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Coach's Corner: Understanding the Value of a Concept Paper
By: John Drogosz | May 12, 2021
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The Concept Paper's integral role at Toyota hones in on the process, encouraging questions and deeper understandings along the way. More »
Multiply the Improvers in Your Organization Every Day
By: Andrew Quibell | May 11, 2021
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Be prepared to commit the time, patience and tenacity to unleash the power of improvement your organization, says Andrew Quibell. He illustrates how to actively engage all your people. More »
Can You Assess Your Way to Lean?
By: Jeffrey Liker | May 10, 2021
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Using assessments to gauge process is both a flawed approach and potential trap, argues Jeff Liker. He suggests a broader and mindful approach for reaping enduring discoveries and improvements. More »
How Lean Thinking and Practice, Grounded in Purpose, Helped Drive Amazon’s Success
By: Lean Leaper | May 7, 2021
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Marc Onetto shares his experiences in Amazon, underlining the importance of a customer-driven approach in times of heavy demand and production. More »
Visual Replenishment Delivers for Zingerman’s
By: Karen Gaudet and Jonathan Katz | May 6, 2021
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How an online grocery business meets pandemic-related demand increases while maintaining a safe work environment. More »
Front-Load Your Design Process By Using Set-Based Design
By: Jeffrey Liker | May 5, 2021
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Jeffrey Liker highlights the benefits of a set-based design in this in-depth reflection of his time working in product development at Toyota. More »
Are You Narrowing Your Problems Down?
By: Michael Ballé | May 4, 2021
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"Rationality did not lay in higher reasoning powers, in visionary schemes, but in the ability to narrow down problems until one reached the nitty-gritty level at which one could actually do something about them," writes the protagonist of Michael Balle's The Gold Mine. More »
Focus Your Operating System to Bring Your Strategy to Life
By: Jim Morgan | May 3, 2021
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An effective operating system brings strategy to life, argues Jim Morgan. He notes how it synchronizes critical activities, enables the organization to respond quickly to a changing environment and allows plans and teams to move together. More »
Exploring When More is Not Better with Roger Martin
May 1, 2021
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Roger Martin’s terrific new book When More is Not Better proposes tangible suggestions for broadening the economic gains from democratic capitalism. He critiques the concentration of wealth and power that decades of what he calls America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency have generated, proposing tangible measures for business leaders, politicians, educators and citizens to pursue. This transcript captures the conversation between Martin and WLEI Host Tom Ehrenfeld in which he explores lean-adjacent measures that complement his message. More »
Understand Before You Execute
By: Jim Morgan | April 30, 2021
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Leading practitioners share the benefits of understanding this principle of lean product and process development. More »
Understanding the 4S Help Chain, Part 2: Lessons from NUMMI on How to Adapt the Model to Product Development
By: Matt Zayko | April 29, 2021
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How do you create an andon signal for your product and process development process? Matt Zayko, a technical coach for LEI's Lean Product and Process Development team, explains. More »
What Problems Does The Gold Mine Challenge You to Address?
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | April 28, 2021
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Learning begins with self-reflection, a process that can start with group reading and discussion of ideas from lean books. We are launching the LEI book club with a discussion of The Gold Mine, and sharing questions from the book for you to consider. More »
Understanding the 4S Help Chain, Part 1: Lessons from NUMMI on How to Manage Work Disruptions
By: Matt Zayko | April 27, 2021
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What are the four critical characteristics of an effective help chain? Matt Zayko, a technical coach for LEI's Lean Product and Process Development team, explains. More »
Diving Deep to Discover the Value of Lean Companies with Cliff Ransom
By: Lean Leaper | April 26, 2021
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Analyzing companies from a lean perspective can deliver some incredible insight. Just ask Cliff Ransom, whose insights on the value of lean companies are chronicled in this episode of the WLEI Podcast. More »
What are the Three A's of the A3?
