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Thinking About Introducing A3 Problem-Solving? Think Twice if Leadership Isn’t Engaged
Your organization’s leadership doesn’t support introducing the A3 problem-solving process, but why not introduce it into your unit or area of responsibility? Experienced lean management coach and practitioner David Verble cautions that it will be very, very hard to succeed for reasons he explains in this Q&A follow-up to a recent webinar on the A3 process. More »
Imagining A World Without Email with Cal Newport
A typical work day is already packed, but is there waste that can be removed? WLEI host Tom Ehrenfeld and guest Cal Newport talk about ways to challenge email's presence at work, and how to rethink our communication strategies. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 8: Toyota Coaching Practices
Art describes some of the fundamental principles of Toyota coaching practices. More »
Ask Art: Why Should I Convert to a Pull System?
Deliver more value to your customers by converting your business to a pull system and connecting demand directly to your production system, advises Art Byrne. More »
10 Golden Rules for Radical Quality Improvement
What you need to know and do to lead your team to make step-change improvements to quality. More »
Why Creating Better Jobs and Improving Work Matters
How improving your work environment is vital to improved business outcomes. More »
How Intertape Polymer Group Used Pilots and Parallel Systems to Learn and Implement Lean Accounting
IPG's director and VP of finance manufacturing share their disciplined strategy for adopting lean accounting and finance. More »
Ensuring Success of Hoshin Kanri – a Better Way to Plan and Execute Your Strategy
Logoplaste's global vice president of lean and strategy shares a few vital lessons, learned through experience, about a proven way to set and achieve your organization's annual strategic objectives. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 7: Dreyfus Model and the Stages of Learning
Art looks at another external framework in an effort to help shorten your lead times of learning, development, and problem-solving. More »
Coach's Corner: Why Your Development Plans and Obeya Practices Aren't Working - and How to Fix Them
If your development plans and obeya practices aren't working, you're not alone. John Drogosz offers ways to get the most out of the obeya and fixing common planning problems in this week's look at The Design Brief. More »
Addressing a Critical Problem in Strategic Planning and Execution
Logoplaste's global vice president of lean and strategy deployment describes the experience -- and benefits -- six months into its adoption of the hoshin kanri process (aka strategy development and deployment). More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 6: Team-Building Tools and Practices
The storming phase of the Tuckman model of team formation can be tough to get out of, with Art Smalley sharing a technique that will help ease this process. More »
Bringing Together People and Invention to Achieve Radically Great Quality
The latest book published by the Lean Global Network details the principles and practices that will help you radically improve quality. More »
Contributor's Corner: How Synchronizing Workflows Helped TechnipFMC Develop Its Latest Robot
Following the lean product and process development principles yields significant benefits. Just ask Scott Fulenwider and Hanna Schell as they report the results of their efforts applying them in a recent product development program at Schilling Robotics, a TechnipFMC company. More »
Creating Better Jobs and Better Work: A Podcast with Sarah Kalloch and Josh Howell
Josh Howell of LEI and Sarah Kalloch of the Good Jobs Institute want to foster good work, as they discuss solutions in this episode of WLEI, the official podcast of the Lean Enterprise Institute. More »
How Synchronizing Workflows Eliminates Waste in Development Processes
Two leaders share their secrets of effective value-stream mapping and synchronizing workflows. More »
Ask Art: What Do You Look At in a "Pre-lean" Company?
Art Byrne identifies factors such as excess inventory and floor space, long turnaround times, and numerous other elements to study when considering the long-term value of "pre-lean" companies. More »
Why You Need to Understand The Purpose of Purposeful Enterprise
Work with your team to articulate your purpose, as this shared statement will align the many aspects of your pragmatic lean improvement work, says Tom Ehrenfeld in this roundup about the purpose of purposeful work. More »