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LPPD Lean Product
& Process Development
Stories from the Field

The world is far more competitive than ever before, and strong product and process development capability is essential. Learn more about how lean is helping companies develop great products.

Visit leanpd.org for more info and read how LEI is working with companies on their product development systems in Jim Morgan's e-letter here.

The Lean Post NEW!The Lean Post
5 Ways My Thinking Changed With the Help of a Lean Coach
"Coaching for development is different than being managed," writes Deborah McGee. "Lean coaching in our case was not directing an improvement swat team or teaching lean workshops… It was a steadfast commitment to people, and to developing capability versus creating dependency."
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Lean Education

Training for Managing Supply Chains & Culture Learn Lean Supply Chain & Distribution

Discover the principles then see them in action at an operating warehouse/supply chain center; 2 unique sessions, Sept. 29- Oct 1.

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Online Workshop on Culture Change
Attend "Creating a Sustainable Lean Culture," to learn how to simultaneously develop your product and people value streams.

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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
Proof that Standardized Work Fits Anywhere

Instead of wiping out at a surfing school, the introduction of standardized work had a positive impact by boosting surfing time for students, the number of students per class, and revenue. Read the original article "Lean Hangs Ten with San Diego's Surfing Culture."


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Improvement/Coaching Kata Improvement Kata
& Coaching Kata

The Role of 'Challenge' in the Improvement Kata

The first step of the Improvement Kata, "Understand the Direction or Challenge," is often overlooked, but is highly important for the three steps that follow. In this Summer's Kata video, Tyler Fife of BiAmp Systems in Portland, Oregon defines what a Challenge is, how it fits in and what happens when you skip over this step of the IK pattern. Future-State Mapping is one good way to define your Challenge.

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John Shook
John Shook We need to think about redefining work. Until we – anyone who wishes to bring about organizational change – redefine the actual value-creating work of the business, we haven’t made any changes that are meaningful. You may be able to create wealth through a variety of business models or ways of thinking. But if you want to create real value, and jobs that value people, you must think hard about how your people are working every day.
Gemba Coach
Does being “sensei-ed” show respect for people?
Michael Ballé Dear Gemba Coach,If lean is based on respect for people, why are sensei gemba visits reputed to be so tough?
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.

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How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System

ThedaCare executive Kim Barnes, author of Beyond Heroes, explains the eight essential components of the system and how they were deployed step by step.