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Follow-up Webinar Q&A with Jim Lancaster, Lantech CEO and author of the Work of Management
By: Jim Lancaster | August 7, 2017
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"The Real Work of Management" webinar drew an engaged audience that wanted to know more about the daily management system that CEO Jim Lancaster installed when lean continuous improvement efforts stopped delivering great results. We received hundreds of questions, many more than we could address during the hour-long live session. We selected questions that represented the major topics you wanted to know more about for a follow-up Q &A with Jim More »
Managing Workflow—the Lean Way
By: John Shook, Chairman and CEO, and Alice Lee, executive director, Lean Enterprise Institute | October 21, 2016
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The main responsibility of CIOs and other information technology managers is to create an environment for work to flow, according to John Shook, CEO, Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) and Alice Lee, LEI executive director, writing in CIO magazine. More »
Students “Shocked” that Lean Accounting Isn’t More Widespread
By: Chet Marchwinski | October 19, 2016
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Lean accounting seemed “so logical” to her students that they asked Professor Pencak, winner of a Lean Education Advancement Foundation scholarship, “Why isn’t everybody doing this?” More »
Dear Professor, Am I Ever Glad You Covered Lean in Class!
By: Chet Marchwinski | August 24, 2016
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Since 2008, the Lean Enterprise Institute has sponsored the Excellence in Lean Accounting Award to fund scholarships helping pairs of students and professors attend the annual Lean Accounting Summit. In this series, we talk to past award winners to learn what impact the scholarship and award have had on the teaching and practice of accounting. More »
Accounting for the Lean Accounting Award
By: Chet Marchwinski | August 18, 2016
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In this series, we talk to past winners of the Excellence in Lean Accounting Award to learn what impact the award and the scholarship it supports has had on the teaching and practice of accounting.   More »
Lean Accounting Summit Impacts Dissertation
By: Chet Marchwinski | August 1, 2016
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Since 2008, the Lean Enterprise Institute has sponsored the Excellence in Lean Accounting Award to fund scholarships helping pairs of students and professors attend the annual Lean Accounting Summit. In this series, we talk to past award winners to learn what impact the scholarship and award has had on the teaching and practice of accounting. More »
“The Most Fun I’ve Ever Had in an Accounting Class!” -- Student Reacts to Learning Lean Accounting
By: Chet Marchwinski | February 10, 2016
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Since 2008, the cost for a student and professor to attend the annual Lean Accounting Summit has been offset by the Lean Enterprise Institute’s sponsorship of the Excellence in Lean Accounting Award. LEI talks to  past award winners to see what -- if any -- impact the scholarship has had.    More »
Why Your Lean Journey Needs a Self-Evaluation
By: Doug Bartholomew | January 7, 2016
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Every company on a lean journey needs to occasionally step back and evaluate where they are, where they have gaps in performance, and what steps they can take to close those gaps and achieve their overall goals. More »
Personal Kanban: You Can’t Manage What You Can’t See
By: Drickhamer, David | November 13, 2015
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Learn how to use a personal kanban board to better manage personal and project work, while improving organization, communication, and morale. More »
Practical Guidance for Using Humble Inquiry in PDCA Problem Solving and Coaching
November 13, 2015
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David Verble, a Toyota veteran and LEI faculty member, explains to lean coaches and continuous improvement professionals why "Humble Inquiry" is a core problem-solving skill and how to start using it. More »
How to Lead with Respect
By: Doug Bartholomew | October 21, 2015
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Showing respect to employees falls far short of leading with respect. Discover the seven core practices that true lean leaders use everyday to lead with respect. More »
Hazards at the Huddle Board: How to Coach a Team Away from “Fast Thinking” to Disciplined PDCA
By: Bartholomew, Doug | August 20, 2015
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Lean practitioner David Verble, an LEI faculty member and former HR manager at Toyota, is noticing that problem-solving at huddle boards tends to veer towards quick identification of problems and acceptance of solutions. In this article, he identifies the hazards and offers you some practical countermeasures that will keep your team on the PDCA path. More »
Leadership Q&A: Lisa Yerian, MD, Medical Director of Continuous Improvement, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
By: David Drickhamer | May 28, 2015
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From the LEI senior executive series on lean leadership: Lisa Yerian, MD, director of Hepatobiliary Pathology and medical director of continuous improvement, Division of Clinical Transformation, Cleveland Clinic, discusses how to engaging staff, doctors and senior leaders, healthcare reform’s impact, where to start a lean transformation, and why she took on responsibility for continuous improvement. More »
Why a Plan for Every Part Is Essential to Lean Transformations
By: Doug Bartholomew | April 17, 2015
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The lack of a lean material-handling system for purchased parts will undermine your efforts to establish and sustain  continuous-flow cells and small-batch processing. The first step is to develop the Plan For Every Part (PFEP). This basic database fosters accurate and controlled inventory reduction and is the foundation for the continuous improvement of your material-handling system. More »
Maximizing People Systems in a Lean Transformation
By: Bartholomew, Doug | January 22, 2015
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Don't make the mistake of overlooking the important role that human resources plays in a lean transformation. Learn how to align HR policies and practices with your effort to create a lean culture of continuous improvement. More »
Kata Konfusion
By: Chet Marchwinski | January 20, 2015
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Author and LEI faculty member Drew Locher explains why it is important when using the kata improvement methodology to not focus solely on key performance indicators. More »
How Wrong Assumptions about PDCA Problem Solving Destroy the Effectiveness of Lean Coaches
By: David Verble and Lea Tonkin | January 9, 2015
