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Pivoting Just-In-Time with Hoshin Kanri at Toyota
By: Mark Reich | June 2, 2020
Columns
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 »
Exploring the Technical and Nontechnical Challenges of Being a Chief Engineer, A Candid Conversation with Two CEs (Part 1)
By: Chet Marchwinski | June 1, 2020
Columns
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 »
Exploring the Technical and Nontechnical Challenges of Being a Chief Engineer, A Candid Conversation with Two CEs
By: Chet Marchwinski | May 31, 2020
Articles
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 »
How to Show Respect During a Pandemic
By: Katrina Appell | May 29, 2020
Columns
Lean Coach Katrina Appell shares how to use Maslow's hierarchy of needs to clarify how to show respect for people during a pandemic. More »
Why Good Lean Detectives Visit the Crime Scene
By: Dan Markovitz | May 28, 2020
Columns
You can't solve a problem with data alone, says Dan Markovitz. He urges you to go to the "crime scene," the source of the problem, to gather the facts required for a full analysis of what has gone wrong. More »
How to Build Skills Fast with a People-Development Plan
By: Lean Leaper | May 27, 2020
Columns
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. More »
Don't Just Go Back--Go Forward...With Kindness and A Little Creativity!
By: Katie Anderson and Karyn Ross | May 26, 2020
Columns
As we all grapple with ongoing changes imposed by the Covid-19 virus, we have reflected deeply, and humbly share the following new ways that will bring value and benefit to people, animals and our planet. More »
Pivoting Just-In-Time with Hoshin Kanri at Toyota
By: Mark Reich | May 26, 2020
Articles; eLetters
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 »
Five Revolutions Into the Lean Journey: What's Next?
By: Daniel T. Jones | May 25, 2020
Columns
The current pandemic serves as an opportunity for us to rethink the world of enterprise (and more), says Dan Jones. He reflects on five lean revolutions, and he explores how, once Covid-19 passes, lean may continue to shape mindful and purposeful enterprise. More »
Ask Art: Does Lean Really Work Beyond Manufacturing?
By: Art Byrne | May 22, 2020
Columns
Lean certainly applies beyond manufacturing, explains Art Byrne, who shares the dramatic gains at a life insurance company as a way of teaching broadly applicable principles for a lean turnaround. More »
Keep Calm and Manage Stably: Akio Toyoda’s Response to Crisis
By: Jeffrey Liker and John Y. Shook | May 21, 2020
Columns
Jeff Liker and John Shook comment on the recent remarks of Toyota President Akio Toyoda, stating that they "reaffirmed the remarkable ways of the company, leaving us with confidence that Toyota will continue to serve as an inspiration, even as the world continues to change in unpredictable ways.  " More »
How Short, Structured Communication Cycles Help Hospitals Solve Problems, Offer Support to Staff
By: Lean Leaper | May 20, 2020
Columns
The Global Lean Healthcare Initiative shares the seven key lean practices -- each with a set of actionable tips -- that can help healthcare teams handle the Covid-19 challenges more effectively. More »
Solutions from Afar
By: Josh Howell | May 19, 2020
Columns
A leader's job isn't to provide solutions to problems; it's to teach and coach their staff to solve problems themselves--at the gemba. More »
Combat Isolation with Productivity by Using PDCA for Effective Meetings, part two of two
By: Mark Reich | May 15, 2020
Columns
How to run a productive meeting, the Toyota Way More »
Combat Isolation with Productivity by Using HoRenSo – A Communication Structure that Engages People, part one of two
By: Mark Reich | May 14, 2020
Columns
How to make your meetings more productive, the Toyota Way. More »
Creating Standardized Work to Ensure Safety, Quality, and Efficiency
By: Lean Leaper | May 13, 2020
Columns
A Lean Global Network team of lean practitioners and coaches shares a set of lean healthcare tips hospitals can use today to support their battle against Covid-19. Part 3 of a 7 part series, Fighting Covid-19 with Lean Healthcare. More »
An Accountant’s Guide to Understanding Lean Accounting
By: Nick Katko | May 12, 2020
Articles
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 »
Reimagining restaurants after Covid-19
By: The Lean-n-Food-Initiative | May 12, 2020
Columns
The future has never looked more uncertain for restaurants and cafes. The authors share a set of practical lean tips that can guide these organizations navigate. More »
Pursuing Dreams, Facing Reality
By: Richard Sheridan | May 11, 2020
Columns
In this letter shared to his fellow Menloians, Rich Sheridan acknowledges the new reality they all must fact, and commits to making the most with the time that is given to all of them. More »
The Sanity of Just-in-Time
By: Michael Ballé, Jacques Chaize and Daniel T. Jones | May 8, 2020
Columns
Path dependence is the worst enemy of smart resolution, argue the authors, who suggest greater "frame control" with enabling tools such as just-in-time to respect people on the frontline and respect the facts they share about what is happening to them. "Mastering the path as opposed to being led by it, means looking up frequently to reevaluate both destination and way as new information comes to light.  " More »
Furloughed Team Leverages Lean for a Good Cause: A Report from the #LeanCommunity
By: Lean Leaper | May 7, 2020
Columns
Eileen Fisher's product development team used lean thinking to design a work process that they'd never done before and under the constraints posed by the pandemic. More »
Why We Believe We Have All the Bricks to Build Our Future
By: Lean Sensei Women | May 5, 2020
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In this wide-ranging article, lead author Catherine Chabiron and her fellow Lean Sensei Women propose a number of ways to tackle the new emerging challenges posed by the current pandemic. More »
When Is The Best Time To Implement Profit Sharing?
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | May 4, 2020
Columns
Orry Fiume argues that when businesses reopens, there are many things that will be different; and that when they do it will be time to make profit sharing one of the widespread features of the “new normal”. More »
Single Week Exchange of Business
By: Josh Howell | May 1, 2020
Columns
You’ve no doubt heard of a single-minute exchange of dies in manufacturing, but what happens when you need to changeover your entire customer base in a few days? Here's the story of how a couple of lean thinkers did just that when the pandemic upended their business. More »
Addressing Production Challenges that Arise from the Pandemic
By: John Y. Shook | April 30, 2020
Columns
How two companies with deep lean experience – General Electric Appliances (GEA) and Herman Miller – have responded quickly and with great agility to the frontline challenges presented by the pandemic. More »
Autonomous Car Beta Version, Anyone? A Q&A with Jim Womack on Disruptive Innovation
By: Jim Womack | April 30, 2020
Articles
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 »
Emerging Stronger
By: John Y. Shook | April 30, 2020
Columns; eLetters
Learn how GE Appliances and Herman Miller leverage lean practice to design new standardized work for assembly to ensure a safe working environment for employees. More »
Autonomous Car Beta Version, Anyone? A Q&A with Jim Womack on Disruptive Innovation
By: Chet Marchwinski and James P. Womack | April 28, 2020
Columns
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 management author and expert Jim Womack, founding CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). More »
Nine Lessons from Steady Work
By: Karen Gaudet | April 27, 2020
Columns
In her book Steady Work, Karen Gaudet discusses nine key lessons for practicing lean. Here she discusses these key principles. More »
Problem-Solving During a Crisis: A quick tip from the #LeanCommunity
By: Lean Leaper | April 24, 2020
Columns
How to solve problems when there seems to be no time to do so. More »
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