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The Power of Personal Yokoten
By: James P. Womack | September 29, 2020
Columns
Personal yokoten to teach new mindsets and attitudes is an activity all of us can perform out in the world every day with every manager, team leader, and team we touch, says Jim Womack. He believes we can transfer new, lean ideas about management and leadership in our civic roles and even in our families as we think through tough issues. More »
WLEI: Becoming the Change with John Toussaint and Kim Barnas
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | September 28, 2020
Audio
Lean has always promised great improvements for health care providers, but has there been a personal element that has been lacking to date? In this episode of WLEI, two healthcare giants, Kim Barnas and John Toussaint, will share a key insight from their new book Becoming the Change: they argue that personal transformation on the part of healthcare leaders plays a vital role in broader organizational change. Listen in for insights and advice on how to help your lean effort.  You can download a complete transcript of the conversation here: https://www.  lean.  org/Search/Documents/596.  pdf  More »
Becoming the Change: Talking Healthcare Transformation with Kim Barnas and John Toussaint on the WLEI Podcast
By: Lean Leaper | September 28, 2020
Columns
In this WLEI podcast, Becoming the Change authors Kim Barnas and John Toussaint discuss the personal challenges facing healthcare leaders who are committed to the tough work of lean transformation. More »
Changing the Way New Value is Created with Lean Product and Process Development
By: Lean Leaper | September 25, 2020
Columns
Learn the six guiding principles of LPPD and why they are critical to successful new product, process, and service development. More »
Lean Lessons from Cobra Kai(zen) and the Karate Kid
By: Michael Ballé | September 24, 2020
Columns
The unexpected wake-up call of the modest perfection of the original Karate Kid movie was that we need to move beyond defending this or that method of work and look to highlight opportunities of improving things beyond monetization, says Michael Balle in this reflection on the meaning of this classic movie. More »
Mining the Lessons From Designing the Future
By: Lean Leaper | September 23, 2020
Columns
Designing the Future shares a wealth of insights that transcend product development minutiae; this articles shares the broader argument presented by the authors in this notable book. More »
New Book, Becoming the Change, Shows that Real Organizational Change Is Personal
By: Kim Barnas and John Toussaint, MD | September 22, 2020
Columns
Learn the cause of and cure for healthcare improvements that relapse to the old ways of working. Kim Barnes, Catalysis CEO, and John Toussaint, MD, demonstrate in their new book, Becoming the Change, that the problem is CEOs, boards, and executive teams who are disconnected from improvement work. The cure is for leaders to fundamentally change how they behave toward people. In other words, they must become the change. More »
The Power of Yokoten
September 22, 2020
Columns; eLetters
I’ve written a lot about yokoten in recent years – the practice of spreading good (lean) ideas horizontally between and across organizations from their point of initial success (“Yoko” means in Japanese horizontal.  ) It turns out that this is hard, even for the methods and tools needed to create lean value streams. Lean requires practice, even when the theory is clear and simple, and it’s hard to find enough teachers with enough experience and time to lead the cycles of practice needed for sustainable yokoten. More »
Building People-Focused Problem-Solving Capacity
By: Lean Leaper | September 21, 2020
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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 »
Transcript of Podcast with Kim Barnas and John Toussaint about Becoming the Change
September 9, 2020
Articles
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 »
No Standard, No Problem? Not Really. It’s a Big Problem
By: David Verble | September 8, 2020
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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 »
Becoming the Change
By: John Toussaint, MD, and Kim Barnas | September 1, 2020
Books
Two renowned healthcare transformation experts provide a blueprint for implementing the principles and behaviors leaders at all levels must embrace in order to create lasting change. More »
Product Development Lessons from a Global Pandemic
By: Jim Morgan | September 1, 2020
Columns
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
Columns
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
Articles
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
Columns
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
Columns
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
Columns
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 »
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