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Design Thinking for Lean Practitioners
By: Durward Sobek | June 23, 2015
"You don’t have to look very far to see that lean problem-solving has a reputation of perfecting something that already exists.  ..  " writes Durward Sobek. "But in reality, lean problem-solving simply REQUIRES innovation because you are continually reinventing your systems and as we do this, we want to improve rapidly, not slowly.  " More »
But when should we use design thinking or lean thinking?
By: Michael Balle | February 12, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I read your latest and very interesting Gemba Coach column comparing design thinking and lean thinking. But when should we use each? More »
Are Design Thinking and Lean Thinking the Same?
By: Michael Ballé | January 29, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: As a practitioner and advocate of design thinking, I’ve been curious about lean, but it seems to me we’re talking about the same thing: essentially developing a PDCA mindset in people. Isn’t that the case? More »
Why It's Time to Embrace Design Thinking
By: Jane Bulnes-Fowles | July 11, 2013
What do lean thinking and design thinking have to do with each other? What do practitioners in each field have to learn from each other? More »
How Designing Value Streams, Not Just Products, Creates Competitive Advantage
By: Jim Morgan | July 1, 2021
In this month's Design Brief video, individuals from TechnipFMC and Pella Corporation explain the processes that led to an improvement in their value-streams. More »
Front-Load Your Design Process by Using Set-Based Design
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 1, 2021
Jeffrey Liker shares his experience researching lean product and process development at Toyota, unveiling the importance behind having a customer-driven concept, having one project leader, and more. 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
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 »
OU ISE students use ‘Lean Thinking’ to improve operations, optimize space at Humble Design warehouse
By: Oakland University | November 20, 2019
The first grant from a new scholarship fund established by the Boston-based nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) is helping Midwest engineering students improve operations at a warehouse providing donated furniture and household good to individuals, families, and veterans transitioning from homelessness.  The James P. Womack Scholarship and Philanthropy Fund, named for LEI founding CEO James Womack, provided an initial grant of $10,000 to place engineering students from Oakland University, Rochester, MI, at a Humble Design warehouse in Pontiac, MI.  The university’s magazine recently reported on how the students are improving operations, safety, and space utilization at the warehouse: https://www.  oakland.  More »
Questions and Coaching on A3 Thinking
By: Deborah McGee | June 19, 2019
In this Q&A, LEI's Deborah McGee shares insights into A3 thinking and problem-solving: "The A3 Management process is really a way of thinking and a method of working with (using) problems as a vehicle for learning. The A3 process leads us to gain alignment across our teams and organization. It is a method through which we can coach and mentor others, leading by example and earning the authority to lead change, even when or if we’re not in a role with positional power.  " More »
Designing the Future Book Club Questions
April 12, 2019
Designing the Future shares real-world examples from a diverse set of industries including aerospace, energy, software, automotive, healthcare, heavy equipment, and more.  In its pages, globally recognized lean development expert James Morgan teams up with world-renowned lean management guru Jeffrey Liker to explain how these leading companies are using this powerful new Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD) framework to create better futures for themselves and all their stakeholders.  Examples in the book show specifically how companies are redesigning product development systems to consistently design and deliver a progression of market-leading products and services.  LEI makes it easy to learn together, More »
Review: Designing the Future
By: Michael Ballé | November 27, 2018
Columns; eLetters
In his review of the new book Designing The Future, Michael Ballé points out that it “makes clear the central lean concept in product development: distinguishing what is fixed and what is flexible in new product design.  ” More »
WLEI: Designing the Future Jim Morgan Talks Passion with Dave Pericak - A WLEI Special
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | November 26, 2018
In this special edition series, Designing the Future. Jim Morgan talks with Dave Pericak, the Chief Engineer of the 2015 Ford Mustang.   Pericak was featured in A Faster Horse, a documentary exploring the ins and outs of designing world's most popular sports car.   Morgan is the author of the new book, Designing the Future and has spent over 30 years in industry as a product development leader including serving as a global engineering director at Ford Motor Company during the product-led revitalization under CEO Alan Mulally.  Learn more about Lean product and process development at leanpd.  org. More »
Designing the Future
By: James M. Morgan, Jeffrey K. Liker | October 26, 2018
Morgan and Liker go beyond broad generalizations on how to “be innovative” and dig deeper into the theoretical bedrock and concrete development practices that are generating exceptional results at pioneering LPPD companies. Examples in the book show specifically how companies are redesigning product development systems to consistently design and deliver a progression of market-leading products and services.    More »
2019 Designing the Future Summit
September 26, 2018
2019 Designing the Future Summit. June 27-28, 2019 - Traverse City, Michigan. A unique event for designers, product, process, and quality engineers, supply chain professionals, and development leaders as well as thought leaders to come together, learn from each other. More »
2018 Designing the Future Summit
January 25, 2018
2018 Designing the Future Summit. June 19-20, 2018 - Traverse City, Michigan. A unique event for designers, product, process, and quality engineers, supply chain professionals, and development leaders as well as thought leaders to come together, learn from each other. More »
The Future of Lean Healthcare: A Faster Type of Transformation?
