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Use Jidoka to Avoid Death by 1000 Cuts sketch
February 3, 2021
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Diving Deeper into The Toyota Way: A Transcript of the WLEI Podcast with Jeff Liker
January 6, 2021
In this transcript of the WLEI podcast episode, Jeff Liker explains why he has produced a revised second edition of The Toyota Way, and elaborates on the new focus and content of his classic book.    More »
Lean Lessons from Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack: transcript of the WLEI podcast
November 2, 2020
Lean required a level of discipline, engaged leadership, and a structured approach to execution for long-term success. Hear from Lean veterans Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack about enduring lessons of Lean execution.    More »
Lean Lessons from Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack: transcript of the WLEI podcast
November 2, 2020
Lean requires a level of discipline, engaged leadership, and a structured approach to execution for long-term success. Hear from Lean veterans Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack about enduring lessons of Lean execution.    More »
Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn--A Transcription of a Conversation with Katie Anderson and Isao Yoshino
October 8, 2020
Explore the challenges of learning from experience in this transcript of the podcast with Katie Anderson and Mr. Isao Yoshino.    More »
Transcript of Podcast with Kim Barnas and John Toussaint about Becoming the Change
September 9, 2020
In this transcript of a recent WLEI podcast, Becoming the Change authors Kim Barnas and John Toussaint talk with LEI's Tom Ehrenfeld about the challenges of personal leadership regarding healthcare transformation. More »
Lean Enterprise Institute Responds to The Wall Street Journal's Mischaracterization of Just-in-Time
August 31, 2020
A message from LEI to the Lean Community  More »
Exploring the Advantages of Online Learning
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | August 26, 2020
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 »
Tapping Technology to Boost the Power of Lean: A Talk with Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan (Transcript)
August 3, 2020
Industry 4.  0 is not a disruptive force that makes TPS irrelevant, but rather can be an enabler that builds on lean culture and thinking. What principles should lean companies prioritize as they introduce digital tools into their work? Lean thinkers Jeff Liker and Jim Morgan start with the basics of people, processes, and purpose. Read a full transcript of their conversation about the TPS-Industry 4.  0 mashup with WLEI Host Tom Ehrenfeld.    More »
Quibell visual of Making Work Work in First 90 Days
July 28, 2020
Use this visual guide by Andrew Quibell to help inform your first 90 days as a lean leader.    More »
5 Guiding Principles for Tailoring a Path to Lean Transformation--downloadable transcript
July 13, 2020
Transcript of Alice Lee podcast on the 5 guiding principles for lean transformation shared in the new Lean Healthcare Initiative white paper.    More »
Lean Accounting is About Respect for People
By: Jerry Solomon | July 9, 2020
My story as one of the recognized founders of Lean Accounting (LA) is unusual. Unlike my fellow LA founders who have degrees and expertise in accounting, my degree is in engineering. Yet, after I was exposed to LA, I became so excited about its concepts that I wanted to share my passion. I did this by writing three books and speaking at many invited conferences and seminars about the topic. At first, my objective was to make accounting easier for everyone to understand, and to help them know every day if they were winning or losing in the great game More »
Using Lean Thinking to Create an “Emergency Management System”
By: Alice Lee | June 23, 2020
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The Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) demonstrates how one organization with scarce resources can respond to a problem as daunting as a global pandemic using the same know-how and thinking -- lean thinking -- they have used to solve many problems over the years.   More »
Spear on Resilience and Agility from The High Velocity Edge
By: Steve Spear | June 18, 2020
These two chapters from Steve Spear's The High Velocity Edge share key lessons about resilience and agility that would benefit any company seeking to navigate today's complex challenges.    More »
Talking Emotional Agility with Susan David
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | June 15, 2020
A transcript of the conversation between author Susan David and LEI's Tom Ehrenfeld on the topic of Emotional Agility. More »
Exploring the Technical and Nontechnical Challenges of Being a Chief Engineer, A Candid Conversation with Two CEs
By: Chet Marchwinski | May 31, 2020
Chief engineers typically have strong technical skills to effectively lead and manage the work of engineers, designers, and other developers. But perhaps their greatest talent needs to be nontechnical, an observation that emerged in this interview with two chief engineers from TechnipFMC, conducted by LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at last year’s Designing the Future Summit. More »
Pivoting Just-In-Time with Hoshin Kanri at Toyota
By: Mark Reich | May 26, 2020
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Learn about the power of hoshin kanri, a systematic approach to defining a strategy and, more importantly, a management system that engages all people to support that strategy while building horizontal and vertical alignment. More »
An Accountant’s Guide to Understanding Lean Accounting
By: Nick Katko | May 12, 2020
I think one of the difficulties accountants face in understanding Lean Accounting is that we are trained to be “doers” of accounting. Our training and education is about how to perform accounting tasks and functions, from learning the basics of journal entries in Accounting 101 to how to close the month in the company we work at. We want to master how to execute, and the better we are at executing, the better accountants we are.  To understand Lean Accounting, accountants need to adjust their perspective from “doing” to “practicing.  ” And the first step to begin practicing Lean Accounting More »
Autonomous Car Beta Version, Anyone? A Q&A with Jim Womack on Disruptive Innovation
By: Jim Womack | April 30, 2020
What may be ahead for carmakers, product developers, and the lean management movement in a disrupted world is the subject of this Q&A with Jim Womack, founding CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). He talked with LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at the Designing the Future Summit that showcases how companies are applying lean product and process development  (LPPD). More »
Accounting and Finance - How Can We Help?
