Seeing the Whole Value Stream (Introduction)
Introduction to the workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream
"For years now we have loved to “take a walk” along the entire value stream for a given
product, looking for value and waste. We’ve done this for dozens of products in many
industries and followed streams across the world. We presented our first example in Lean
Thinking (1996) when we drew the path of a humble cola can. This simple product with
only three parts (barrel, top, and “pop-top”) traveled 319 days through nine facilities
owned by six companies in four countries to progress from ore in the ground into the
hands of the customer. Yet during this long march only three hours of value-creating
activities were performed and the great majority of the steps—storing, picking, packing,
shipping, unpacking, binning, checking, reworking, and endless movements of information
to manage the system’s complexity—created no value at all."
Read the rest of the Introduction.
What Do Sensei Actually Do?
What do lean sensei do? Take you to the gemba, discuss what the real challenges are, prescribe exercises, teach PDCA, and push you to the next step, argue the authors of the new book The Lean Sensei.
Kanban As A Learning Strategy
Toyota’s Kanban legacy—and its underlying ideas—have far more direct lineage with today’s digital economy than most folks realize; and capture the core elements of the disruptive lean strategy fueling many of today’s successes.
Lean Thinking at 20, Part 2: A Q&A with Jim Womack and Dan Jones
Twenty years ago Jim Womack and Dan Jones helped launch the lean movement as we know it today with their key book Lean Thinking. Now, for a second day, we have the opportunity to ask the two authors to reflect on how lean thinking and lean practice have evolved since the book appeared. LEI senior editor Tom Ehrenfeld has asked Jim and Dan for their thoughts on a range of topics; please feel free to add your thoughts, comments, and questions.