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A Daramatization of The Gold Mine (audiobook)
By: Freddy Ballé and Michael Ballé | November 9, 2010
Audio; Books
An unabridged audio version of The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround, a Shingo Research Prize recipient in 2006.    More »
Gold Mine, The (eBook)
By: Ballé, Freddy and Michael Ballé | January 12, 2010
Books
The Gold Mine deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Authors Freddy and Michael Ballé have produced the first integrated and systematic approach to a set of ideas that have maximized value and minimized waste throughout the world. More »
Lead With Respect
By: Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé | July 28, 2014
Books
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 the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement. More »
Lead With Respect (Chapter 1)
By: Balle, Michael and Balle Freddy | July 28, 2014
Articles
Chapter 1 from Lead With RespectIn their new 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 the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement. More »
Lead With Respect (Foreword)
By: Balle, Michael and Balle Freddy | July 28, 2014
Articles
Foreword from Lead With Respect In their new 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 the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement. More »
Lean Manager (eBook), The
By: Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé | September 19, 2011
Books
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 story of plant manager Andrew Ward as he goes through the challenging but rewarding journey to becoming a lean manager. Under the guidance of Phil Jenkinson (whose own lean journey was at the core of The Gold Mine), Ward learns to use a deep understanding of lean tools, as well as a technical know-how of his plant’s operations, to foster a lean attitude that sustains continuous improvement. More »
Review of The Lean Manager by Michael Balle and Freddy Balle
By: Miller, Jon | December 2, 2009
Articles
Gemba Panta Rei blogger Jon Miller offers his review of The Lean Manager, LEI's business novel about a lean transformation that goes beyond the implementation of lean tools to the creation of a lean management system. Overall, Miller found "the main challenge with this book is its length" but noted it succeeds "in making the challenges of applying lean concepts, managing change and personal learning by the characters in this book far more interesting than a textbook or Power Point presentation.  " (Posted at Gemba Panta Rei blog.  ) More »
The Gold Mine
By: Freddy Ballé and Michael Ballé | May 9, 2005
Books
A growing number of successful companies are turning to lean thinking to maintain a competitive edge in a global economy of falling prices, rising quality, and relentless competition. Yet while there are many excellent resources that teach both the tools and principles, no single book addresses what might be the most important lean discipline of all—the human challenge of creating and sustaining the commitment of the people doing the work.  The Gold Mine deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive. Authors Freddy and More »
The Gold Mine Trilogy 4 Book Set
By: Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé
Books
Save $40 when you buy this as a set! ($115 total when books are purchased separately)This 4 Book Set includes:The Gold Mine deftly weaves together the technical and human pieces of implementing lean manufacturing in an engaging story that readers will find both compelling and instructive.  The Lean Manager: A Novel of Lean Transformation reveals how individuals can go beyond the short-term gains from tools, and realize a deeper, sustainable path of improvement.  Lead With Respect, Learn the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in the process, creating the only sustainable source More »
The Lean Manager
By: Michael Ballé and Freddy Ballé | July 29, 2009
Books
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 they operate, think, and learn? In other words, how can companies learn to go beyond lean turnaround to achieve lean transformation?The Lean Manager, by lean experts Michael and Freddy Ballé, addresses this critical problem. This sequel to their international bestselling business novel The Gold Mine, tells the compelling story of plant manager Andrew Ward as he goes through the challenging but rewarding journey to becoming a lean manager. Under the guidance of More »
The Lean Manager (Chapter 1)
By: Ballé, Michael and Freddy Ballé | July 29, 2009
Articles
The Lean ManagerChapter OneCUSTOMERS FIRST“He’s closing the plant!”Closing the plant meant losing his job. Losing his job meant losing Malancourt. Losing Malancourt didn’t bear thinking about.  Driving blindly through the heavy spring rain, Andrew Ward rehearsed how he was going to break the news to his wife. He had dreaded this moment since taking on the job three years ago, but as months and then years had gone by, the fear had receded. Now the monster had suddenly sprung, showing him up for the failure he was.  Read all of Chapter One of The Lean Manager. More »
The Gold Mine - A New Novel About Lean Manufacturing (Book Review)
By: Meyer, Kevin | June 17, 2005
Articles
Review of The Gold Mine by Freddy Ballé  and Michael Ballé from Manufacturers Alliance. Originally published on the Evolving Excellence blog on June 17, 2005. More »
"How to Lead with Respect" -- Follow-Up Q&A to the Webinar
By: Ballé, Michael | September 29, 2014
Articles
At the end of the lean management webinar “How to Lead with Respect,” we had a couple of hundred questions left over that presenter and author Michael Ballé didn’t have time to answer.  After reviewing the questions, several main themes emerged. We’ve selected your questions that best represent those themes and present them here with answers from Michael.  Q:Can you give examples of two improvements that can only happen within relationships to help me better understand this concept?A: Teaching lean thinking to the COO of a new company. In shipping, we start with a Truck Preparation Area --  the logistics More »
5S Again and Again and Again
By: Ballé, Michael | August 7, 2009
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I've just inherited responsibility for our 5S efforts in our company. Any suggestions for how I can get the program back on track? More »
5S, Hygiene, and Healthy Habits
By: Michael Ballé | April 23, 2020
Columns
5S-like practice can uncover hidden beliefs and misconceptions, and pave the way to adopting new hygiene practices – as opposed to arbitrary imposition, argues Michael Balle, adding: In this community, we, of all people, have been trained to do so. Now is the time to start acting on it. More »
A Lean Leap of Faith
By: Michael Ballé | October 8, 2013
Columns
Michael Ballé reflects on a core assumption of Lean that is often disregarded and explains why it is worth taking a lean leap of faith. More »
After improving processes with help from a consultant, how do I sustain kaizen in my department? My teams are hard to motivate.
