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A Lean Transformation Model Everyone Can Use
By: Joshua Rapoza | January 23, 2014
John Shook explains LEI's Lean Transformation Model, offering 5 questions you'll want to think about and share with your team to guide your own lean transformation. More »
Experimenting with LEI's Transformation Model
By: Josh Howell | February 13, 2015
Josh Howell, senior coach at LEI, reflects on LEI's Lean Transformation Model. "We set out to better understand the model, its value, and its usefulness," he writes. "We did this by trying to incorporate it into everything that we do and through experimenting with you, our customers.  " More »
Lean and Agile: Finding a Role for Your Leadership in Your Transformation Model
By: Bruno Guicardi | January 10, 2017
"Lean and Agile are two of the most commonly discussed (and hotly debated) principles for managing a business, particularly when there’s a transformation underway," writes Bruno Guicardi. "While there are many similarities between the two, leaders need a clear understanding of how and when to put them into practice.  " Read more. More »
LEI's Lean Transformation Model Animated
By: Lean Leaper | July 28, 2015
Need a simple way of explaining lean thinking to your team? LEI has released a new animated video of how real lean change happens across five interrelated dimensions. Check out LEI's Lean Transformation Model to see if you're asking yourself and your team members the right questions. More »
Shingo Prize Transformation Model
By: Shingo Prize | December 8, 2009
Charts, Graphs and Diagrams
A graphic of the Shingo Prize model for principle-centered operational excellence. More »
Testing the Lean Transformation Model in India
By: Dhirendra Kumar Dubey | August 13, 2014
Dhirendra Kumar Dubey of Lean Management Institute of India (LMII) shares what he's learned about the effectiveness of the Lean Transformation Model through institute projects. More »
The Lean Transformation Model
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | January 21, 2014
Videos and Webinars
John Shook, CEO of the Lean Enterprise Institutes explains the Lean Transformation Model and how it can transform your organization. More »
5 Guiding Principles to Accelerate Your Lean Transformation
By: Alice Lee | July 27, 2020
Chief architects for lean transformation have been seeking effective ways of realizing tangible gains for years, says Senior Coach Alice Lee. She shares how a global team of Lean Coaches came to see themselves as "tailors" offering guidelines for Chief Architects in any organization to adapt to their situation. More »
A Variety of Perspectives is Good For Your Products
By: Kevin Nolan | March 31, 2021
The best product development teams attract, promote, and celebrate diversity of thought, asserts Kevin Nolan, president & CEO of GE Appliances, A Haier Company. More »
Applying Lean Thinking and Practice to Systemic Racism, Part 2 of 2
By: Christopher D. Chapman | October 8, 2020
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 »
Ask Art: What sets lean accounting apart from traditional accounting?
By: Art Byrne | November 15, 2016
"You can’t really become a lean enterprise without making the shift from traditional standard-cost accounting to lean (i.  e. plain English) accounting," writes Art Byrne. Read more to learn why a lean accounting department is crucial to a complete organizational transformation. More »
CLean and Green: How SunPower Used Lean to Address Sustainability
By: Lean Leaper | July 28, 2016
After years of lean practice, solar-device manufacturer SunPower wanted something more. They wanted to continue their journey of continuous improvement and become a more sustainable company, like the the products they sold. Their approach didn't just involve lean - it incorporated a sustainable economy model, creating a hybrid approach that they called "CLean.  " Read more. More »
Contributor's Corner: Learning with 10X Speed at US Synthetic
By: Ken Bertagnolli | June 2, 2021
Making learning and knowledge reuse part of the work accelerates product and process development -- and helps keep you ahead of the competition, asserts Ken Bertagnolli, the VP of R&D at US Synthetic. More »
Diving Deep to Discover the Value of Lean Companies with Cliff Ransom
By: Lean Leaper | April 26, 2021
Analyzing companies from a lean perspective can deliver some incredible insight. Just ask Cliff Ransom, whose insights on the value of lean companies are chronicled in this episode of the WLEI Podcast. More »
How Hoshin Kanri Aligns Your Key Organizational Systems
By: Mark Reich | October 16, 2019
Think of hoshin (strategy alignment) like the human body, argues Mark Reich: The body needs a strong skeletal structure (hoshin) to hold it together (just like an organization). But a body can’t move effectively if its muscles (continuous improvement) are not kept active and developed as well. More »
I'm Josh Howell, Ask Me Anything
By: Josh Howell | September 6, 2019
Since becoming LEI’s president a few months ago, Josh Howell has made it a priority to talk with you and visit your workplaces as much as possible. Please join in an Ask-Me-Anything conversation with Josh by sharing questions you have about the lean movement and the business struggles and problems you face. More »
Shook Addresses Current State of Lean Thinking After U.S-Turkey Tiff Compels Keynote Countermeasure
By: John Y. Shook | December 14, 2017
Indefatigable presenter John Shook quickly made this video as a countermeasure to being denied entry to Turkey, where he was scheduled to keynote an Istanbul conference. More »
The "Dimensions" of Lean
By: Lean Leaper | July 27, 2017
In this exclusive interview from the 2017 Lean Transformation Summit, LEI Director of Education Karen Gaudet shares her own take on the ages-old question, "Why do so many lean transformations fail?" More »
Thinking Fast and Slow and Lean with John Shook
By: John Y. Shook | January 25, 2018
On the 20th anniversary of Lean Thinking, John Shook delivered this Lean Talk on the principles the book introduced, how they developed over time, and the invaluable lessons the book still holds today. He also explores the concept of lean as a mindset and connects it to the models of thinking introduced by Daniel Kahneman in his book, "Thinking, Fast and Slow.  " More »
Using the Logic of Lean Thinking to Combat Racism, Part 1 of 2
By: Christopher D. Chapman | October 7, 2020
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 »
Watch John Shook's Keynote at Lean Construction Institute's 17th Annual Congress!
