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TWI Job Instruction As a Way of Sharing High Value Knowledge
By: Patrick Graupp | June 18, 2014
Columns
"Before we try to create value, we first need to study the jobs — looking for those parts of the job that require time and experience to learn," writes Patrick Graupp, master trainer at the TWI Institute. "How do we do this? We talk with the experienced people who have taken the time to know these jobs well.  " More »
TWI: Job Instruction
Workshops
This workshop will provide an overview of TWI with a focus on the Job Instruction program. Job Instruction is The Way to get A person to Quickly Remember how to do A job Correctly, Safely, and Conscientiously. These work standards then provide the foundation for employee engagement, continuous improvement and problem solving. More »
TWI: Job Relations
Workshops
Along with LEI’s workshop TWI: Job Instruction, the Job Relations Training for Leaders class provides an overview of another component of the Training Within Industry Program which was created by the United States during World War II, and has been used by Toyota and other Japanese companies for over 50 years to develop leaders and an exceptional workforce. More »
How To Fold a T-Shirt: TWI Job Instruction
By: Lean Leaper | March 5, 2021
Columns
In this updated video from the 2013 LEI archive, Josh Howell demonstrates and explains the Training Within Industry Job Instruction steps—revealing why TWI JI plays a vital role in implementing standardized work and encouraging lean thinking. More »
Art of Lean on Situational Leadership, Part 2: Toyota, Taiichi, and TWI Job Instruction
By: Art Smalley | January 22, 2021
Columns
After the introduction to what situational leadership actually is, Art Smalley returns to run through some examples as to how this process of development has been, and continues to be, incredibly effective. Stay tuned for next week's episode as well, which will tackle further quadrants and coaching examples. More »
Using TWI Job Instruction to Supplement CDC Guidelines
By: Patrick Graupp | November 6, 2014
Columns
"Healthcare organizations across the country have been implementing lean practice into their work, but not without some resistance," writes Patrick Graupp. One thing fighting the Ebola virus reminds us is the "reality that much of the work in healthcare can and should follow standard practice," Graupp says. Read more. More »
The Human Element of TWI (Training Within Industry)
By: Patrick Graupp | May 20, 2014
Columns
"When I’ve taught the TWI courses in countries all over the world, from India to Malaysia to Mexico to Germany, everyone understands and embraces these concepts because the focus on humanity is universal," writes Patrick Graupp. "These concepts transcend differences in culture and economic barriers.  " More »
Using Training Within Industry (TWI) Techniques for Rapid and Sustainable Problem Solving
Workshops
Join us for a workshop based on scientifically-proven Training Within Industry (TWI) techniques designed to help you and your team (and the organization) learn faster. We will practice in real time through a lock-building simulation. More »
Accounting and Finance - How Can We Help?
By: Mike De Luca | April 3, 2020
Articles
I’ve been thinking about what we as Lean Finance and Accounting practitioners can be doing during this time of “business-as-unusual” and wanted to offer a few ideas that I hope will generate thoughtful discussion, sharing and co-learning as a community. More »
What's your definition of lean?
By: Ballé, Michael | August 13, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: My company is adopting lean, which has so many definitions that I find it confusing. What's your definition and why can’t all these lean experts agree? More »
Lean 101 Learning Path
June 14, 2018
Articles; Forms and Templates
New to Lean Thinking & Practice and not sure where to start? Try LEI's Lean 101 Learning Path to help guide your learning. More »
What the heck is a dojo?
By: Ballé, Michael | July 27, 2015
Columns; eLetters
ear Gemba Coach: What is a “dojo”? I hear about it but don’t find it referenced in the lean tools. Is it important? More »
Training Within Industry for the 21st Century
By: Patrick Graupp and Jeff Morrow | April 29, 2015
Columns
"How about a program that does for senior leaders today what Training Within Industry did for Japanese management in the 50s?" ask Jeff Morrow and Patrick Graupp. "In this still young new century, we must take the wisdom of the past and apply it effectively to the challenges of the new age.  " More »
Is there a difference between executive coaching and lean coaching?
