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From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition:

PDCA:   see Plan, Do, Check, Act
PDCA Is Really CA-PDCA -- and It’s the CA that Makes the PD Work
By: David Verble | August 5, 2020
Why Grasping the Actual Conditions (firsthand as an automatic practice) at the beginning, during, and after a problem-solving effort is the most important part of the process. More »
PDCA thinking and the NCAA March Madness tournament
By: Ernie Richardson and Tracey Richardson | April 4, 2017
"There is so much thinking that goes into this thing called 'Bracketology,' which gives sports fans a way to 'grasp the situation' of their favorite team (or the one they may be cheering for at tournament time)," write Tracey and Ernie Richardson. Ad a lot of that thinking may have more in common with lean than you might expect. Read more. More »
PDCA, Fitness Apps, and Using Social Media to Improve Our Health
By: Tracey Richardson | August 6, 2015
"Health isn't about always being perfect," writes lean coach Tracey Richardson. "Just like in our organizations, we all have imperfect days. It’s how we change our process to meet expectations that is important.  " More »
PDCA is the Breath of Lean
By: Mark Donovan | September 17, 2014
"PDCA is to Lean what breathing is to human beings," writes Mark Donovan. This is why it's important to practice PDCA continuously. So why is it so hard for some of us and how do we help instill PDCA thinking in our organizations? Read more. More »
By: By Mike Rother | February 2, 2014
THE NEW FILE IS AT:  http://www.  slideshare.  net/mike734/ikck-practice-kit.  This SlideShare gives you step-by-step instructions for initial practice of the IK/CK patterns.  Anyone can use it right now. More »
PDCA: The Scientific Method or the Artistic Process?
By: Karyn Ross | September 5, 2013
What does lean have to do with art? Lean practitioner and sculptor Karyn Ross says the two really aren't so different at all. What do you think? More »
PDCA at the Plate
By: Shook, John | August 9, 2011
Columns; eLetters
We know that "lean" is all about plan-do-check-act (PDCA). The challenge we all face in our everyday work is to answer the question, How do I do PDCA here, now. More »
Boost the Power of PDCA By Tackling the Challenge of Self-Awareness
By: Mike Orzen | March 10, 2021
While PDCA is the engine of lean discovery, argues Mike Orzen, building self-awareness into this scientific method truly unlocks the power of lean. More »
Combat Isolation with Productivity by Using PDCA for Effective Meetings, part two of two
By: Mark Reich | May 15, 2020
How to run a productive meeting, the Toyota Way More »
Grit, PDCA, Lean and other four-letter words
By: Josh Howell | December 10, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the nature of what author Angela Duckworth calls Grit. She defines grit as a sort of mash-up between passion and perseverance. What I’ve been thinking about is the way that grit overlaps with lean thinking and the sustained work of applying PDCA over many cycles over a sustained period of time. More »
Practical Guidance for Using Humble Inquiry in PDCA Problem Solving and Coaching
November 13, 2015
David Verble, a Toyota veteran and LEI faculty member, explains to lean coaches and continuous improvement professionals why "Humble Inquiry" is a core problem-solving skill and how to start using it. More »
Personal PDCA and How I Learned It
By: Mark Reich | June 16, 2015
"In 23 years at Toyota, I had many assignments and different bosses, I managed many people," writes Mark Reich, "but a constant part of the culture was what I’ve come to call 'personal PDCA' – a kind of mentored self-development cycle.  " Read how Reich came to understand this principle himself and how he teaches it to others. More »
How Wrong Assumptions about PDCA Problem Solving Destroy the Effectiveness of Lean Coaches
By: David Verble and Lea Tonkin | January 9, 2015
Problem solving based on the plan-do-check-act (PDCA) cycle is very different from what we typically call problem solving. Here's why, according to lean coaching expert David Verble, who provides some important tips on how to improve as a lean/ continuous improvement coach. More »
Am I doing PDCA correctly?
