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Michael Ballé PhD, is a business writer and executive coach, who has studied and guided lean transformations for 20 years. He is Associate Researcher at Télécom ParisTech's Projet Lean Enterprise and the co-founder of the French Lean Institute
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  • Seeing the Work of a Daily Management System
    Daily management systems tap visual elements that expose problems, and also use obeyas as thinking spaces for reflecting on broader challenges, says Michael Balle.
  • What's wrong with taking a tools approach to lean management?
    Dear Gemba Coach,
    I keep hearing that a tool approach to lean is wrong, but tools deliver results – how can that be wrong?
  • How effective is a book club?
    How effective is a book club?
    It really depends where you want to take your lean journey. What are you trying to achieve? A core part of kaizen is not just looking for the results of the physical improvement, but the opportunity to grow, develop people – or self-develop, so that the learning can be applied to every other work situation.