By: John Shook and Lisa Yerian, M.D. | April 23, 2021
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John Shook explains the three A's of the A3 in this video clip from the presentation that he and Lisa Yerian, chief improvement officer at Cleveland Clinic, delivered at LEI's Virtual Learning Experience. More »
Insights and Advice from a Lean Accounting Leader
By: Mike De Luca | April 22, 2021
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Why and how to get started integrating lean thinking and practice into accounting and finance at your organization. More »
How Lean Start-ups Can Avoid Big Company Disease
By: Daryl Powell and Eva Rognskog | April 21, 2021
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SATPOS, a lean start-up in Norway specializing in positioning, sensing and monitoring solutions for the ocean is learning to remain agile by observing the effects of BCD on its larger counterparts. CEO Eva Helen Rognskog and Daryl Powell share its progress. More »
Who, or What, Is Your Company Investing In?
By: Josh Howell | April 20, 2021
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After reviewing the stellar work by a frontline supervisor who improved the problem of rotisserie chicken running out of stock, Josh Howell asked: will technology work for your people, or the other way around? More »
Lean Roundup: How Hoshin Kanri Creates a "Line of Sight"
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | April 19, 2021
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"Like anything that is essential to lean, one must understand how hoshin kanri works from the very detailed, elemental levels of the work of the business.  " This article by Tom Ehrenfeld expands on this John Shook, drawing from LEI articles to show how hoshin kanri creates a "line of sight" between one's work and the broader company purpose. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 3: Lessons From Martial Arts
By: Lean Leaper and Art Smalley | April 16, 2021
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In part three of his problem-solving series, Art takes on the techniques (kata) and ways (waza) behind martial arts, revealing necessary coaching practices in the process. More »
How the Study Phase Helps You Create More Value for Your Customers and Less Drama for Your Development Teams
By: John Drogosz | April 15, 2021
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A product development team volunteered to pilot applying lean product and process development principles -- and discovered how critical "understanding before you execute" is to a project's success. More »
Meeting the 19-Billion-Dose Challenge
By: Matt Zayko | April 14, 2021
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What does it take to meet the historic challenge of rapidly increasing the annual global vaccine capacity from 5 billion to 19 billion doses? And how could lean thinking help? More »
Ask Art: How Can I Ensure the Participation of Top Management?
By: Art Byrne | April 13, 2021
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Always keep in mind that to be successful with lean, senior management must drive the change, says lean veteran Art Byrne. He shares evidence of how this evidence has helped him lead numerous lean turnarounds. More »
Create Constancy of Purpose
By: James P. Womack | April 12, 2021
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Looking back on the admirable work of two lean leaders who established constancy of purpose, Jim Womack asks: what would have happened to the world economy if every plant manager and controller had had their constancy of purpose to completely transform an entire management and business system? More »
Diving Deep to Discover the Value of Lean Companies: A Transcript of the WLEI Podcast with Cliff Ransom
April 12, 2021
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Lean done right can dramatically boost the value of any enterprise over the long term, argues Cliff Ransom. For decades Cliff has been analyzing the value of companies by researching and above all visiting them to suss out the integrity of their lean practice. His detailed reports (by his firm Ransom Research) on the performance of companies such as Danaher, GE, Fortive, and many others are closely followed by a passionate slice of the investment world. The following conversation drills down into the lessons learned from looking at public companies through lean-colored glasses. More »
Learning By Doing with Art Byrne
By: Lean Leaper | April 9, 2021
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Art Byrne has the expertise of a lean executive and he's sharing more knowledge than ever in this clip from his most recent webinar. More »
It's Time to See JIT as A Hero Rather than A Villain
By: Ken Eakin | April 8, 2021
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Lean and JIT production have never been the primary causes of materials in the world's supply chains reported over the past year, says Ken Eakin. He explains the true nature of JIT and suggests that it can in fact support powerful solutions that are far more resilient and efficient than we have today. More »
Coach's Corner: The Four Critical Elements of Collaboration
By: Eric Ethington | April 7, 2021
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The building blocks of purpose, process, and more lead to effective collaboration, as Eric Ethington highlights these fundamental elements and the benefits of their implementation. More »
10 Principles for Lean Leadership
By: Isao Yoshino | April 6, 2021
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These ten simple yet powerful leadership principles developed by Isao Yoshino provide wise guidance for any lean practitioner seeking a path of learning and improvement. More »
Form A Bold Strategy for Uncertain Times
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 5, 2021
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Jeff Liker shares a competing values model to help you assess your strategy and focus your operational practices on flawless execution of this path. More »
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