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How to Create a Lean Management Book Club that Executives Will Actually Attend
At the start of a lean transformation, a continuous improvement leader convinced her division president that a book club would be a good way to introduce leaders to lean concepts. Here’s what she did to make the club interesting and valuable for its busy participants, including what worked and what didn’t.… More »
Mapping a Reading List to Lean
We humans want to see what is happening, understand how we and our colleagues best collaborate, solve problems, make good decisions, and have an insatiable desire to be better. This Lean reading list by Jim Benson steps outside the obvious texts and provides offerings with a foundation for these critical skills.… More »
Lean Principles Are the Bread & Butter of this Retail Transformation
Entrepreneurs explain how their chain of bakeries and retail stores used lean continuous improvement to profitably expand, engage employees, and meet growing customer demand for healthier products.… More »
Follow-up Q&A for Jim Lancaster's Work of Management Webinar
“The Real Work of Management” webinar drew very engaged attendees who submitted hundreds of questions. We now present some of the most-frequently asked questions (plus Jim Lancaster's answers) today on the Lean Post.… More »
Working on the Management
Effective daily management is still hard to achieve for most organizations, says Jim Womack. But until line managers start tackling problems first hand as they emerge, rather than deferring and delegating them, basic stability will remain a mirage. Read more in this column from our sister publication, Planet Lean.… More »
A Thriving Community of Practice
"Lean theory and practice are thriving here in early 2017 with the arrival of a small but rich batch of new books," writes LEI Chairman and CEO John Shook. "These recent and upcoming books all bring new ideas and new stories that can help grow and energize the lean community..." Read more.… More »
Thinking About Lean Logic
Only a few months ago the acclaimed book of lean essays, "Lean Logic: A Dictionary for the Future," was re-issued by its publisher. It is a dense but magnificently thorough and informative read, at 656 pages. To help make the book's premise and importance more digestible, the Lean Leaper presents a selection of its most powerful excerpts.… More »
Lean Books Roundup
"Several years back, LEI CEO John Shook discussed the need to explore the “frontiers and fundamentals” of lean..." writes Tom Ehrenfeld. "Three recent books reveal surprising and satisfying ways that these new boundaries are emerging." Read more.… More »
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.… More »
Problem-Solving: One Size Does Not Fit All, Part 2
Just as different types of tires are needed for different road conditions, different types of problem-solving are needed to tackle different problems. Watch this video to hear Art Smalley continue yesterday's video's discussion on problem solving and talk about his forthcoming book, "The Four Types of Problem-Solving."… More »
Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking, by Matthew May
Changing your people's mindsets is possibly the most difficult part of a lean transformation - but it gets easier when you have the right tools. Lean Post Editor Cam Ford saw such a tool in Matthew May's Winning the Brain Game: Fixing the 7 Fatal Flaws of Thinking, and now reflects on the invaluable lessons it holds for a lean audience. Can you also figure out the brainteaser in his article?… More »
I'm Michael Ballé, Ask Me Anything
Ask author and lean coach Michael Ballé anything you wish on lean thinking and practice! He'll be here all day answering YOUR questions!… More »
Book Value: The Lean CEO
Chet Marchwinski reviews Jacob Stoller's book, The Lean CEO, a first-hand testimony from business leaders contesting traditional management practices about everything from accounting to batch size, employee involvement, motivation, leadership, economies of scale, and a raft of other conventional methods… More »
Book Value: What Every Manager Should Know About Training
Jeff Morrow, lean coach and faculty at Bainbridge Graduate Institute, reviews and recommends Dr. Robert Mager's 1999 book, What Every Manager Should Know About Training. Morrow goes on to explain the difference between performance-based training methods and "content" or "awareness-based" training methods.… More »
Book Value: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up
Is clutter at work or at home getting you down? LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld reviews Marie Kondo's new book, "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up" and reflects on what it can teach us about lean practice. "The point is not to be tidy as endgame," he writes. "The point is to tidy up in order to get to where you want to go."… More »
How Lean Tools Support the Principle of Respect (Part 2)
We first met Andy Ward when he was struggling to save his plant from closure in <em>The Lean Manager</em>. Since then he's helped lead a lean transformation; and recently, in <em>Lead With Respect</em>, play sensei to Southcape Software CEO Jane Delaney as she aims to transform her people through the use of lean methods and practice. In this interview Ward shares what he has learned.… More »
How Lean Tools Support the Principle of Respect (Part 1)
We first met Andy Ward when he was struggling to save his plant from closure in <em>The Lean Manager</em>. Since then he's helped lead a lean transformation; and recently, in <em>Lead With Respect</em>, play sensei to Southcape Software CEO Jane Delaney as she aims to transform her people through the use of lean methods and practice. In this interview Ward shares what he has learned.… More »
I'm Michael Ballé, Ask Me Anything
Reddit has mastered the AMA (Ask Me Anything) style post, giving readers a direct line of communication with leading thinkers, artists, and comedians. Here's your chance to ask Michael Ballé, co-author of Lead With Respect, anything about his new book, lean thinking and practice, and the future of management in the 21st century.… More »
Summer Reading
LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld picks his favorite lean books you might want to take to the beach with you this summer.… More »
Using Lean To Fundamentally Rethink How We Develop Products and Services
Jim Morgan (former Global Engineering Director at Ford Motor Company) and Durward Sobek (Professor of Industrial Engineering at Montana State University) discuss the 2nd edition of Lean Product and Process Development.… More »
Book Value: The Mental ABC's of Pitching
It's time for a little lean baseball! Inspired by the Red Sox World Series win, John Shook decided to return to one of his favorite reads, The Mental ABC's of Pitching by H.A. Dorfman.… More »
Book Value: Jim Womack on Ford Methods and Ford Shops
Jim Womack, author of Lean Thinking and founder of The Lean Enterprise Institute, reflects on one of the books that greatly influenced his thinking.… More »
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The Value Stream Manager
Read about and discuss the role of this cross-functional manager.… More »
What is the Theory of Constraints, and How Does it Compare to Lean Thinking?