By: Ballé, Michael | February 23, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Is there a difference between executive coaching and lean coaching? More »
How should I accelerate my own learning?
By: Ballé, Michael | September 22, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: How should I accelerate my own learning? More »
Coaching
By: Shook, John | June 26, 2014
Columns; eLetters
I'm a long-time fan of Brasilian futbol (or as some of us call it, soccer). This World Cup, I've been won over by the Mexican team. Why? Coach Miguel Herrera. Why? His passion is infectious. As a fan, I love it. Coaching, though, isn't just one thing. More »
Lean Lexicon 5th Edition
By: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. | January 21, 2014
Books
The fifth edition of the Lexicon, first published in January 2003, is 140 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon already covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms. More »
Lean Lexicon 5th Edition (eBook)
By: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. | January 21, 2014
Books
The fifth edition of the Lexicon, first published in January 2003, is 140 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon already covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms. More »
Lean Lexicon 5th Edition - PDF
January 21, 2014
Books
The fifth edition of the Lexicon, first published in January 2003, is 140 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon already covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms. More »
How does lean fit together with Lean Startup concepts?
By: Ballé, Michael | January 6, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I work in IT and discovered lean through the Lean Startup movement. Now, as I read more about it, I find that lean is about the complete elimination of waste. How does that fit together with  Lean Startup concepts? More »
What Exactly Is - or Isn't - a Lean System?
By: Ballé, Michael | December 20, 2013
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’m confused as to what a “lean system” is or should be. Could you clarify? More »
How to Fold a T-Shirt
By: Josh Howell | November 20, 2013
Columns
Training Within Industry Job Instruction is a four-step method that teaches an individual how to do a job correctly, safely, and consistently while meeting all requirements. In this video, LEI senior coach Josh Howell demonstrates standardized training for standardized work. More »
Why don’t middle managers practice A3 thinking? (Part 2)
By: Ballé, Michael | June 3, 2013
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’m a lean consultant, and have been hired by a large service organization to develop an A3 problem solving training program for their middle-management. Why is it so hard to engage middle-managers in rigorous analysis? It’s not that they don’t understand the concepts or that they don’t feel it could help. They often just don’t seem to get it. How can I do my work here? More »
How do we get started with standard work?
By: Ballé, Michael | February 27, 2013
Columns; eLetters
How do we get started with standard work? The literature seems to say there can’t be meaningful kaizen without standards, but although we have procedures for everything, they seem very far removed from “standards.  ”  I think I see what we need to do but the job seems daunting! More »
2013 Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit
January 17, 2013
Events
June 5-6, 2013 - Orlando, Florida. Learn how innovative experiments are changing the way we deliver and pay for healthcare with a focus on value. More »
2013 Transformation Summit
November 15, 2012
Events
March 13-14, 2013 - Orlando, Florida. Focus and accelerate your lean efforts by using your tranformation model to guide capability development. More »
2012 Transformation Summit
November 14, 2011
Events
March 7-8, 2012 - Jacksonville, FL. Learn how to borrow the learning curve of Lean Thinkers who are sharing resources and experiences through collaborative learning groups. More »
Are You Pulling?
By: Ballé, Michael | February 25, 2011
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach:  We’ve made a substantial effort in training all our operators to standardized work (SW) by deploying Training Within Industry(TWI) principles across all our sites. While we’ve had some good results, the level of discipline on SW is disappointing, and many cells are producing well below target cycle time. Do you have any pointers for us? More »
Glad That I Asked You
By: Shook, John | January 20, 2011
Columns; eLetters
About 400 of you responded with excellent suggestions for the final "Learning Session" for the upcoming LEI Lean Transformation Summit. As you will recall, every year among the Summit offerings is a set (six this year) of focused learning sessions. You told us that your biggest interests were in the areas of management and capability development. More »
2011 Transformation Summit
November 11, 2010
Events
March 9-10, 2011 - Dallas, TX. Explore lean practices from the perspectives of Fundamentals and New Frontiers at this year's summit. More »
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