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ASK ART: “Why do you say lean is all about people?”
Lean is all about people, says author and former CEO Art Byrne, who has been successfully turning around companies for over 20 years. That means leaders must transform the way people think and act so everyone sees waste and has the skills to remove it. Such an approach leads to faster growth, higher profits, better quality, and lower costs. Here, Art offers practical advice and examples for why senior leaders should spend their time growing people, not figuring out ways to get rid of them.… More »
Ask Art: Why do you say the CEO needs to become a lean expert?
I realize that this is probably a shocking idea to most CEO’s since they are taught to manage in a traditional way—and are generally rewarded to do so.… More »
Summit Reflections: Knowing What You Need to Improve
"As leaders, sometimes the things that we feel like we can more easily change are not the things that we need to change," writes Katie Anderson. A quote she heard at the recent Lean Coaching Summit in Minneapolis reminded her of this, and she now reflects on that quote and the value it holds for any lean leader.… More »
Coaches Need Improvement Too
"Whether you are a coaching client or a coach yourself," writes Brent Wahba, "you both have decided to pursue the world of continuous improvement, so why wouldn’t continuous improvement apply to continuous improvement itself? Just like everyone else, coaches need improvement too."… More »
You Can't Learn Lean by Talking About It
Larry Navarre, instructor at Kettering University with 20 years experience in industry, shares what he's learned about teaching lean thinking.… More »
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."… More »
Three Core Capabilities in Any Lean Product and Process Development System
"Good development leaders work in earnest to create a 'safe culture' for people to share issues. Working to [drive out fear] is both important and necessary," writes Jim Morgan. "But it is not nearly sufficient for identifying and eliminating technical issues at the optimal time in a development program." Read more.… More »
The Messenger is As Important as the Message
What do people look for in a change agent that will help them be more open to the risky business of letting go of something they know (even if it does not serve them perfectly) and adapting themselves to new requirements and conditions?… More »
From Victim to Partner: The Evolution of a Manufacturing Development System
"Excellence in product development is not 'an engineering thing'; it is an enterprise thing," writes Jim Morgan. And it's helpful to think about manufacturing’s role in PD as something that evolves over time through four general stages until manufacturing becomes a fully participating partner. "Few companies evolve through all stages on their own... " Read more.… More »
Structured Experiments Into the Unknown
"For years we tried to find situations where we could apply lean tools," writes Linus Brodén of HP Tronic, an electronics manufacturer in Sweden. "Our efforts were focused on eliminating waste, almost randomly, but with no clear target. Then we were introduced to the Improvement Kata..." Read more.… More »
Building Capability, Transforming Organizations
How do we improve ourselves as coaches while developing the problem solving capabilities of others? Lean coach Katie Anderson suggests using a personal improvement A3.… More »
PDCA, BML, TMC: Learning Lean From Lean
"Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup – there' a lot of 'lean' out there," writes Matthew Savas. "Is this good or bad?" What's most important, Savas says, is an allegiance to true PDCA. What do you think?… More »
Coaching Effectively Within Takt Time
When time is of the essence and work just needs to be done, how do you help someone improve their work or solve a problem quickly? Jeff Smith shares an example from the shopfloor.… More »
Lean Talks: Lean Thinking at a Knitting Factory in Bali
Mark Donovan, co-founder of the knitwear company Wooden Ships, shares how he's worked to build the problem solving capabilities of his team members.… More »
5 Skills to Strengthen Your Coaching Practice
As we look ahead to this month's coaching summit, here are 5 actions you can take now to become a better coach, change agent, and leader.… More »
Hanging Up My Cape
"Managers and front line workers hustle to work around problems resulting from poorly designed work systems... and with such pride!" writes lean coach Josh Howell. While he remembers them fondly, read why Howell is long past his superhero days.… More »
Real Concurrent Engineering: Developing Engineers and Products Simultaneously
Jim Morgan and Durward Sobek compare and contrast Lean with traditional product and process development.… More »
Veteran Supply Chain Managers Drive Lean Systems Thinking in SoCal
Lean coach and 29 year Toyota veteran Bob Bennett tells us what supply chain management professionals are thinking about in the realm of lean systems thinking.… More »
Are You Making Enough Mistakes?