By: Ballé, Michael | February 17, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: How do I sustain kaizen in my department? We’ve had a consultant help us with workshops, and we did improve our processes, but I struggle with moving to continuous improvement, as my teams are hard to motivate on this. More »
Am I doing lean right? How can I tell?
By: Ballé, Michael | July 20, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’m spending a lot of time at the gemba, but how do I know if I’m doing lean right? More »
Am I doing PDCA correctly?
By: Ballé, Michael | June 30, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: How do I know if I’m doing PDCA correctly? More »
Any advice for a team with a new boss who doesn’t know lean but wants us to switch to agile instead?
By: Michael Ballé | July 8, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: We have a new boss who doesn’t know lean and is asking our lean team to switch to “agile” instead. Any advice? More »
Any advice for how to implement real pull across the company?
By: Ballé, Michael | July 31, 2017
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: My boss, the operations VP, has asked me to implement a pull system across the whole company. I’ve practiced lean for many years and am a division lean officer, but not fully comfortable about real pull – would you have any advice? More »
Any advice for someone (me) in sales who fails to see how lean can help?
By: Balle, Michael | February 26, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Our company has a long history of lean in manufacturing, but I work in the sales department. We have our own sales improvement method, and I fail to see how lean could help, but I’m under pressure to comply and participate in the lean program. Any advice? More »
Any step forward in a lean transformation is a good step -- right?
By: Ballé, Michael | May 2, 2016
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Surely a step forward in a lean transformation is a good thing, even if it’s not completely in the right direction? More »
Any thoughts about lean and Industry 4.0?
By: Michael Ballé | May 14, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: What about lean and digital? Any thoughts? And on Industry 4.  0? More »
Any tips for conducting daily stand-up meetings with my team?
By: Ballé, Michael | January 5, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’ve been told I should conduct daily stand-up meetings with my team to solve problems collaboratively. I’m not sure how to do it — any tips? More »
Are computer screens okay for visual management?
By: Ballé, Michael | June 4, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Can I use computer screens for visual management or is that a big no-no? More »
Are Design Thinking and Lean Thinking the Same?
By: Michael Ballé | January 29, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: As a practitioner and advocate of design thinking, I’ve been curious about lean, but it seems to me we’re talking about the same thing: essentially developing a PDCA mindset in people. Isn’t that the case? More »
Are Lean Managers Teaching Or Just Controlling?
By: Ballé, Michael | July 18, 2012
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I hear what you lean guys are saying about, learning, “kata” and the role of managers as teachers. But in my years at Toyota I was never taught much. I learned a lot, but what my manager would mostly do is check the details of what I did and ask a lot of questions. I felt that it was very controlling. More »
Are lean principles universal?
By: Balle, Michael | October 3, 2011
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Can we really consider Lean principles as Universal? I am currently working on a case study about the tea industry. What we have is a very seasonal, perishable product supposed to be available in various format (tea bags, caddies, pouches). The suppliers being all in Asia the lead times are what they are and I do not even talk about EU regulations imposing all kind of constraints. More »
Are morning team huddles that go on forever a waste of time?
By: Michael Ballé | January 20, 2020
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Our company has made morning team huddles mandatory. I don't see how that helps. On my team, huddles seem to go on forever and feel like a waste of time. Are they? More »
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