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by Lean Leaper
December 5, 2014

Vote for the Best Lean Post Articles of 2014!

by Lean Leaper
December 5, 2014 | Comments (0)

The end of the year is fast-approaching, so we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the best Lean Posts of the year. And not only reflect, but let you decide on winners for each of the 4 categories we've identified and hand out some well-deserved awards.

Our categories are the 4 quality checks we use on every post: Accurate, Helpful, Inspiring, and Interesting. All year you've been clicking these little buttons, letting us know which posts you've found to be valuable and why, and we've been listening. The results for each post are never quite what we expect, which reminds our editorial team how important it is to listen to our reader. In this same spirit of curiosity (and ahem, continuous improvement) and just for kicks, it's time to see which articles have had the greatest impact on Lean Post readers. This will also help us create a better Lean Post for 2015. Let us know what you think and we’ll share the results on Monday, December 22nd. (FYI, voting closes on Wednesday, Dec 15th!)

The views expressed in this post do not necessarily represent the views or policies of The Lean Enterprise Institute.
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Most Accurate

1. Ask Art: How Much Lean Training Should We Be Doing?
by Art Byrne
Why aren't more companies successful at Lean? Art Byrne says it has to do with an over-focus on planning and not enough learning-by-doing. "They don’t trust that a rapid kaizen approach is still the most effective way to become a lean enterprise," he writes.
 
23%
2. Communicating With Respect
by Alice Lee
Effective communication is key when it comes to lean learning. Give people too much information, too soon and you lose them, Alice Lee says. Give them too little, too late and they'll get bored. In both cases, you run the risk of people not feeling respected by you. Read what Lee suggests doing instead.
 
39%
3. The Difference a Visual Cue Makes
by Tracey Richardson
At work and off the clock, visual cues and andons keep us safe and aware of what's going on at all times. How do you use visual cues to alert yourself and others to problems and/or improve your work?
 
38%
 

Most Helpful

1. Doing Lean Versus Becoming Lean
by Jim Luckman
"We know from experience that Lean is fundamentally driven by a change in company culture," writes Jim Luckman, "not a methodological 'application' of the Lean tools." Use this piece to find out if you're "doing" Lean or truly becoming lean.
 
34%
2. Reinforcing Lean Behavior Through Visual Management
by Doug Bartholomew
"Without having a visual management perspective in place, it’s difficult for people to know what good is, what the standard is, and whether it is being maintained," says Mark Hamel. "People need to be able to tell if they have a problem. Visual controls are part of that."
 
10%
3. Reinforcing Lean Behavior Through Visual Management
by Mark Hamel
"Without having a visual management perspective in place, it’s difficult for people to know what good is, what the standard is, and whether it is being maintained," says Mark Hamel. "People need to be able to tell if they have a problem. Visual controls are part of that."
 
10%
4. Test Your PDCA Thinking By Reading Your A3 Backwards
by Tracey Richardson
Pretty sure you've got a good A3, but want to test the logic of your thinking? Want some help coaching another person through their A3 thinking? Tracey Richardon shares her wisdom.
 
46%
 

Most Inspiring

1. A Lean Transformation Model Everyone Can Use
by Joshua Rapoza
John Shook explains LEI's Lean Transformation Model, offering 5 questions you'll want to think about and share with your team to guide your own lean transformation.
 
31%
2. Hanging Up My Cape
by Josh Howell
"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.
 
7%
3. Standardized Work for Kaizen: Define, Achieve, Maintain, Improve
by Tracey Richardson
We can all agree that kaizen (continuous improvement to create more value with less waste) is important, but do you have standardized work for kaizen? What are the actual process steps for kaizen?
 
61%
 

Most Interesting

1. Are We "Doing Lean" All Wrong?
by Brent Wahba
"Somewhere in Ohio is a small healthcare management company that is the best Lean company, EVER," says Brent Wahba. Why? "Because they seemed highly unlikely to succeed," he writes, and "followed a path that would make nearly any traditional sensei convulse."
 
22%
2. Gemba Walks: Are You Going To See or To Be Seen?
by Dave LaHote
"Supervisors talked about the significant improvements they were making as a result of kaizen events," writes Dave LaHote, "But all I noticed was workers trying to keep up with a production process that looked out of sync, plagued by problems that got in the way of them being able to perform their jobs well." Read more.
 
25%
3. The Thinking Behind Toyota's Hiring Process
by Tracey Richardson
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.
 
52%
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