How comfortable are you making mistakes? Do you make it safe for your team members to make mistakes? Boaz Tamir, Founder of Israel Lean Enterprise Institute, reflects on these questions and more after learning about Menlo Innovations' unique organizational culture.… More »
3 Ways to Follow the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit
This week over 400 people will be gathering in Orlando for LEI's Lean Transformation Summit. This year's theme? Improve the Work, Develop the People. Can't join us in person? Not to worry. Here are three ways to follow the Summit and learn with the lean community.… More »
Managing By Not Wandering Around
“We’re still very early in our journey,” says Dan McDonnell, VP of Operational Excellence at Ingersoll Rand. “But we’re following a transformation model that lets us learn through ideation and experimentation what works and what doesn’t."… More »
The Thinking Behind Toyota's Hiring Process
Lean coach Tracey Richardson reflects on Toyota's hiring process when she joined the company 28 years ago, why it was so unique then, and how she continues to learn from that experience today.… More »
Ask Art: How Should We Staff and Run Kaizen?
"Unless you have some lean knowledge before you launch any kaizen, your traditional ('batch' rather than 'flow') thinking will overwhelm you at every turn," writes lean leadership expert Art Byrne. So just how do run an effective kaizen? Read more.… More »
One Simple Thing You Can Do To Improve Your Coaching
When you put people on the defense, you miss out on a lot more than improved performance and results. Tracey Richardson shares her insights on how to better engage your best resource--people.… More »
Are You Playing Today’s Game or Yesterday’s?
Are your coaching sessions with your staff inspiring 3-pointers or are they all air? LEI coach Josh Howell has some tips on how to keep your head in the game.… More »
Tee Up Your Continuous Improvement
Despite achieving success across all key metrics early on in their lean journey, ProMed Molded Products still experienced a lack of unity within their organization. Check out how they used game dynamics to increase staff engagement and drive improvement.… More »
Why Mass Training In Anything Doesn't Work
So you’re excited about Lean and want to show your commitment by training all of your people. LEI’s Director of Education Olga Flory says there are more effective ways to teach lean thinking and practice than gathering everyone together in the same room for mass training.… More »
The Hunt for Alligator Eggs
"Like alligator eggs, problems often start small. If you wait a while and ignore them, those eggs hatch," writes Ellis New. "Wait a little longer, and the hatchlings are well on their way to becoming six-footers." How do you prevent this scenario from happening in your organization? Implement TPM (Total Productive Maintenance).… More »
Standardized Vacation
Mark Donovan, co-founder of the women's knitwear company Wooden Ships, proposes that we all consider vacation as a standardized method to test and develop the capabilities of our organizations.… More »
No Really, Go to the Gemba
LEI coach Danielle Blais explains why it's so important for lean coaches, leaders, and all managers to regularly visit the gemba (the place where the value-creating work actually gets done).… More »
What happens after the lean coach leaves?
