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Building People-Focused Problem-Solving Capacity
By: Lean Leaper | September 21, 2020
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While Lean promises robust solutions to the most pressing of problems, it’s core promise offers something even more enduring: the organizational capacity to frame and face problems in a dynamic manner. This piece explores how the best lean organizations discover that disciplined lean practice helps develop a capacity to explore, learn, and indeed, solve problems by everyone. More »
Lean Thinking's Past, Present, and Future: A Q&A Roundtable with Jim Womack and Jim Morgan
By: Lean Leaper | September 18, 2020
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To close each week of the Lean Enterprise Institute's Virtual Lean Learning Experience 2020 (VLX), we bring together the week's speakers for a Q&A and discussion on Zoom. The panel ending the Kickoff Week covered a wide range of topics. Here's an excerpt. More »
Ask Art: What Was Danaher Like In the Early Days of Lean?
By: Art Byrne | September 17, 2020
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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 business system. More »
Lean Management Leaders Weigh in on Climate Change, Coronavirus, Innovation, and More
By: Chet Marchwinski | September 16, 2020
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Jim Womack, founding CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI), and Jim Morgan, an experienced product development executive, explained how lean management practices could solve today’s toughest challenges during keynotes at a conference organized by LEI. More »
The Hidden Value of Filling Out the Paperwork
By: Josh Howell | September 15, 2020
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Respect for people--and sustained continuous improvement--begins with something as simple as carefully filling out the paperwork for standardized work, says Josh Howell. More »
View Crises as Manageable Challenges Through Steady Lean Leadership
By: Lean Leaper | September 14, 2020
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If you are using lean to tackle a series of crises, you may not be using lean in the first place, say a range of thinkers who urge leaders to cultivate a shared mindset that seeks problems from every person every day as a means of avoiding unexpected challenges. More »
The Second P in LPPD: Why the Future is About Lean Product and Process Development
By: Lean Leaper | September 11, 2020
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Jim Womack, speaking at the Designing the Future summit in 2019, describes the thinking behind lean product and process development -- and why it's the future of lean thinking & practice. More »
How the Coloplast Parts Distribution Center Reduced its Process Lead Time
By: Roberto Priolo | September 10, 2020
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How the Coloplast Parts Distribution Center in Tatabanya, Hungary, reduced its process lead time from 3 to 14 days to half a day. More »
Tap the Power of Flow to Develop Lean Thinkers
By: Gert Frick and Eivind Reke | September 9, 2020
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Flow is personal--a moment of enrichment, and a mental state. It´s stretching oneself just that little bit extra, not because someone else tells us to, but because we love doing it. Authors Gert Frick and Eivind Reke tie this to the purpose of lean, which is to develop people who have passion for making things (creating and building great products and services), and the skills to make them. More »
No Standard, No Problem? Not Really. It’s a Big Problem
By: David Verble | September 8, 2020
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Learn why the A3 is more than a problem-solving tool, and why it's critical to leading change. More »
How Respect for People Animates the Lean Spirit
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | September 7, 2020
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Practicing respect is an animating force of lean leadership that colors how one coaches and develops people. This roundup of articles from our archives shares a range of voices on this essential practice. More »
The Art of Lean: Use These Tools to Help You Improve a Process, Part 2
By: Art Smalley | September 4, 2020
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Take a closer look into this four-step approach that will help you "pinpoint the tricky parts" of a process as you work to improve it, says Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Inc. More »
Jim Womack Shares a Future-Focused Reflection on 'Machine'
By: Roberto Priolo | September 3, 2020
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Jim Womack shares a future-focused, humble reflection of the groundbreaking book he co-authored with Daniel T. Jones and Daniel Roos, The Machine that Changed the World, during its 30 Anniversary. More »
How Menlo's Virtual Teams Are Lighting the Way Forward
By: Richard Sheridan | September 2, 2020
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While Menlo Software continues to adjust to the never-ending changes caused by COVID-19, founder Rich Sheridan takes solace that they are teeing up these challenges as a team, figuring it out together, and continuing to work with each other across boundaries. More »
Product Development Lessons from a Global Pandemic
By: Jim Morgan | September 1, 2020
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How a Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) approach would accelerate a Covid-19 vaccine. More »
