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An A3 Antidote to the Opiate Epidemic
Opiate use in America has been spiking at an alarming rate. Many healthcare organizations, such as the University of Michigan Medical School, are trying to fight the surge in use by controlling how many opioids they prescribe to their patients. Ryan Howard led a project to curb the number of opiate pills released to their community via the Medical School. Read more.… More »
Making Things Better - Visual Value in Health Information Management
Have you ever struggled to make "invisible work" visual for your leadership? Laura Shue of the University of Michigan Health System certainly has - two years ago she tackled the formidable task of making the value of her Health Information Management department visual for their leaders. How she did it is a fascinating story - read more to see for yourself!… More »
Why Value-Stream Mapping is So Difficult in the Public Sector
Identifying value in an organization isn't the easiest task to accomplish. If you happen to work in the public sector, that fact goes double. Public-sector consultant Gavin Martin has seen his clients struggle to identify value many times - sometimes to the point that their frustration puts their lean transformation at risk of stalling.… More »
It's Not All About the Data on Value-Stream Maps: An Interview with Judy Worth
Data is a critical component of value-stream mapping. But it's not the only component you should be concerned about. All too often we find mappers getting caught up in their efforts to gather data, which can lead to overload and inaccurate mapping. LEI faculty member Judy Worth has seen this many times - here are her perspectives on the root causes and possible countermeasures.… More »
Your Value Stream Map Looks a Little Different...
If you think there’s a different way of applying a tool, ask, “Are we changing the tool to prevent us from changing the organization, or to better ensure change happens?” writes Aaron Hunt, Director of Performance Improvement at Washington Health System. "How do you envision the tools selected from the lean toolbox helping make the improvements?" Read more.… More »
3 Tips for Accurately Assessing Your Current State
"Just because everyone remembers to include the current state [on a value stream map] doesn’t mean it’s always done as well it could be," writes Drew Locher. And he's right. In his latest piece for the Lean Post, Drew shares three tips for avoiding common current-state problems on your value stream maps.… More »
Value Stream Mapping in a Product Development Context: A Q&A with John Drogosz
Lean Product and Process Development Senior Coach John Drogosz answers countless questions about LPPD every day. Now, in his first piece for the Lean Post, he answers one of his most-asked questions: about how to create a value stream map for a PD environment. Read more.… More »
What Too Many Value Stream Maps Completely Miss
Believe it or not, up to half of all the value-stream maps that cross Drew Locher's desk are missing something extremely important. In his first piece for The Lean Post, Drew reflects on what that "missing link" is and a technique to help you include it on your next VSM.… More »
Small Chart, Big Impact: How a Simple Spaghetti Chart Led to Huge Wins at Thrustmaster of Texas
Sometimes the simplest lean concepts can make all the difference in ensuring a successful transformation. Marine-propulsion manufacturer Thrustmaster of Texas found this out after creating a spaghetti diagram to reveal possible waste in an assembly plant. Their findings were staggering - read more.… More »
Every factory needs a value stream map – even Santa's
Ever wondered what the world's most efficient factory is? With a takt time of less than one-third of a millisecond, we may have found our first-place winner. Clues: it's at the North Pole, has over 1.9 billion customers, and is run by a jolly old man with a white beard and red suit. Think you know which factory we're talking about? Check out this fun VSM from Jordan Kempler of Texas and see if you're right.… More »
Your Favorite Lean Posts of 2015!
With 2016 fast approaching, we'd like to take a step back and reflect on the most popular Lean Post articles of 2015. Did your favorite(s) make the list?… More »
Apples & Oranges: Value Stream Mapping in a Low-Volume/High-Mix Environment
"Making improvements using lean principles in a low volume/high mix (LVHM) manufacturing environment can be difficult, especially when trying to determine where to start," writes Aaron Hunt in his first Lean Post article. But it's not impossible. Here's how Aaron mapped the complex value streams at his LVHM organization and opened the doors to next-level productivity.… More »
Lean Thinking for Quicker Police Emergency Response Time
Bob Downing and Erin Magee reflect on the results of a collaborative project they worked on last year when their company was asked by the Newport News City Council to run a process improvement (kaizen) event for the Newport News Police Department.… More »
Value Stream Mapping and Obeya: Key Enablers for Better Product Development
For an organization to be continually relevant and profitable, it needs to develop products and processes that consistently create value. But how exactly do you create the required organizational capabilities and supporting leadership behaviors? Read more.… More »
10 Tips for Getting the Most Value from Value Stream Mapping
Most people see only a small amount of what is to be gained from value stream mapping. "Such an exercise can be a powerful organizational development tool," says Judy Worth, "as well as one for improving value stream performance on quality, efficiency, and safety." Before you embark, keep these 10 key things in mind.… More »
Value Stream Maps and Battle Plans - Are They Worth Nothing?