By: Ballé, Michael | June 30, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: How do I know if I’m doing PDCA correctly? More »
By: By Mike Rother and Jeff Uitenbroek | May 9, 2012
Thank you LEI for letting us share ideas & findings. Some things we in the Lean community have learned to believe may not actually be true. For our first posting we invite you to take a look -- and think about -- this discussion starter. More »
Managing to Pitch with PDCA (Pitch-Defend-Catch-Adjust)
By: Shook, John | July 28, 2009
Columns; eLetters
John Shook discusses lean thinking in baseball More »
The A3 as a PDCA Storyboard
By: LaHote, Dave | July 25, 2005
A3s; Articles; Charts, Graphs and Diagrams; Presentations
Thanks to Dave LaHote for sharing this PowerPoint that explains what an A3 is and how it can be used. This presentation was designed for using A3s to report on changes made as a result of kaizens or team problem solving. More »
Recognizing Effective PDCA Problem Solving
This workshop will review the basic six-step PDCA process for investigating problems and deciding the most effective ways to eliminate them. It is intended to help leaders and coaches develop the listening and observation skills to recognize and model sound PDCA problem solving based on grasp of actual conditions. It will also prepare leaders to facilitate teams in PDCA thinking and coach employees to develop the skills to apply the process on their own. More »
Art of Lean on Problem-Solving, Part 6: Team-Building Tools and Practices
By: Lean Leaper and Art Smalley | July 2, 2021
The storming phase of the Tuckman model of team formation can be tough to get out of, with Art Smalley sharing a technique that will help ease this process. More »
Are You Creating the Right Environment?
By: Josh Howell | June 1, 2021
Turner Construction is working hard to develop the "right environment" in which productive lean inquiry is baked into the working space of each situation their team is facing, writes Josh Howell. More »
Fight for Your Lean Team
By: Dan Prock | March 29, 2021
Managers, supervisors and coaches should mindfully support the storming and norming that teams require in order to grow an existing work team into a high performing lean community, says Dan Prock. More »
Six Lessons from the Hyper-Fast Design and Finished Construction of the Sherman Alternate Care Facility
By: Brad Booker and Mark Walsh | February 8, 2021
The authors, an architect, and a regional lean manager, share the lean principles that enabled the delivery of both the construction and design of a 274-bed, 100,000 square foot healthcare renovation in 25 days -- amid a pandemic. More »
Art of Lean on Situational Leadership, Part 3: D2-S2 and Coaching
By: Art Smalley | January 29, 2021
Part two saw Art Smalley discussing Toyota, Taiichi Ohno, and more examples of situational leadership being exemplified in real-time. This time, he returns to provide further examples and even more contextual information, getting into the stages and quadrants that will help you become an effective leader. More »
Tips for Following Through on Improvement Plan Execution
By: David Verble | January 13, 2021
There is a critical difference between follow-through and follow-up during the A3 problem-solving process as David Verble, a veteran lean management coach with 30+ years of hands-on experience with A3s, explains. More »
Avoiding Lean 'Flatlining': A Podcast with Mark Deluzio, Art Byrne, and Jim Womack
By: Lean Leaper | November 23, 2020
Mark Deluzio, lean consultant, practitioner, and author of Flatlined, discusses enduring challenges with Art Byrne and Jim Womack on this WLEI podcast. More »
Building People-Focused Problem-Solving Capacity
By: Lean Leaper | September 21, 2020
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 »
Dueling Methods: 8D and A3
By: David Verble | August 20, 2020
One of the scores of questions sent in by attendees at our recent webinar on the A3 problem-solving process was what's the difference between it and the 8Ds. Webinar presenter and continuous improvement coach David Verble explains. More »
How Using Kanban Builds Trust
By: Michael Ballé | August 12, 2020
Kanban functions as a trust machine because everyone using it must understand what they have to do and why, says Michael Balle: "Our purpose here is to share our ideas on what we believe is important in lean thinking.  " More »
How the A3 Process Developed to Help Build Better Managers, Part Two
By: John Shook and Isao Yoshino | August 7, 2020
In this second of two articles, Isao Yoshino and John Shook explore how A3 emerged as powerful practice at Toyota for developing better managers. More »
Why Product Focus is Customer Focus
By: Jim Morgan | July 6, 2020
How can you know your entire organization is aligned around delivering best in class value to your customer? Your product gives you that focus, says LEI's Jim Morgan. In a piece reminiscent of upcoming VLX classes, he argues that your product is who you are as an enterprise; it’s your identity. More »
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