By: Lean Leaper | February 11, 2016
This past October, LEI Chairman and CEO John Shook delivered a keynote at Lean Construction Institute's 17th Annual Congress in Boston, Massachusetts. Watch a full clip of John's talk and read key excerpts from his presentation here. Don't forget to let us know your thoughts in a comment. More »
Why Yoda Was Wrong
By: Aaron Hunt | August 30, 2016
Aspects of lean can be found almost anywhere - even in a galaxy far, far away. Inspired by a new trailer for the upcoming Star Wars film "Rogue One," Aaron Hunt uses a lean mindset to debunk a very famous quote from the original trilogy. More »
Understanding Lean Transformation
Come explore the components of the Lean Transformation Model, see examples of what others are doing and reflect upon some potential gaps to close within your own organization. More »
Managing on Purpose
By: Shook, John | February 10, 2014
John Shook, CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute, introduces a lean transformation “house” or model that uses five key questions to customize the transformation to a company’s business situation.   Shook believes too many companies defaulted into a prescriptive transformation model by simply trying to copy the tools and techniques in the classic Toyota Production System house that has been around for 40+ years. John will talk about the model at the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit. More »
Managing By Not Wandering Around
By: Chet Marchwinski | February 21, 2014
“We’re still very early in our journey,” says Dan McDonnell, VP of Operational Excellence at Ingersoll Rand. “But we’re following a transformation model that lets us learn through ideation and experimentation what works and what doesn’t.  " More »
The Insourcing Boom
By: Fishman, Charles | November 30, 2012
 From industrial monument to memorial and then back again, the improving fortunes of GE’s huge Appliance Park plant illustrate the factors, including lean management, behind "The Insourcing Boom" in the U.  S. (The Atlantic, December 2012). LEI CEO John Shook is quoted on how companies fail to consider the total costs of outsourcing.  Lean practitioners from Appliance Park, featured in "The Insourcing Boom," will  share their lean transformation model at the 2013 Lean Transformation Summit, March 13-14, 2013, Orlando, FL. Reserve your spot at this special presentation. Register by January 25 to save.    More »
John Shook on Where Lean Thinking and Practice is Headed Today
By: Lean Leaper | October 2, 2014
LEI's John Shook shares his view of how and where lean thinking can be used most effectively today. Insights on everything from how to apply lean to your own unique work situation and organizational context to how lean can help solve social problems to staying innovative for the long haul. More »
Why Starting With a Model Area is Key to Lean Transformation
By: Danielle McGuiness | June 24, 2013
Lean coach Danielle Blais explains why starting small, with one team in one area, is so important to leading an effective lean transformation. More »
The Lives of Your Grandchildren Depend on Innovating New Healthcare Models
By: Kim Barnas and John Toussaint, MD | December 14, 2020
Renowned healthcare transformation experts examine what it will take to reinvent healthcare models through innovation and propose a new process for finding them. More »
Lean + Circular Principals = a New True North for Manufacturer
By: Doug Bartholomew | June 15, 2016
Case Studies
SunPower's lean journey resembled most others until it defined a new mission, a new True North. The mission statement changed from the business-like “install 10 gigawatts of solar panels by 2016" to the inspirational “change the way our world is powered.  " To achieve it, SunPower melded lean principals with those of the “circular economy” to launch what it called a CLean Transformation. Instead of following the traditional linear economic model of take, make, dispose, it follows a circular model of reuse, remanufacture, and recycle. Learn the business and environmental payoffs of linking lean and clean. More »
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