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Do You Practice Routine Personal Development?

Once we learn lean we often start seeing it everywhere, even in places we might least expect it. In this instance, Katie Anderson saw a…

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Leading Lean in Finance at Turner Construction

A finance leader from the largest general builder in the United States explains the benefits of involving the accounting and finance teams in your lean…

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Once More: What is Strategy Deployment, and Why Should You Care?

Strategy deployment helps keep lean practitioners focused on the prize—creating value for the customer, says Pascal Dennis in the foreword to his Getting the Right…

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Why does kaizen feel like chaos?

Dear Gemba Coach: Why does kaizen always feel so destabilizing?

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An interview with Gary Convis on A3 thinking and lean leadership

Lean veteran Gary Convis explains how the A3 report serves as a flexible tool that develops leaders and aligns important goals across plants, divisions, and…

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Building the Mindset and Skillset to Improve from the Board Room to the Classroom

A school district superintendent describes how lean thinking and practice transformed a failing district into a nationally recognized model of continuous improvement.

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2021's Top Posts: Insights that Will Enhance Your Lean Thinking and Practice

This year's most popular Lean Posts feature thought leadership and guidance on several issues that are challenging for even the most advanced lean practitioner.

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CRIISSP: The Lean Route to a Superior Stock Market Valuation

Long-term lean thinker and investment guru Cliff Ransom shares a seven-letter acronym, CRIISSP, to help identify the key (and most valued) qualities of superior lean…

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Spring Spotlight: Creating the Purposeful Enterprise

Information and insights that explore the many facets of this fundamental lean concept. A compilation of the articles published as part of an occasional series…

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How the A3 Process Developed to Help Build Better Managers

One of the hallmarks of a successfully executed A3 process is that it is a collaborative activity--a learning process for everyone involved: for learner and…

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Do you use Japanese terms in your lean transformation or purposely avoid them? Why?

Recently we asked our community "Do you use Japanese terms in your lean transformation or purposely avoid them? Why?" Below is a list of all…

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What topics, tools, and techniques would you include in an MBA-level course on teaching lean concepts?

Dear Gemba Coach: I am designing an MBA-level course to teach lean concepts.  What topics, tools, and techniques would you include in a 7-week, 14-session…

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What's wrong with taking a tools approach to lean management?

Dear Gemba Coach: I keep hearing that a tool approach to lean is wrong, but tools deliver results – how can that be wrong?

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Review: Designing the Future

In his review of the new book Designing The Future, Michael Ballé points out that it “makes clear the central lean concept in product development:…

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Book Review: Designing the Future

Forget frameworks, processes, rote step methods. Read this book and think back to the “Why?” before the “What?” and “How?”: companies live or die on…

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Diving Deeper into the Toyota Way: A Podcast with Jeff Liker

Professor Jeff Liker discusses the new, second edition of his classic book The Toyota Way on WLEI, the LEI podcast.

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Mark Reich

Mark supports new product development and the Co-Learning Partnerships program, assisting companies engaged in lean transformation. Since joining LEI in 2011, Mark spent five years…

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Why You Need to Understand The Purpose of Purposeful Enterprise

Work with your team to articulate your purpose, as this shared statement will align the many aspects of your pragmatic lean improvement work, says Tom…

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What’s the Problem?: Andrew Lingel Discusses Transforming a Family Business through Knowledge, Grit, and Outrage

In this What's the Problem? podcast with Matt Savas, President Andrew Lingel of United Plastic Fabricating shares how he helped lead a transformation in this…

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