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Problem solving based on the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle is very different from what we typically call problem solving. Here's why, according to lean coaching expert David Verble, who provides some important tips on how to improve as a lean/ continuous improvement coach. More »
Lean Practitioners Gather to Share Ideas that Grow the Bottom Line by Growing People’s Knowledge
By: Chet Marchwinski | December 11, 2014
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We were among the nearly 2,000 lean thinkers attending the 2014 AME conference, organized around six value streams: Engaged People, Daily Improvement, Innovation, Extended Enterprise, Sustainability, Achieving Business Results.  The story offers a sample presentation from each value stream with an emphasis on providing practical ideas you can use in your lean journey. More »
Not a High-Volume Widget Manufacturer? Lean Still Makes Sense for High-Mix, Low-Volume Production
By: Greg Lane | November 12, 2014
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If your organization deals with a wide variety of products that incur fluctuating demand and your customers are ever increasing the product range while demanding shorter lead times, you need to continuously experiment and adapt lean methodologies. But if you’ve read the lean management literature, most of which is based on high-volume production examples, you’ve probably decided lean principles don’t fit. Actually they do. Principals, such as pull production, remain the same, though the methods are adjusted to fit high-mix, low-volume environments. Here’s an example. Let’s assume you have fluctuating demand across a wide range of products, (displayed by the More »
Products, People, Profits
By: Ballé, Michael | October 30, 2014
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Lean Management is about “seeking the customer’s smile,” writes author and lean practitioner Michael Ballé in Industrial Engineering's International Issue, October 2014. To do that, managers have to seek employees' smiles. More »
For Distribution Managers, Lean Means a Sea Change in Roles
By: Graham, David | October 29, 2014
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Making the leap to lean management in the warehouse or the supply chain requires the same kind of cultural shift and change in management behaviors as other operational areas. For a successful lean transformation, distribution management needs to take the lead in creating a strong sense of ownership at the operational level, and then provide people on the warehouse floor with the need for change, strategy, and support. Here's how to do it from lean thinker and distribution professional Dave Graham. More »
Think You Know Your Warehouse or Distribution Center? Think Again
By: Graham, David | October 16, 2014
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The vast majority of warehouse or distribution center managers have nowhere near the level of detail about the business that’s needed for a lean transformation, according to David Graham, who for 20-plus years has been crawling through inadequate and bogus operational performance reports as part of his job helping warehouses and distribution centers become lean. A big reason for the scarcity of detailed data, Graham explains, is that in traditionally managed operations, deep knowledge of the business isn’t needed to manage or solve problems.    When glitches arise, the first action often is to add waste to the process -- More »
"How to Lead with Respect" -- Follow-Up Q&A to the Webinar
By: Ballé, Michael | September 29, 2014
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At the end of the lean management webinar “How to Lead with Respect,” we had a couple of hundred questions left over that presenter and author Michael Ballé didn’t have time to answer. After reviewing the questions, several main themes emerged. We’ve selected your questions that best represent those themes and present them here with answers from Michael. Q: Can you give examples of two improvements that can only happen within relationships to help me better understand this concept? A: Teaching lean thinking to the COO of a new company. In shipping, we start with a Truck Preparation Area -- More »
Lead With Respect (Chapter 1)
By: Balle, Michael and Balle Freddy | July 28, 2014
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Chapter 1 from Lead With Respect In their new business novel Lead With Respect, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé reveal the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement. More »
Lead With Respect (Foreword)
By: Balle, Michael and Balle Freddy | July 28, 2014
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Foreword from Lead With Respect   In their new business novel Lead With Respect, authors Michael and Freddy Ballé reveal the true power of lean: developing people through a rigorous application of proven tools and methods. And, in the process, creating the only sustainable source of competitive advantage—a culture of continuous improvement. More »
Autoliv: Giving Power to the People
By: Bartholomew, Doug | June 3, 2014
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A case study looks at how Autoliv developed and sustained a lean-problem solving culture and how this global company shares best practices. More »
Leadership Q&A: Thomas Hartman, Senior Director, Autoliv Americas
By: Bartholomew, Doug | June 3, 2014
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From the LEI senior executive series on Lean Leadership Autoliv’s Thomas Hartman describes the development of a lean problem solving culture, from early instruction by Toyota to propagating best practices among facilities. More »
“How ThedaCare Created Its Own Management System”, Follow-Up Q&A
By: Barnas, Kim | June 2, 2014
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Kim Barnas, author of Beyond Heroes: A Lean Management System for Healthcare, answers questions that we couldn't get to during the hour-long webinar on how to create a lean management system at a healthcare organization. More »
Teaching Lean Accounting with a Manufacturing Simulation
March 26, 2014
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The paper “Teaching Lean Accounting with a Manufacturing Simulation” was created to introduce college and graduate students to Lean Accounting principles. But you may find its explanations and simulation effective for showing finance and accounting professionals how traditional management accounting systems encourage behavior in conflict with lean by rewarding overproduction. It won honorable mention in 2012 for the AICPA/Mark Chain Award for Graduate Teaching Innovation. The authors also received the Lean Enterprise Institute’s Excellence in Lean Accounting Awards for separate achievements in advancing lean accounting. Learn more about what lean accounting is, is not, and how to start implementing it More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed (Foreword)
By: Ward, Allen C. | March 5, 2014
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Foreword from Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd ed. More »
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