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Learning a New Skill II - The Learning Curve
This month's 10-minute TK video (by Mike Boyd and his wife) is a clever visual description of the typical learning curve we go through in acquiring any new skill – whether it's… More »
Learning a New Skill II - The Learning Curve
This month's 10-minute TK video (by Mike Boyd and his wife) is a clever visual description of the typical learning curve we go through in acquiring any new skill – whether it's… More »
Ask Art: How is Lean A Time-Based Strategy?
Ask Art: How is Lean A Time-Based Strategy?
Operating lean is the best way to compete on time, says Art Byrne, who notes that every time you remove waste you shorten the time and resources to do something. Lean is not a cost reduction program. Although you’ll get plenty of that as a side benefit, it is strategic, and over time creates unfair competitive advantage for you. More »
Dear Gemba Coach,As a business unit director, I am fully on board with lean, do gemba walks and support kaizen projects. But I find my managers are slow to take an interest and… More »
Dear Gemba Coach,As a business unit director, I am fully on board with lean, do gemba walks and support kaizen projects. But I find my managers are slow to take an interest and… More »
The Lean Digital Transformation webinar with Bruno Guicardi, co-founder and president of technology services company CI&T, drew a global audience that submitted hundreds of questions, many more than he could answer during the hour-long presentation. We selected questions that represented the main issues you wanted to know more about for this follow-up Q&A with Bruno. More »
People Are Not Cars
People Are Not Cars
Tyson Ortiz's challenge in helping his son through a heart transplant clarified to him what a healthcare provider said: "People are not cars." And yet he learned that the key to better outcomes, in both business and health, can be found in growing the ability to think and act with a PDSA mindset. More »
As you think about your 2019 resolutions, ask yourself if you’re making the change too big and, therefore, too scary, suggests Mark Graban. Instead of feeling dejected, take the “kaizen” advice of making the change small. More »
Should producing products with zero defects be my top goal?
Dear Gemba Coach,  Is zero defects really the first goal? The number of defects doesn’t necessarily relate to the user’s experience with a product, does it? More »
Should producing products with zero defects be my top goal?
Dear Gemba Coach,  Is zero defects really the first goal? The number of defects doesn’t necessarily relate to the user’s experience with a product, does it? More »
To create a "turbo-charged product-creating machine, start by designing clear processes with useful tools and a “people first” culture--which form a socio-technical system underpinned by deep principles. More »
It is important to work hard at building a high-performance team. Not only does it lead to better performance outcomes, but it is also a tremendous personal experience. Pay, benefits, and personal growth opportunities have to be competitive, but all else being equal, most people will choose to be part of a high-performance team. More »
What do you do when your advice is wrong?
Dear Gemba Coach,  How do you handle it when you find out you’ve been wrong; when you’ve advised people to do something that you later discover wasn’t right? More »
What do you do when your advice is wrong?
Dear Gemba Coach,  How do you handle it when you find out you’ve been wrong; when you’ve advised people to do something that you later discover wasn’t right? More »
We (Lean Sensei Women) are a group of women from different continents, horizons, and professions who share a commitment to the development of people. We believe that people-free services and plant floors prevent meaningful learning from happening, and that digital systems will always require people and the capacity for human learning. More »
Soliciting Suggestions in Ways That Don't Backfire
Soliciting Suggestions in Ways That Don't Backfire
Sometimes well-intentioned lean activities like asking for suggestions can backfire; Cheryl Jekiel shares specific ways to prevent mishandling ideas from your people. More »
We get good results with kaizen, but why don't they stick?
Dear Gemba Coach,  Our teams have good results with kaizen, but nothing seems to stick for long – any advice? More »
We get good results with kaizen, but why don't they stick?
Dear Gemba Coach,  Our teams have good results with kaizen, but nothing seems to stick for long – any advice? More »
Transformative Steering
After three years of working with learning partner companies, LEI’s Lean Product and Process Development group observed that the companies most successful in starting and sustaining lean principles in product development all had one thing in common – an effective steering team. Program Manager Eric Ethington reports on four foundational elements your steering team must have. More »
Standardized Work or Kaizen? Yes
Standardized Work or Kaizen? Yes
Some lean folks LOVE to quote the Taiichi Ohno observation that “there is no kaizen without standards," notes John Shook, adding that it is less noted but equally true that “there is no maintenance of standards without kaizen.” More »
Lean requires teamwork, and so getting your senior management team on board requires a great deal of work, including new mindsets, exposure to lean practice, and shifts in everything from how sales are conducted to how team leaders lead at the gemba, says Art Byrne. More »
How can I make sure my teams do kaizen the right way?
Dear Gemba Coach,  How can I make sure my teams do kaizen the right way? More »
How can I make sure my teams do kaizen the right way?
Dear Gemba Coach,  How can I make sure my teams do kaizen the right way? More »
"What Did I Transform Today?"
"What Did I Transform Today?"
A lean approach to coaching is incomplete if nothing has changed for the better, says Josh Howell, who shares how he learned that it is not enough to only think, talk, write, and draw. Best to conclude each day by asking yourself, "What did I transform today?" More »