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Just-in-Time Roundup: Great Lean Reads Across the Web (Vol.9)

Our picks for interesting lean reads, this time from Modern Healthcare, Harvard Business Review, Bloomberg View, and Nikkel Blaase.

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Just-in-Time Roundup: Great Lean Reads from Across the Web (Vol. 13)

Our latest collection of lean reads from around the web, this time featuring articles from The Wall Street Journal, the Cornell Chronicle, and ModernHealthcare.com.

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Just-in-Time Roundup: Great Lean Reads from Across the Web (Vol. 14)

Our editor's latest pics for great lean reads from across the web, this month from Forbes, IndustryWeek, and The New Yorker.

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Lexicon Term

Just-in-Time Production

A system of production that makes and delivers just what is needed, just when it is needed, and just in the amount needed. JIT and…

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eBook

The Birth of Lean: Conversations with the Founders of TPS

Fascinating interviews with the founders of lean. Learn about the origins of the Toyota Production System from the people responsible for its creation. As its pioneers…

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The Work of Management

Jim Lancaster tells an inspiring and practical business story in his new book, The Work of Management. It’s a close-up, candid look at Lancaster’s personal…

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Why We Believe that Lean is More Than A Manufacturing Approach

Is Lean thinking a thing of the past from glorious manufacturing times in the late twentieth century? Or, on the other hand, is it possible…

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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…

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Misunderstandings About Value Stream Mapping, Flow Analysis, and Takt Time

Value-stream mapping is not flow analysis, but rather a simple tool that guides you through the process of analysis to improve flows and design better…

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How Often Should We Change Takt Time?

Dear Gemba Coach: How often should we change takt time?

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Why We Believe that Pull Flows Are Too Often Overlooked

In this incisive series of articles on the essential value of pulled flow, the lean sensei women argue, in the words of Catherine Chabiron, that…

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Ask Art: What Was Danaher Like In the Early Days of Lean?

In this personal account of launching lean at Danaher, Art Byrne shares a wealth of insights into how to seed an enduring lean culture and…

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Are lean principles universal?

Dear Gemba Coach: Can we really consider Lean principles as Universal? I am currently working on a case study about the tea industry. What we…

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Time To Make Time

When the people in a lean system don't value time, everyone is cheated, says John Shook, in this fascinating reflection on the role that time…

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Why We Believe Lean is Worth Our Unwavering Commitment

Lean provides a powerful alternative to short-term enterprise driven solely by the goal of maximizing profits while externalizing human and environmental costs, argues these leading…

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Is kanban relevant to office work?

Dear Gemba Coach: I understand that kanban is an important part of lean, but I work in an office environment, and it’s hard to see…

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What is the lean approach to quality – is that what six sigma is all about?

Dear Gemba Coach: I’m a frequent reader of your columns and you always seem to emphasize quality first, but I can’t find many books detailing…

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Case Study

Lean Transformation Lives and Dies With Tools and Dies

The story of The Wiremold Company's lean transformation is familiar to many Lean Thinkers. But what isn't as well known is how the company transformed…

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People-First Leadership: A Conversation Between Jim Morgan and Alan Mulally

Leading through challenging times means enhancing your work process and always looking to improve people's lives. Putting people first is just one of the many…

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How Come Toyota Veterans Don’t Use a Roadmap?

Dear Gemba Coach: Recently I spent a few months working with Toyota veterans at an automotive supplier. I was surprised at their approach. I expected…

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