“I’m reluctant to say maps are nothing, but there’s a difference between maps and mapping," Judy Worth says, paraphrasing Eisenhower’s insight that battle plans meant nothing, but PLANNING for battle was indispensable. “An awful lot of lot of the benefit that comes out of value-stream maps comes from the process of mapping with other people."… More »
Lean Thinking and Information Flow
"Most of my career has been spent on making the production floor more efficient, i.e. the delivery of a product," writes Mary Morgan. "I remember how relieved I felt when I could finally spend time learning and teaching methodologies to improve the delivery of information."… More »
Keep It Simple: Value Stream Map at the Gemba
Sometimes we build value stream mapping up to be a much bigger process than it needs to be, forgetting to include key people in the mapping process. Dave LaHote shares a story of how powerful value stream mapping can be when it's used well.… More »
How to Make Your Supplier Your Lean Partner
Lean practitioner Randy Dobbs says working with suppliers to improve the extended value stream of his company has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. Read Dobbs' advice on how to work effectively with suppliers.… More »
Lean Talks: Learning Proactive Versus Reactive Management
At our Summit, lean practitioners shared stories of meaningful organizational change in about 10 minutes or less. Here's a powerful story from Brenda Kenefick, change agent at University Health Network in Toronto.… More »
Effective Leaders Tackle Challenges Systematically
"It's not enough to simply set a challenge," writes Dario Spinola. "We need effective ways of working toward challenges." Read Spinola's suggestions for using The Improvement Kata approach to guide organizational activities in such a way that they support a strategic purpose that will grow and differentiate your business.… More »
value stream mapping on Lean.org
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 »
The Beginner’s Guide To Lean
Dan Jones, chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy and coauthor of Lean Thinking, explains that the challenge of lean is to advance beyond eliminating waste in broken processes to creating brilliant p… More »
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 »
What is the Theory of Constraints, and How Does it Compare to Lean Thinking?
Read about and discuss this topic.… More »
Nun and the Bureaucrat (Book & DVD), The
The remarkable story of how healthcare professionals found a powerful but unlikely cure for what ails hospitals and healthcare is clearly and invitingly told in The Nun and the Bureaucrat/Good News…Ho… More »
Lean Leap by Auto Supplier Gets Boost from Leaping Figure Skaters
As part of its lean transformation, a Nexteer Automotive plant in Saginaw, MI, is using video and motion analysis software developed for athletes to improve the motions of people and machines.… 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 »
Basic Techniques for Humble Inquiry Questioning
Learn how to switch from trying to be the person out front leading the charge to being someone who utilizes his/her knowledge and experience to coach employees when needed. In other words, try the sen… More »
The Lean Manager
For many companies, the most important problem is not doing lean; it is becoming lean. How can they advance beyond realizing isolated gains from deploying lean tools, to fundamentally changing how the… More »
The Lean Manager (eBook)
An ebook version of The Lean Manager, by lean experts Michael and Freddy Ballé. The sequel to the Ballé’s international bestselling business novel The Gold Mine, The Lean Manager tells the compelling … More »
Lead With Respect
In their third business novel Lead With Respect, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé reveal the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in t… More »
Keep It Simple: Value Stream Map at the Gemba
Sometimes we build value stream mapping up to be a much bigger process than it needs to be, forgetting to include key people in the mapping process. Dave LaHote shares a story of how powerful value stream mapping can be when it's used well.… More »
How to Make Your Supplier Your Lean Partner
Lean practitioner Randy Dobbs says working with suppliers to improve the extended value stream of his company has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. Read Dobbs' advice on how to work effectively with suppliers.… More »
Lean Talks: Learning Proactive Versus Reactive Management
At our Summit, lean practitioners shared stories of meaningful organizational change in about 10 minutes or less. Here's a powerful story from Brenda Kenefick, change agent at University Health Network in Toronto.… More »
Effective Leaders Tackle Challenges Systematically
"It's not enough to simply set a challenge," writes Dario Spinola. "We need effective ways of working toward challenges." Read Spinola's suggestions for using The Improvement Kata approach to guide organizational activities in such a way that they support a strategic purpose that will grow and differentiate your business.… More »