How to Build Resilience Through Sustained Lean Practice
By: Lean Leaper | August 31, 2020
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As the upcoming virtual lean learning experience shows, lean thrives when the individuals using this learning and improvement method leverage its power for long term growth. More »
Lean Enterprise Institute Responds to The Wall Street Journal's Mischaracterization of Just-in-Time
August 31, 2020
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A message from LEI to the Lean Community  More »
LEI Responds to The Wall Street Journal's Mischaracterization of Just-in-Time
By: Lean Leaper | August 31, 2020
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LEI's response to the August 21 Wall Street Journal article that mischaracterized Just-in-TIme. More »
Understanding Lean Product and Process Development: An LEI Explainer Video
By: Lean Leaper | August 28, 2020
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Learn what Lean Product & Process Development (LPPD) is, why it's critical in developing successful value streams, why companies struggle to implement its practices and principles -- and where and how to learn more. More »
Exploring the Advantages of Online Learning
By: Lean Leaper | August 27, 2020
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Learn how LEI is tapping into lean ways of learning and leveraging the latest learning technologies in the design of its upcoming Virtual Lean Learning Experience. More »
Enduring Lessons from The Birth of Lean
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | August 26, 2020
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Lean was never conceived as a new and comprehensive system designed to replace conventional enterprise. Rather, as shown in The Birth of Lean, it evolved over years, and then decades, to become what we know it as today. More »
Exploring the Advantages of Online Learning
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | August 26, 2020
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Transcript of "Exploring the Advantages of Online Learning," featuring the Lean Enterprise Institute's Josh Howell, Matt Savas, and Masia Goodman, who share how LEI is tapping into ways of learning and leveraging the latest learning technologies to design its upcoming Virtual Lean Learning Experience. More »
Growing from a Tactical Practitioner to a Strategic Thinker
By: Andrew Quibell | August 25, 2020
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One helpful way to move from being a tactical leader to a strategic one is to suggest that a better alternative exists and put people in a position where they can see the gains to be harvested from change, says Andrew Quibell. More »
Tapping Technology to Boost the Power of Lean: A Talk with Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan
By: Lean Leaper | August 24, 2020
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What principles should guide lean thinkers as they introduce digital tools into their work? How about people, processes, and purpose, say Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan in this WLEI podcast with host Tom Ehrenfeld. More »
When the Toyota Way Meets Industry 4.0
By: Jeffrey Liker | August 24, 2020
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Industry 4.  0 is not a disruptive force that makes TPS irrelevant, but rather can be an enabler that builds on TPS culture and thinking, argues Jeff Liker--a way of viewing technology that is a core principle of productive lean thinking. More »
The Art of Lean: Use These Tools to Help You Improve a Process, Part 1
By: Art Smalley | August 21, 2020
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Learn about this four-step approach that will help you “pinpoint the tricky parts” of a process as you work to improve it. Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Inc.  , reminds us of this practice that’s foundational to lean but not talked about much anymore. Part one of a five-part series. More »
Dueling Methods: 8D and A3
By: David Verble | August 20, 2020
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One of the scores of questions sent in by attendees at our recent webinar on the A3 problem-solving process was what's the difference between it and the 8Ds. Webinar presenter and continuous improvement coach David Verble explains. More »
Ask Art: Why Implement Lean During A Pandemic?
By: Art Byrne | August 19, 2020
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Implementing lean during this pandemic will allow many more companies to emerge from this economic crisis in far better shape than they were in before, says Art Byrne. In fact they will emerge much stronger than if they just tried to ride it out by making small changes to their existing batch approach. More »
Changing Routines
By: Josh Howell | August 18, 2020
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In this article exploring ways to help lead positive change, Josh Howell asks: is pursuing understanding and conviction part of your influence or change model? Does your operating system enable it at the frontline, closest to the customer? And if not, what are the consequences? More »
How to Develop Healthy Habits for Mindful Coaching
By: Lean Leaper | August 17, 2020
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Powerful lean coaches help others create productive habits that over time produce a type of "muscle memory" that forms a foundation for long-term growth and learning. This roundup of articles expanding on this subject ties into the forthcoming Virtual Lean Learning Experience. More »
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