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How Lean Thinking and Practice Helped Put Shots in Arms, Part 1: Building the Process
By: Ryan Haley, Crystal R. Tubbs and Peter Ward | August 2, 2021
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Does lean thinking work during a crisis? An in-depth review of its contribution to the #design and management of Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's successful mass vaccination site says "yes.  " More »
How Designing Value Streams, Not Just Products, Creates Competitive Advantage
By: Jim Morgan | July 30, 2021
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TechnipFMC and Pella Corporation leaders describe how lean development practices helped them develop better products, create profitable value streams and strengthen development teams. More »
Thinking About Introducing A3 Problem-Solving? Think Twice if Leadership Isn’t Engaged
By: David Verble | July 28, 2021
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Your organization’s leadership doesn’t support introducing the A3 problem-solving process, but why not introduce it into your unit or area of responsibility? Experienced lean management coach and practitioner David Verble cautions that it will be very, very hard to succeed for reasons he explains in this Q&A follow-up to a recent webinar on the A3 process. More »
Imagining A World Without Email with Cal Newport
By: Lean Leaper | July 26, 2021
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A typical work day is already packed, but is there waste that can be removed? WLEI host Tom Ehrenfeld and guest Cal Newport talk about ways to challenge email's presence at work, and how to rethink our communication strategies. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 8: Toyota Coaching Practices
By: Lean Leaper | July 23, 2021
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Art describes some of the fundamental principles of Toyota coaching practices. More »
Ask Art: Why Should I Convert to a Pull System?
By: Art Byrne | July 21, 2021
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Deliver more value to your customers by converting your business to a pull system and connecting demand directly to your production system, advises Art Byrne. More »
10 Golden Rules for Radical Quality Improvement
By: Patricia Panchak and Roberto Priolo | July 19, 2021
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What you need to know and do to lead your team to make step-change improvements to quality. More »
Why Creating Better Jobs and Improving Work Matters
By: Lean Leaper | July 16, 2021
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How improving your work environment is vital to improved business outcomes. More »
Imagining A World Without Email: A Transcript of the WLEI Podcast with Guest Cal Newport
By: Lean Leaper | July 15, 2021
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A typical work day is already packed, but is there waste that can be removed? Catch this transcript of the conversation between WLEI host Tom Ehrenfeld and guest Cal Newport where they talk about ways to challenge email's presence at work, and how to rethink our communication strategies. More »
How Intertape Polymer Group Used Pilots and Parallel Systems to Learn and Implement Lean Accounting
By: Nick Katko | July 14, 2021
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IPG's director and VP of finance manufacturing share their disciplined strategy for adopting lean accounting and finance. More »
Ensuring Success of Hoshin Kanri – a Better Way to Plan and Execute Your Strategy
By: Patricia Panchak | July 12, 2021
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Logoplaste's global vice president of lean and strategy shares a few vital lessons, learned through experience, about a proven way to set and achieve your organization's annual strategic objectives. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 7: Dreyfus Model and the Stages of Learning
By: Lean Leaper | July 8, 2021
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Art looks at another external framework in an effort to help shorten your lead times of learning, development, and problem-solving. More »
Coach's Corner: Why Your Development Plans and Obeya Practices Aren't Working - and How to Fix Them
By: John Drogosz | July 7, 2021
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If your development plans and obeya practices aren't working, you're not alone. John Drogosz offers ways to get the most out of the obeya and fixing common planning problems in this week's look at The Design Brief. More »
Addressing a Critical Problem in Strategic Planning and Execution
By: Patricia Panchak | July 6, 2021
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Logoplaste's global vice president of lean and strategy deployment describes the experience -- and benefits -- six months into its adoption of the hoshin kanri process (aka strategy development and deployment). More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 6: Team-Building Tools and Practices
By: Lean Leaper and Art Smalley | July 2, 2021
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The storming phase of the Tuckman model of team formation can be tough to get out of, with Art Smalley sharing a technique that will help ease this process. More »