By: Mike De Luca | April 3, 2020
I’ve been thinking about what we as Lean Finance and Accounting practitioners can be doing during this time of “business-as-unusual” and wanted to offer a few ideas that I hope will generate thoughtful discussion, sharing and co-learning as a community. More »
The Impact of Social Distancing on Assembly Operations
By: John Y. Shook | April 1, 2020
Take a deep-dive look at how GE Appliances and Herman Miller are working on designing a safe work environment for production employeesduring the Covid-19 pandemic. More »
Transcript of Dan Heath podcast
March 23, 2020
“We should shift more of our energies upstream personally, organizationally, nationally, and globally. We can and we should stop dealing with the symptoms of problems again and again, and start fixing them.  " So writes author Dan Heath in his terrific new book Upstream: The Quest to Solve Problems Before They Happen, which has just been published.  This conversation between LEI editor Tom Ehrenfeld and Dan explores the practical applications of the upstream mindset, and; given the timing, explores how upstream thinking is all the more relevant in our current pandemic. Download the transcript of the conversation here, and be More »
Why You Need a Product Focus for an Enterprise Transformation: A Talk By Jim Morgan
By: Jim Morgan | March 16, 2020
In this talk from the 2018 Designing the Future summit, former Rivian COO and LEI Senior Advisor Jim Morgan discusses how Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) serves as an enterprise activity that can engage the entire organization and improve operations and growth. Click below to download the transcript of Jim's talk about why LPPD's principles and practices will result in better products. More »
Lean in the Time of Coronavirus, A Chat With Jim Womack
March 9, 2020
In times of crisis, lean offers a stable approach to healthy work. Furthermore, as Jim Womack notes in this podcast with Tom Ehrenfeld, foundational lean practices such as just-in-time supply chains are not—and have never been—liabilities in a time such as today’s coronavirus outbreak. Misguided stories about the woes of JIT are as misguided today as they were when they appeared during avian flu, SARS, and other legitimate medical events that required large supplies of emergency goods. Womack also talks about the lessons to be found in Karen Gaudet’s book Steady Work as they relate to having a stable work environment that More »
On The Job with Tom Root, Managing Partner of Zingerman's Mail Order (Transcript)
March 2, 2020
Zingerman’s Mail Order (ZMO), one of the Zingerman’s Community of Businesses, began its lean transformation 15 years ago after deciding that its 3rd relocation in 6 years due to 25-35% year-over-year growth was its last! There had to be a better way to solve its biennial capacity problem. And of course there was with lean thinking.   Tom Root, ZMO’s Managing Director, sat down with Josh Howell for a wide-ranging conversation about several phases of ZMO’s lean transformation, including the challenge of establishing a culture of continuous improvement with full participation, and how lean thinking could impact the food industry that’s More »
Accounting for the Right Reasons
By: Jim Huntzinger | March 1, 2020
My first job after graduating from Purdue University was as a manufacturing engineer with the Japanese company, Aisin Seiki. Aisin U.  S.  A. was in the process of transplanting to North America to supply components to Toyota manufacturing operations in Fremont, California (NUMMI), Georgetown, Kentucky, and Cambridge, Ontario. The Georgetown assembly plant was not yet running production. More »
Transcript for WLEI Podcast: Designing the Future, An interview with Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe and former COO Jim Morgan
February 17, 2020
If you do not yet know the company calledRivian you will undoubtedly know it very soon. In 2019 Rivian made waves in the auto industry by announcing two“electric adventure vehicles”: theR1T, an electric pickup truck, and the R1S, an electric SUV. Both vehiclesare expected to launch in the United States later this year and globally in 2021. Rivianis also developing afleet of electric delivery vans to fulfill a 100,000-unit order placed by Amazon. In the last twelve months the electric vehicle company has raised three billion dollars to bring this vision to life.   Rivian’s former COO Jim Morgan, who also leads LEI’s Lean Product and More »
Transcript for the WLEI Podcast: What's the Problem, Andrew Lingel, President of United Plastic Fabricating, discusses leading lean transformation of a family business through knowledge, grit, and outrage.
By: Matt Savas and Andrew Lingel | February 9, 2020
Transcript for WLEI Podcast: What's the Problem, Andrew Lingel, President of United Plastic Fabricating, discusses leading lean transformation of a family business through knowledge, grit, and outrage.    More »
Steady Work (Chapter 1)
By: Karen Gaudet | February 7, 2020
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance. More »
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