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Exploring the Technical and Nontechnical Challenges of Being a Chief Engineer, A Candid Conversation with Two CEs (Part 1)
Chief engineers typically have strong technical skills to effectively lead and manage the work of engineers, designers, and other developers. But perhaps their greatest talent needs to be nontechnical, an observation that emerged in this interview with two chief engineers from TechnipFMC, conducted by LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at last year’s Designing the Future Summit. More »
How to Show Respect During a Pandemic
How to Show Respect During a Pandemic
Lean Coach Katrina Appell shares how to use Maslow's hierarchy of needs to clarify how to show respect for people during a pandemic. More »
Why Good Lean Detectives Visit the Crime Scene
You can't solve a problem with data alone, says Dan Markovitz. He urges you to go to the "crime scene," the source of the problem, to gather the facts required for a full analysis of what has gone wrong. More »
How to Build Skills Fast with a People-Development Plan
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. More »
Don't Just Go Back--Go Forward...With Kindness and A Little Creativity!
As we all grapple with ongoing changes imposed by the Covid-19 virus, we have reflected deeply, and humbly share the following new ways that will bring value and benefit to people, animals and our planet. More »
Five Revolutions Into the Lean Journey: What's Next?
The current pandemic serves as an opportunity for us to rethink the world of enterprise (and more), says Dan Jones. He reflects on five lean revolutions, and he explores how, once Covid-19 passes, lean may continue to shape mindful and purposeful enterprise. More »
Ask Art: Does Lean Really Work Beyond Manufacturing?
Lean certainly applies beyond manufacturing, explains Art Byrne, who shares the dramatic gains at a life insurance company as a way of teaching broadly applicable principles for a lean turnaround. More »
Keep Calm and Manage Stably: Akio Toyoda’s Response to Crisis
Jeff Liker and John Shook comment on the recent remarks of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, stating that they "reaffirmed the remarkable ways of the company, leaving us with confidence that Toyota will continue to serve as an inspiration, even as the world continues to change in unpredictable ways." More »
How Short, Structured Communication Cycles Help Hospitals Solve Problems, Offer Support to Staff
The Global Lean Healthcare Initiative shares the seven key lean practices -- each with a set of actionable tips -- that can help healthcare teams handle the Covid-19 challenges more effectively. More »
Solutions from Afar
Solutions from Afar
A leader's job isn't to provide solutions to problems; it's to teach and coach their staff to solve problems themselves--at the gemba. More »
Combat Isolation with Productivity by Using PDCA for Effective Meetings, part two of two
How to run a productive meeting, the Toyota Way More »
Creating Standardized Work to Ensure Safety, Quality, and Efficiency
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. Part 3 of a 7 part series, Fighting Covid-19 with Lean Healthcare. More »
Reimagining restaurants after Covid-19
Reimagining restaurants after Covid-19
The future has never looked more uncertain for restaurants and cafes. The authors share a set of practical lean tips that can guide these organizations navigate. More »
Pursuing Dreams, Facing Reality
Pursuing Dreams, Facing Reality
In this letter shared to his fellow Menloians, Rich Sheridan acknowledges the new reality they all must fact, and commits to making the most with the time that is given to all of them. More »
The Sanity of Just-in-Time
Path dependence is the worst enemy of smart resolution, argue the authors, who suggest greater "frame control" with enabling tools such as just-in-time to respect people on the frontline and respect the facts they share about what is happening to them. "Mastering the path as opposed to being led by it, means looking up frequently to reevaluate both destination and way as new information comes to light." More »
Furloughed Team Leverages Lean for a Good Cause: A Report from the #LeanCommunity
Eileen Fisher's product development team used lean thinking to design a work process that they'd never done before and under the constraints posed by the pandemic. More »
How Hospitals are Leveraging Visual Management in the Battle Against Covid-19
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. Part 2 of a 7 part series, Fighting Covid-19 with Lean Healthcare. More »
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