Bringing Together People and Invention to Achieve Radically Great Quality
By: Toshiko Narusawa and John Shook | July 1, 2021
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The latest book published by the Lean Global Network details the principles and practices that will help you radically improve quality. More »
Coach's Corner: Designing the Entire Value Stream from Concept to Product End of Life
By: Katrina Appell | July 1, 2021
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The life cycle of a product is tied to the value stream that starts and ends it, with that cycle having implications because of environmental impacts. Katrina Appell explores this idea in this week's Coach's Corner. More »
Create Profitable Value Streams
By: John Shook | July 1, 2021
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Why does lean product development focus on building profitable value streams? LEI Senior Advisor John Shook explains in this month's Design Brief Contributor's Corner. More »
How Designing Value Streams, Not Just Products, Creates Competitive Advantage
By: Jim Morgan | July 1, 2021
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In this month's Design Brief video, individuals from TechnipFMC and Pella Corporation explain the processes that led to an improvement in their value-streams. More »
Contributor's Corner: How Synchronizing Workflows Helped TechnipFMC Develop Its Latest Robot
By: Scott Fulenwider and Hannah Schell | June 30, 2021
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Following the lean product and process development principles yields significant benefits. Just ask Scott Fulenwider and Hanna Schell as they report the results of their efforts applying them in a recent product development program at Schilling Robotics, a TechnipFMC company. More »
WLEI: Creating Better Jobs and Better Work: A Podcast with Josh Howell and Sarah Kalloch
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | June 28, 2021
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As we slowly emerge from the long pandemic, LEI and colleagues like the Good Jobs Institute are deeply committed to helping produce decent jobs. In this conversation, LEI President Josh Howell spoke with Executive Director Sarah Kalloch of the Good Jobs Institute about ways they are both working to help foster good work. WLEI Host Tom Ehrenfeld moderated this conversation.  Download a transcript of the conversation here.     More »
Creating Better Jobs and Better Work: A Podcast with Sarah Kalloch and Josh Howell
By: Lean Leaper | June 28, 2021
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Josh Howell of LEI and Sarah Kalloch of the Good Jobs Institute want to foster good work, as they discuss solutions in this episode of WLEI, the official podcast of the Lean Enterprise Institute. More »
How Synchronizing Workflows Eliminates Waste in Development Processes
By: Jim Morgan | June 25, 2021
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Two leaders share their secrets of effective value-stream mapping and synchronizing workflows. More »
Ask Art: What Do You Look At in a "Pre-lean" Company?
By: Art Byrne | June 23, 2021
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Art Byrne identifies factors such as excess inventory and floor space, long turnaround times, and numerous other elements to study when considering the long-term value of "pre-lean" companies. More »
Why You Need to Understand The Purpose of Purposeful Enterprise
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | June 21, 2021
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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 Ehrenfeld in this roundup about the purpose of purposeful work. More »
Why You Should Make Something Better, But Don't Shoot For Perfection: A Clip From WLEI
By: Lean Leaper | June 18, 2021
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Taking small, actionable steps will get you to your ideal state with great efficiency, according to Roger Martin in this WLEI podcast video excerpt. More »
Getting Started with Lean Accounting
By: Mike De Luca and Nick Katko | June 16, 2021
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Before your organization gets started with lean accounting, the accounting function must first expand its thinking beyond transactions and into practices. Here's how. More »
Learning From The Sensei Way at Work
By: John Shook | June 14, 2021
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Seek perfection by cultivating a daily discipline of mindfulness, whether in lean practice or Buddhist training, writes John Shook in his foreword to a new book by Dan Prock. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 5: Tuckman's Model of Team Formation
By: Lean Leaper and Art Smalley | June 11, 2021
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Coaching teams is the topic of this fifth part of an ongoing series on coaching problem-solving by Art Smalley. He compares the Tuckman Model with similar concepts from a book published by Toyota. More »
The Toyota Way of Dantotsu Radical Quality Improvement (Hardcover)
By: Sadao Nomura | June 11, 2021
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People, Invention, and Radically Great Quality More »
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