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Fundamentals Redux--An Appreciation of Kaizen Express
By: John Shook | November 25, 2020
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Kaizen Express is the expression of an approach to kaizen that is at once a return to basics while at the same time emphasizing the centrality of individual and team learning, says John Shook. This resource is grounded in the belief that the thinking of TPS can only be achieved through doing. More »
Why We Believe Micromanagement is Worth A Deeper Conversation
By: Lean Sensei Women | November 24, 2020
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The Lean Sensei Women explore how poorly-focused micromanagement destroys trust--while well-placed micromanagement supports Lean fundamentals and delivers exceptional results. More »
Avoiding Lean 'Flatlining': A Podcast with Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack
By: Lean Leaper | November 23, 2020
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Mark Deluzio, lean consultant, practitioner, and author of Flatlined, discusses enduring challenges with Art Byrne and Jim Womack on this WLEI podcast. More »
WLEI: Making Lean Stick: A Podcast Conversation with Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | November 23, 2020
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The long-term success of companies like Danaher, Fortive, Herman Miller, Parker Hannifin and many others, have all validated the power of lean thinking and practice. But if that’s the case, why aren’t there more exemplars? And why do so many companies either intentionally misconstrue Lean, or fail to realize its full promise over time?Long-time Lean veteran Mark Deluzio has recently published Flatlined: Why Lean Transformations Fail and What to Do About It. Join him, Art Byrne, Jim Womack and host Tom Ehrenfeld in a wide-ranging conversation about the ongoing gap between operations at most companies—and an ideal Lean state.  Be More »
Why Value Stream Mapping is Essential to Product and Process Development
By: John Drogosz | November 20, 2020
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Learn about a proven way to help cross-functional teams clearly “see” their work and achieve their full potential from John Drogosz, senior coach, Lean Product and Process Development, Lean Enterprise Institute. More »
Debunking the 'Time Drives Costs' Myth with Lean Financial Thinking
By: Nick Katko | November 19, 2020
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Learn why you must stop allocating costs based on time--and how lean financial thinking and practice gives you a more accurate way to understand and track this important metric. More »
The Benefits of Kaizen Learning vs. Traditional Problem-Solving
By: Art Byrne | November 18, 2020
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Kaizen is for learning and doing, says Art Byrne, who points out the benefits of this "learn-by-doing" approach over traditional problem-solving. More »
Lean WX – An Rx for Making Things Better
By: Josh Howell | November 17, 2020
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As someone whose understanding of lean/TPS grew exponentially by working on the line, Josh Howell encourages every would-be lean enterprise out there, even those who have “only” created a model line, to try this approach to capability development. More »
Navigating a Lean Quality 4.0 Road Map
By: Andrew Quibell | November 16, 2020
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Lean thinking and practice has a great deal to offer when it comes to adjusting to Industry 4.  0, and in this article Andrew Quibell shares thoughts (and a sketch) on this topic More »
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 6: Waiting
By: Art Smalley | November 13, 2020
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Learn how to spot what Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Incorporated, thinks is the most annoying form of waste. More »
Why Lean Is the Strategy We Need For Today's World
By: Michael Ballé and Dan Jones | November 12, 2020
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At all times, and especially in uncertain conditions such as today, lean is a learning framework, argue Michael Balle and Dan Jones. More »
What's Needed to Ensure a Successful Lean Transformation
By: Lean Leaper | November 11, 2020
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Learn what works--and what doesn't--in driving your lean transformation. LEI Senior Advisors Jim Womack and Jim Morgan share top-line learning from their decades of experience with LEI president Josh Howell. More »
Lean Product & Process Development Guiding Principles At-A-Glance
By: Jim Morgan | November 10, 2020
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An infographic summarizes the six guiding principles of lean product and process development. More »
The 6 Guiding Principles of Lean Product and Process Development
By: Jim Morgan | November 9, 2020
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Learn the six guiding principles of Lean Product and Process Development and how they can help your organization accelerate the development of new products, processes, and services. More »
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 5: Motion
By: Art Smalley | November 6, 2020
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Watch this quick tutorial about how to see the waste of motion in your work, from Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Incorporated. More »
How Pall Corporation Accelerated the Covid-19 Vaccine Process Development using Lean Thinking and Practice
By: Mark Ayles, Clive Glover, Tony Hill, Byron Rees, Kevin Thompson and Matt Zayko | November 5, 2020
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Learn how Pall Corp developed and deployed a full manufacturing process in eight weeks – an 80% reduction compared to typical development times. More »
How Lean is Amazon?
