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Shook Addresses Current State of Lean Thinking After U.S-Turkey Tiff Compels Keynote Countermeasure
Indefatigable presenter John Shook quickly made this video as a countermeasure to being denied entry to Turkey, where he was scheduled to keynote an Istanbul conference.… More »
SBP Has a Helping Hand in Hurricane Harvey
Learn how SBP (formerly Saint Bernard Project) is using lean to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters -- plus what you can do to help!… More »
Small Batch: Hand-Picked Articles from the Global Lean Community (Vol. 1)
A roundup of the best recent articles and case studies from our friends at Planet Lean - this time from Brazil, Iceland, and Poland.… More »
Lean Principles Are Changing How the U.S. Recovers from Tornadoes & Floods
When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, they uncovered tens of thousands of homes in devastated areas such as St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, that needed rebuilding. But the subsiding waters also exposed a rebuilding process that needed rethinking.… More »
Sam MacPherson on the Green Beret Way to Develop Leaders
Training leaders to perform at high levels during a lean transformation or in the Army’s vaunted Green Berets has more in common than you think, according to retired Special Forces commander Sam MacPherson. Chet Marchwinski sits down with MacPherson to talk leadership and learning.… More »
Two Years in Tanzania and a Whole New Understanding of Purpose
Mike Grogan quit his job in corporate America and moved to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where he began working with a nonprofit healthcare organization that provides disability and maternal healthcare services. Read what Grogan learned from the experience about organizational transformation, how to make an impact, and himself.… More »
Jim Womack and Dan Jones on the Evolution and Future of Lean
At the UK Lean Summit last month, Roberto Priolo caught up with Jim Womack and Dan Jones to talk about the current and future state of the lean movement. Watch the full interview or read key insights from Womack and Jones.… More »
Just-In-Time Roundup: Great Lean Reads from Across the Web (Vol. 2)
Check out our editors' picks for great lean reads you may have missed, featuring stories from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and our friends at Lean Enterprise Academy (UK) and Planet Lean.… More »
Using TWI Job Instruction to Supplement CDC Guidelines
"Healthcare organizations across the country have been implementing lean practice into their work, but not without some resistance," writes Patrick Graupp. One thing fighting the Ebola virus reminds us is the "reality that much of the work in healthcare can and should follow standard practice," Graupp says. Read more.… More »
Framing Art and Science: What Lean Knowledge Are We Going to Create Together?
"What is the purpose of lean product development? Where are its limits? Who plays, and what is 'out of bounds?' Such an identity 'crisis' is thrilling to see. It is the hallmark of an emerging science," writes Terry Barnhart. Read Terry's thoughts on the challenge ahead for the lean community in terms of sharing lean product and process development concepts with the world.… More »
PDCA, BML, TMC: Learning Lean From Lean
"Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup – there' a lot of 'lean' out there," writes Matthew Savas. "Is this good or bad?" What's most important, Savas says, is an allegiance to true PDCA. What do you think?… More »
Closer Collaboration for a Leaner Planet
Roberto Priolo, editor of Planet Lean, makes the case for lean learning and collaboration across the globe.… More »
Looking Back and Ahead at The Lean Transformation Summit
Read the highlights from the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit in Orlando (featuring transformation stories from companies like GE, Cardinal Health, and Food Bank For New York City) and tell us what you'd like to see and learn at next year's summit!… More »
Beyond Lean: Towards Compression Thinking
"Lean thinkers make things better by framing issues as Problems," writes Doc Hall. "Yet today our great challenges transcend corporate Problems. The core Problems confronting the entire global community call for thinking that goes beyond what we consider 'Lean.'"… More »
Opportunity Lost?
President of Lean Institute Brasil, José Ferro, gives us the background situation on the World Cup and tells us about the problems and opportunities it presents for Brazil.… More »
Japanese Cult Invades Saskatchewan Government
Lean has become a political football in the normally congenial province of Saskatchewan. Read what John Shook has to say about the matter.… More »
Show Me the Money!
In his latest piece for the Post, Michael Ballé writes, "If we don’t get better at showing explicitly where the gains of lean thinking and practice lay, why should managers listen?"… More »
Hooray for Honda
"We in the lean movement talk an awful lot about Toyota. But Honda has always been my favorite company in the lean universe," writes Jim Womack. "They were enormously helpful to me and the MIT research team... and they were the first to apply lean logic in creating a global production and engineering system."… More »
The Best Lean Post Articles 2013: Editors’ Picks
A roundup of high value-added stories you may have missed from The Lean Post in 2013, but should bookmark for a rainy (or polar vortex) day, plus some great lean reading and learning from around the web.… More »
The Fight for the Meaning of Lean
"It seems like every one and their dog is doing Lean," writes Michael Ballé. "But what 'Lean' are we talking about? Is it the 'to develop products we need to develop people' Lean... Or is it the 'improve productivity to reduce costs' Lean corporate types like. Or both?"… More »
On Lean Production's 25th Anniversary: Candid Reflections
At the 2013 AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) conference three management thought leaders (Jim Womack, Dan Jones, and John Shook) sat down for a wide ranging conversation about Lean’s current and future states.… More »
One Year Later, How Toyota Has Helped Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
There are few processes that are more critical to get right than those involved in disaster relief. Check out how Jamie Bonini and Lisa Richardson from TSSC have helped to improve food distribution processes for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.… More »
Where Lean Meets Innovation
"Many people see Lean purely as an improvement method, not a total enterprise solution or a new way of doing business," writes José Ferro. "In reality, it's a new method of production and a new way to organize the whole enterprise."… More »
Now What Do We Call the Karaoke Bar?
