in a lean journey - it's a longstanding question. Cam Ford has a different thought entirely. Inspired by two recent articles and a takeaway from visiting a manufacturing plant, Cam shares his take on the true measure of lean success.
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Lean Education
Train to Sustain

3 workshops on lean fundamentals with Toyota veterans Tracey and Ernie Richardson: Cambridge (at LEI), Aug. 1-5. Join us!

Online! Key Concepts of Lean: Align lean philosophy and tools to create a lasting culture of continuous improvement: Aug. 9-18. Join us!

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book coverNew Teaching Tool for Lean Teams

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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Where Does Our Curiosity Go?

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Gemba Coach
Why does kaizen feel like chaos?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach, Why does kaizen always feel so destabilizing?
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Share Your Thoughts With the LEI Community

This month we are focusing on coaching. What's an impactful learning experience a coach has created (designed?) for you? What made it effective?

Knowledge Center
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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