A Series on Lean Leadership
The challenges of leading and sustaining lean transformations.
The Lean Dentist

In the newly updated, second edition of his book, Follow the Learner: The 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.

Lean Thinking at 20, Part 2: A Q&A with Jim Womack and Dan Jones
Twenty years ago Jim Womack and Dan Jones helped launch the lean movement as we know it today with their key book Lean Thinking. Now, for a second day, we have the opportunity to ask the two authors to reflect on how lean thinking and lean practice have evolved since the book appeared. LEI senior editor Tom Ehrenfeld has asked Jim and Dan for their thoughts on a range of topics; please feel free to add your thoughts, comments, and questions.
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Baby Steps for Behavior Change

Don't start with a 20-mile run! Effective change often begins with small tweaks to behavior, which build on one another and grow self-efficacy in the Learner. You can explain a different behavior, but abstract goals and information generally don’t work if they aren’t tied to specific behaviors -- or "Starter Kata" -- that can be practiced by the beginner.

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What are the elements of knowledge-based product development?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach, What would be a knowledge-based approach to product development?
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New Story: Lean Accounting Summit Impacts Dissertation

In this ongoing series, we talk to past winners of the Excellence in Lean Accounting Award, presented by LEI at the Lean Accounting Summit, to learn what impact it and a matching scholarship have had on how recipients teach and practice accounting. In this new installment, a college professor explains how it affected his classroom work and career.

Official online publication of the Lean Global Network

Making Slow Ideas Go Faster
by Jim Womack

How it is that some ideas and innovations spread like wildfire while others are slower to take roots? It is clear that lean thinking belongs to the latter category, but how can we speed up its diffusion?

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.

Lean Product & Process Development

Learn how companies are using Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) to create a sustainable system for consistently delivering great products and profitable value streams.

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