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Coach's Corner: How to Design a Knowledge-Sharing System
Does your organization have a knowledge-sharing system that nobody uses? Here's how to fix that, according to LEI Senior Lean Coach Katrina Appell. More »
Purpose, Process, People
Purpose, Process, People
When evaluating your lean efforts, Jim Womack suggests that you examine your purpose first of all, and then your process and then your people. More »
Are You Making Good Products…by Making Good People?
The best way to hone your employees' technical skills and problem-solving chops is to challenge them to make the right products in the right way for the right customers, asserts Michael Ballé in this snippet from an LEI Book Club Webinar. More »
Serving Up Lean with a Southern-Fried Kick
How Haven Hot Chicken drove out waste and launched a successful restaurant during a pandemic. More »
Contributor's Corner: Learning with 10X Speed at US Synthetic
Making learning and knowledge reuse part of the work accelerates product and process development -- and helps keep you ahead of the competition, asserts Ken Bertagnolli, the VP of R&D at US Synthetic. More »
Are You Creating the Right Environment?
Turner Construction is working hard to develop the "right environment" in which productive lean inquiry is baked into the working space of each situation their team is facing, writes Josh Howell. More »
A Time for Remembrance and Thanks
Today, LEI is honoring the United States' observance of Memorial Day. More »
How Building in Learning and Knowledge Reuse Improves Product Development Success
Three leading practitioners share successful examples of how they built learning and knowledge reuse into their development process. More »
How to Save Time and Money in Innovation by Reusing Knowledge
Massive books of knowledge or huge lists weren’t very effective ways of getting the engineers he managed to reuse knowledge, notes Jim Morgan, PhD, a product development executive and author. In a Q&A with engineers, he offers tips on a better way: build current knowledge right into the work engineers do. More »
Why You Need to See the Entire System
Why You Need to See the Entire System
This essay from the LEI workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream will help any value-stream team share costs and gains, and create win-win-win outcomes for every value stream participant. More »
Combat the Ninth Waste of Overthinking
Combat the Ninth Waste of Overthinking
Overthinking should be considered yet another form of waste that true lean practice can identify and eliminate, argues Dan Prock, who shares tangible ways you can think about the right things. More »
Exploring When More is Not Better with Roger Martin
How lean thinking could help address America's wealth and power gap. More »
Videos from WLEI: Deep Dives on the Factory Floor with Cliff Ransom
Cliff Ransom walks through a factory with us, emphasizing how lean thinking improves the quality and efficiency of the work at hand. More »
Embracing Standard Work in Lean Accounting: An Interview with Mark DeLuzio
How standard work catalyzes continuous improvement in lean accounting and finance -- and any other work area. More »
Ask Art: Why Switch from Batch to Lean?
Switching from batch production to a complete lean enterprise produces benefits far beyond immediate financial results, argues Art Byrne. Read this for details on your potential gains. More »
LEI In the News: Leading Trade Journal Asks How Lean Principles Performed During the Pandemic
Lean management principles didn’t fail during the pandemic; some companies failed to execute them correctly, especially the practice of just-in-time production, as LEI Senior Coach Mark Reich recently explained to a leading trade journal. More »
Lean Roundup: Hoshin Kanri As a Strategic Force
Hoshin kanri can support and vitalize your strategic vision as well as bolster your ongoing work, writes Tom Ehrenfeld in this Lean Roundup. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 4: Military Science and Leadership
Art takes a look at the military and their methods of teaching to see what lean can borrow, giving the coaching side of lean even more outward inspiration. More »
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Why You Need to See the Entire System
By Dan Jones
May 26, 2021 | 2 Comments
Once Again, Here's Why JIT Matters
By Jeffrey Liker
May 13, 2021 | 5 Comments
10 Principles for Lean Leadership
By Isao Yoshino
April 6, 2021 | 5 Comments
Can You Assess Your Way to Lean?
By Jeffrey Liker
May 10, 2021 | 5 Comments
Combat the Ninth Waste of Overthinking
By Dan Prock
May 25, 2021 | 5 Comments