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Avoid the Costly Work of Rework
By: Rose Heathcote | October 19, 2020
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Customers care only for the product or service they receive, says Rose Heathcote. They're not interested in how much effort it took for you to make it happen or how many times you had to fiddle with it to get it right. They're also not interested in what it cost you. So, we cannot make our lumpy processes their problem. More »
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 2: Overproduction
By: Lean Leaper | October 16, 2020
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Take a closer look at and gain an in-depth understanding of the waste overproduction with Art of Lean, Incorporated President Art Smalley. More »
What Finance Teams Can Learn from the Lean Practice of ‘Go See, Ask Why, Show Respect’ - Part 1
By: Mike De Luca | October 15, 2020
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Join a "lean accounting" coach as he recounts several gemba walks with Finance and Accounting leaders and shares their "ah-ha" reaction. More »
"It's Only A Failure If You Don't Learn"
By: Lean Leaper | October 14, 2020
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"It's only a failure if you don't learn" says Toyota veteran Isao Yoshino, whose experience developing an ultimately failed water-ski boat venture for Toyota is shared in Katie Anderson's new book documenting many of his life lessons. More »
Encountering Problems and Resistance
October 13, 2020
Columns; eLetters
The doctor entered with a comforting bedside manner.   We small talked. She asked about my work and I answered, in short.   “Lean? You mean that Toyota thing?” In spite of the mask, I could read ‘Oh Brother’ on her face.   “Yeah, we tried that here.  ”  More »
Never Fail...To Create the Conditions for People to be Successful
By: Katie Anderson | October 13, 2020
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In this excerpt from Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn, Katie Anderson shares the story of how Isao Yoshino learned first-hand the value that Toyota places in learning from failure--from humbly framing unexpected outcomes as opportunities to learn. More »
Turn To Lean in Times of Crisis
By: Lean Leaper | October 12, 2020
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Lean thinkers need new tools and new mindsets to face today's daunting challenges, argues Jim Womack, who shares examples of how this has sparked great historical lean "leaps.  " More »
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 1: A Focus on Muda
By: Art Smalley | October 9, 2020
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Take a deeper dive into muda, or waste, and learn the difference between pure and incidental waste. Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Incorporated, shares an easy way to tell the difference. More »
Applying Lean Thinking and Practice to Systemic Racism, Part 2 of 2
By: Christopher D. Chapman | October 8, 2020
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To create anti-racist organizations to fit, value, and respect all people, leaders should step forward with a sound vision framed by the five principles of lean. Here's how. Part 2 of 2. More »
Using the Logic of Lean Thinking to Combat Racism, Part 1 of 2
By: Christopher D. Chapman | October 7, 2020
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To create new anti-racist organizations, leaders need to fully embrace the five principles of lean: value vs. waste, value stream, flow, pull, and perfection. But first, we must reflect on history to help us grasp the current situation. Part one of two. More »
How Can Lean Fit Into Industry 4.0?
By: Andrew Quibell | October 6, 2020
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Lean thinkers should never become slaves to technology, says Andrew Quibell, who sketches out ways to reflect on how lean can support and enable the coming Industry 4.  0. More »
Boosting Organizational Resilience Through Jidoka
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | October 5, 2020
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Jidoka enables operators to build in quality into the production process--and forms a foundation of stability helping a company respond to crisis with resilience. This roundup shares resources explaining jidoka and helping you get started with it. More »
The Art of Lean: An Introduction to Muda, Mura, and Muri
By: Art Smalley | October 2, 2020
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Take a closer look at the concepts of muda, mura, and muri and learn why you have to consider all three when you pursue any type of improvement or Kaizen actions. More »
Align Your Continuous Improvement Efforts: Practical Tips from 4 CEOs in 4 Major Business Sectors
By: Chet Marchwinski | October 1, 2020
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Four CEOs who are leading lean management voices in the critical economic sectors of manufacturing, supply chain, healthcare, and education, offer advice on aligning your continuous improvement effort during the Virtual Lean Learning Experience conference. More »
The Role of Lean Product and Process Development in Building the Lean Enterprise
By: Lean Leaper | September 30, 2020
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A distinguished group of lean leaders discusses the role of Lean Product and Process Development in building the lean enterprise during a panel discussion during the Lean Enterprise Institute's Virtual Lean Learning Experience 2020. More »
The Power of Personal Yokoten
By: James P. Womack | September 29, 2020
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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 »
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