We asked the lean community to sound off on whether or not they favored using Japanese terms in their lean transformations. The results were interesting and far ranging.… More »
What do YOU want to read on The Lean Post?
Lex Schroeder, Managing Editor of The Lean Post, shares a few of her own reflections on The Lean Post since LEI launched the site in June 2013 and invites you to send along your ideas and feedback.… More »
Solving Problems Across Political Divides
On Tuesday, the US Government shut down for the first time in 17 years. What opportunity for lean thinking does this present? Read what LEI's COO John O'Donnell has to say.… More »
Why Social Entrepreneurship is Dead
Despite all the hype, entrepreneur Nathan Rothstein (of Project Repat) believes social entrepreneurship is dead. Read what he recommends for those of us looking to make a social impact through business.… More »
Continuously Improving Lean IT at Toyota
Pierre Masai, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor Europe, weighs in on the changing face of Lean IT and shares his thoughts for pushing the field forward.… More »
Waste-Free Capitalism
In his first piece for The Lean Post, lean thought leader and LEI author Michael Ballé shares Toyota's lessons for society at large and calls for a rethink to capitalism as we know it.… More »
Managing the Wisdom of the Many
"Lean organizations that depend on the qualities of rare individuals face multi-dimensional risks," writes Boaz Tamir, President of Israel Lean Institute. In his first piece for the Post, Tamir calls for the integration of individual capabilities and team synergy as we seek to build successful 21st century businesses.… More »
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What is the Theory of Constraints, and How Does it Compare to Lean Thinking?
Read about and discuss this topic.… More »
The Beginner’s Guide To Lean
Dan Jones, chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy and coauthor of Lean Thinking, explains that the challenge of lean is to advance beyond eliminating waste in broken processes to creating brilliant p… More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (eBook)
For the tens of thousands of users of value-stream mapping at the facility level, Seeing the Whole Value Stream provides the logical next step, extending the field of view all the way up and down the … More »
The Machine That Changed the World
When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Today Toyota is passing GM as the world's largest auto maker and is the most consistent… More »
Hooray for Honda
"We in the lean movement talk an awful lot about Toyota. But Honda has always been my favorite company in the lean universe," writes Jim Womack. "They were enormously helpful to me and the MIT research team... and they were the first to apply lean logic in creating a global production and engineering system."… More »
The Best Lean Post Articles 2013: Editors’ Picks
A roundup of high value-added stories you may have missed from The Lean Post in 2013, but should bookmark for a rainy (or polar vortex) day, plus some great lean reading and learning from around the web.… More »
The Fight for the Meaning of Lean
"It seems like every one and their dog is doing Lean," writes Michael Ballé. "But what 'Lean' are we talking about? Is it the 'to develop products we need to develop people' Lean... Or is it the 'improve productivity to reduce costs' Lean corporate types like. Or both?"… More »
On Lean Production's 25th Anniversary: Candid Reflections
At the 2013 AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) conference three management thought leaders (Jim Womack, Dan Jones, and John Shook) sat down for a wide ranging conversation about Lean’s current and future states.… More »
One Year Later, How Toyota Has Helped Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
There are few processes that are more critical to get right than those involved in disaster relief. Check out how Jamie Bonini and Lisa Richardson from TSSC have helped to improve food distribution processes for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.… More »
Where Lean Meets Innovation
"Many people see Lean purely as an improvement method, not a total enterprise solution or a new way of doing business," writes José Ferro. "In reality, it's a new method of production and a new way to organize the whole enterprise."… More »
Now What Do We Call the Karaoke Bar?
We asked the lean community to sound off on whether or not they favored using Japanese terms in their lean transformations. The results were interesting and far ranging.… More »
What do YOU want to read on The Lean Post?
Lex Schroeder, Managing Editor of The Lean Post, shares a few of her own reflections on The Lean Post since LEI launched the site in June 2013 and invites you to send along your ideas and feedback.… More »
Solving Problems Across Political Divides
On Tuesday, the US Government shut down for the first time in 17 years. What opportunity for lean thinking does this present? Read what LEI's COO John O'Donnell has to say.… More »
Why Social Entrepreneurship is Dead
Despite all the hype, entrepreneur Nathan Rothstein (of Project Repat) believes social entrepreneurship is dead. Read what he recommends for those of us looking to make a social impact through business.… More »
Continuously Improving Lean IT at Toyota
Pierre Masai, Vice President and Chief Information Officer of Toyota Motor Europe, weighs in on the changing face of Lean IT and shares his thoughts for pushing the field forward.… More »
Waste-Free Capitalism
In his first piece for The Lean Post, lean thought leader and LEI author Michael Ballé shares Toyota's lessons for society at large and calls for a rethink to capitalism as we know it.… More »
Managing the Wisdom of the Many
"Lean organizations that depend on the qualities of rare individuals face multi-dimensional risks," writes Boaz Tamir, President of Israel Lean Institute. In his first piece for the Post, Tamir calls for the integration of individual capabilities and team synergy as we seek to build successful 21st century businesses.… More »