Read about and discuss this topic.… More »
Lean Thinking: A Look Back and a Look Forward
The meaning of lean thinking, how lean got its name, and an example of how it improved a grinding process By LEI President Jim Womack.… More »
Lean Beyond Production
Read how Lean Thinkers, using the same lean tools that worked in production, now are making improvements and benefits off the plant floor, in environments as diverse as an insurance company, academia,… More »
Leadership Q&A: Dan Ariens, CEO of Ariens Co.
From the LEI senior executive series on lean leadership: In the late 1990s, Ariens Co.faced a blizzard of problems. The iconic maker of snow blowers, mowers, and string trimmers faced a cash-flow cri… More »
The Lean Dentist Webinar Follow-Up Questions & Answers
After reviewing all the questions that we couldn’t get to during the webinar with Dr. Sami Bahri, several key themes emerged, such as lean leadership and how lean tools, such as one-piece flow (or in … More »
Follow-up Q & A to the Webinar “Getting to Everyday Improvement: How to Connect the Science and Culture of Problem Solving”
 The Lean Enterprise Institute's webinar on Getting to Everyday Improvement drew thousands of Lean Thinkers from around the world and hundreds of questions that we didn’t have time to answer during th… More »
Lead with Respect: Practicing Respect for People to Enable Engagement, Teamwork & Accountability
Building a great organization requires effective leadership. It turns out that leadership skills can be learned. A key element that is often misunderstood is what it means to lead with respect. This l… More »
Online - Introduction to Lean Thinking and Practice
This online course serves as an introduction to the key concepts, philosophies, and tools associated with lean thinking and practice. Designed through a joint effort between the Lean Enterprise Instit… More »
Breaking Through to Flow
This is a pathway that helps people make a fundamental change in their thinking and working that is at the heart of lean - moving from batch to flow logic. The Sieve helps to identify the right value … More »
Gemba Walks, 2nd Edition (eBook)
A collection of essays by Jim Womack based on the many gemba walks he has taken around the world. The 2nd edition contains 12 new essays in sectors such as healthcare and government.… More »
Gold Mine, The (audiobook)
An unabridged audio version of The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround, a Shingo Research Prize recipient in 2006.  … More »
I'm Michael Ballé, Ask Me Anything
Reddit has mastered the AMA (Ask Me Anything) style post, giving readers a direct line of communication with leading thinkers, artists, and comedians. Here's your chance to ask Michael Ballé, co-author of Lead With Respect, anything about his new book, lean thinking and practice, and the future of management in the 21st century.… More »
Summer Reading
LEI Senior Editor Tom Ehrenfeld picks his favorite lean books you might want to take to the beach with you this summer.… More »
Using Lean To Fundamentally Rethink How We Develop Products and Services
Jim Morgan (former Global Engineering Director at Ford Motor Company) and Durward Sobek (Professor of Industrial Engineering at Montana State University) discuss the 2nd edition of Lean Product and Process Development.… More »
Book Value: The Mental ABC's of Pitching
It's time for a little lean baseball! Inspired by the Red Sox World Series win, John Shook decided to return to one of his favorite reads, The Mental ABC's of Pitching by H.A. Dorfman.… More »
Book Value: Jim Womack on Ford Methods and Ford Shops
Jim Womack, author of Lean Thinking and founder of The Lean Enterprise Institute, reflects on one of the books that greatly influenced his thinking.… More »
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