Can the team you leave behind build on what you've taught them and maintain momentum? Or will they struggle and quickly revert to their previous way of doing things? Daniel T. Jones, Chairman of The Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, shares his thoughts on how to most effectively plant the seeds of lean.… More »
One of the Best Conversations I've Had With a Manager
Education coordinator and event planner turned entrepreneur Jeanne Dasaro reflects on one of the scariest (and best) conversations she's ever had with a manager.… More »
Adopt or Adapt? When Modifying Lean Makes Sense
One of the key decisions every lean coach, consultant, practitioner, and leader makes is when to fully adopt a particular lean practice or when to adapt it. But how do you make this decision? Author and coach Karen Martin draws from her experience to share her thoughts on the matter.… More »
It's Your Career, Own the Work
If an employee doesn’t have a vision for his or her own career, strengths and weaknesses, and development needs, why should a manager feel an obligation to “push” development on this employee? Mark Reich draws from his many years of experience at Toyota and explains why it's so important for employees to "own" their work.… More »
Why Starting With a Model Area is Key to Lean Transformation
Lean coach Danielle Blais explains why starting small, with one team in one area, is so important to leading an effective lean transformation.… More »
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The Value Stream Manager
Read about and discuss the role of this cross-functional manager.… 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 »
Leadership Q&A: Robert Chapman, chairman and CEO of Barry-Wehmiller Companies, Inc: “Guiding Principles of Leadership”
From the LEI senior executive series on lean leadership: CEO Robert Chapman describes how the company's Guiding Principles of Leadership merge with lean thinking at this $1.1 billion global manufactu… More »
Leadership Q&A: Dr. Jack Billi, associate dean and associate vice president for medical affairs
From the LEI senior executive series on lean leadership: Jack Billi, M.D., associate dean for clinical affairs, University of Michigan Medical School, professor of Internal Medicine and Medical Educa… 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 »
Lean Transformational Leadership Webinar - Follow-up Q & A and Reading List
During the Transformational Leadership webinar, many of you asked for the list of related books and articles that presenter Jim Luckman cited. He has provided the list as a chart at the end of his ans… More »
Strategy Deployment In Action: One Executive's Perspective - Follow up Q & A
Webinar presenters David Brule and Pascal Dennis answer questions from their webinar about strategy deployment on March 12, 2009.… 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 »
Continuous Improvement Using Personal Kanban
A simple, effective management system for digging out of work -- and staying dug out -- to achieve higher quality, better productivity, greater job satisfaction, and peace of mind.… More »
Gemba Walks, 2nd Edition (audiobook)
A collection of essays read aloud by author Jim Womack, based on the many gemba walks he has taken around the world. The 2nd edition contains 12 new essays, including thoughts on lean in healthcare an… 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 »
Birth of Lean, The (eBook)
Are You Playing Today’s Game or Yesterday’s?
Are your coaching sessions with your staff inspiring 3-pointers or are they all air? LEI coach Josh Howell has some tips on how to keep your head in the game.… More »
Tee Up Your Continuous Improvement
Despite achieving success across all key metrics early on in their lean journey, ProMed Molded Products still experienced a lack of unity within their organization. Check out how they used game dynamics to increase staff engagement and drive improvement.… More »
Why Mass Training In Anything Doesn't Work
So you’re excited about Lean and want to show your commitment by training all of your people. LEI’s Director of Education Olga Flory says there are more effective ways to teach lean thinking and practice than gathering everyone together in the same room for mass training.… More »
The Hunt for Alligator Eggs
"Like alligator eggs, problems often start small. If you wait a while and ignore them, those eggs hatch," writes Ellis New. "Wait a little longer, and the hatchlings are well on their way to becoming six-footers." How do you prevent this scenario from happening in your organization? Implement TPM (Total Productive Maintenance).… More »
Standardized Vacation
Mark Donovan, co-founder of the women's knitwear company Wooden Ships, proposes that we all consider vacation as a standardized method to test and develop the capabilities of our organizations.… More »
No Really, Go to the Gemba
LEI coach Danielle Blais explains why it's so important for lean coaches, leaders, and all managers to regularly visit the gemba (the place where the value-creating work actually gets done).… More »
What happens after the lean coach leaves?
Can the team you leave behind build on what you've taught them and maintain momentum? Or will they struggle and quickly revert to their previous way of doing things? Daniel T. Jones, Chairman of The Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, shares his thoughts on how to most effectively plant the seeds of lean.… More »
One of the Best Conversations I've Had With a Manager
Education coordinator and event planner turned entrepreneur Jeanne Dasaro reflects on one of the scariest (and best) conversations she's ever had with a manager.… More »
Adopt or Adapt? When Modifying Lean Makes Sense
One of the key decisions every lean coach, consultant, practitioner, and leader makes is when to fully adopt a particular lean practice or when to adapt it. But how do you make this decision? Author and coach Karen Martin draws from her experience to share her thoughts on the matter.… More »
It's Your Career, Own the Work
If an employee doesn’t have a vision for his or her own career, strengths and weaknesses, and development needs, why should a manager feel an obligation to “push” development on this employee? Mark Reich draws from his many years of experience at Toyota and explains why it's so important for employees to "own" their work.… More »
Why Starting With a Model Area is Key to Lean Transformation
Lean coach Danielle Blais explains why starting small, with one team in one area, is so important to leading an effective lean transformation.… More »
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