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | November 4, 2020
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Amazon has tapped lean principles and practices in its inexorable rise to becoming the world's largest retailer, notes Tom Ehrenfeld. What can be learned from this? More »
Are Lean Thinking and Practice Business Strategies?
By: Peter Ward | November 3, 2020
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Explore the nuances of leadership and strategy with Lean Enterprise Institute Chairman Peter Ward. More »
Lean Lessons from Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack: transcript of the WLEI podcast
November 2, 2020
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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
Articles
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 »
Practical Approaches for Making Innovation an Enterprise-Wide Activity
By: Chet Marchwinski | November 2, 2020
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Jim Morgan tells an interviewer how to make innovation an enterprise-wide endeavor, based on his years of experience as a product development researcher, author, and former executive. He also offers an effective tactic for spreading it through the supply chain. More »
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 4: Excess Conveyance
By: Art Smalley | October 30, 2020
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Learn the finer points of how to eliminate the waste of excess conveyance from your work process from Art Smalley, president of Art of Lean, Incorporated. More »
What Finance Teams Can Learn from the Lean Practice of ‘Go See, Ask Why, Show Respect,’ - Part 2
By: Mike De Luca | October 29, 2020
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A "lean accounting" coach illustrates what "go see, ask why, and show respect" means for Finance and Accounting professionals. More »
Learning to Learn with the Lean Sensei
By: Lean Leaper | October 28, 2020
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Lean is not a production system, it's an education system, argues the book The Lean Sensei, which was recently awarded the Shingo Award for publishing excellence. A look into its framing the heart of lean as an act of coaching that generates learning. More »
The Deeper Purpose of Problem-Solving
By: Regis Medina | October 27, 2020
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Ultimately, the goal of problem-solving is not just to fix tools and processes, argues Regis Medina. He says that problem-solving in a lean setting is in fact a unique opportunity to think about our thinking, and develop expertise where it counts. More »
WLEI: Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: A Conversation with Isao Yoshino and Katie Anderson on Experimentation and Learning
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | October 26, 2020
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“It’s only a failure if you don’t learn,” says Mr. Isao Yoshino, who shared many key lessons from his career at Toyota with Katie Anderson, who based her new book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn on his experience and insights. Join us for a podcast with host Tom Ehrenfeld that explores the lessons gleaned from his career at Toyota.   Download a complete transcript of the conversation here.    More »
Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn: A Podcast with Katie Anderson and Isao Yoshino
By: Lean Leaper | October 26, 2020
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Join us for this WLEI podcast with Katie Anderson and Mr. Isao Yoshino on his experiences with Toyota that formed the basis for Katie's new book Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn. More »
Art of Lean on Work & Waste, Part 3: Excess Inventory
By: Art Smalley | October 23, 2020
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Take a closer look at the various types of inventory, with an eye toward identifying waste, with your guide, Art Smalley, president, Art of Lean, Incorporated. More »
Using Lean Thinking to Accelerate Decision-Making
By: Will Lichtig and Jason Schulist | October 22, 2020
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Learn how flattening the decision tree enabled The Boldt Company to pivot quickly to keep essential job sites functioning and keep support people safer at home. More »
Ask Art: What Role does Human Resources Play in a Lean Turnaround?
By: Art Byrne | October 21, 2020
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Although you shouldn’t expect HR to lead the kaizen effort or set up extensive training programs, there is still plenty for them to do that will be critical to the success of your lean turnaround, says Art Byrne, who adds: "After all, lean is all about people.  " More »
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