By: Lean Leaper | November 9, 2017
We all know that lean transformations take a long time to occur, and in some senses, they never end. But what if we could change that? What if there was a way to expedite lean transformations for those industries with an urgent need, like healthcare? Here's what the Lean Global Network is doing to explore that. More »
Does lean change how you think about business?
By: Ballé, Michael | February 13, 2017
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I can see that lean changes how one thinks about business, but can’t quite put my finger on it. If you had to sum up the main changes in thinking, what would they be? More »
Advice from the Gemba: Best Tips for Designing a Work Experience
By: Lean Leaper | January 3, 2017
When designing a work experience, the benefits of having an experienced coach to guide you cannot be overstated. In this installment of Advice from the Gemba, three of the Lean Global Network's best coaches offer their favorite tips for designing a work experience. More »
An A3 Antidote to the Opiate Epidemic
By: Ryan Howard | December 15, 2016
Opiate use in America has been spiking at an alarming rate. Many healthcare organizations, such as the University of Michigan Medical School, are trying to fight the surge in use by controlling how many opioids they prescribe to their patients. Ryan Howard led a project to curb the number of opiate pills released to their community via the Medical School. Read more. More »
Are Your Processes REALLY People-Centric?
By: Kelly Moore | December 13, 2016
A process might look people-centric on paper, but the reality is often much different. Inspired by a half funny, half bemusing experience at an airport, Kelly Moore reflects on how to ensure that your processes are people-centric from the get-go. More »
Thinking About Thinking
By: AsapSCIENCE & Mike Rother | December 4, 2016
Don't believe everything you think. Practice scientific thinking and test your assumptions, because every step is an experiment! More »
When Lean Gets Personal
By: Jim Morgan | November 10, 2016
Lean is not simply about making things better; Jim Morgan shares how his experience with lean healthcare taught him how lean helps make people better. More »
Scientific Thinking for Everyone
By: Mike Rother | November 4, 2016
Scientific thinking is not difficult, it's just not our default mode. Anyone can learn to think more scientifically, by practicing the simple Starter Kata routines of the Improvement Kata. More »
The Crucible of Innovation
By: Jim Morgan | July 26, 2016
Innovation is key to a successful successful development project, we always read. But innovation is a fickle term that gets tossed around like a coin. Jim Morgan prefers putting his faith in design reviews to serve as his projects' heartbeat - read more to learn about design reviews and what you can do to get the most value out of them. More »
The Role of Strategic Design Events in Lean Healthcare: An Interview with Mindy Hangsleben
By: Cameron Ford and Mindy Hangsleben | May 3, 2016
Faced with a new incoming healthcare policy, Mindy Hangsleben and her team at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services knew a transformation was needed. Their solution to learning what they needed to become involved a strategic design event incorporating both lean and design thinking to gain the input they needed to adapt to the new policy. Read more. More »
Interoperability: The Human Dimension of Design Excellence
By: Timothy Schipper | February 10, 2016
Did you know only 51 percent of new product development efforts are meeting schedules, and a mere 56 percent meet profit objectives? And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Read more. More »
A Principles-Based Approach to Changing Healthcare Management
By: John Toussaint, MD | January 5, 2016
"This year alone over 250,000 Americans will die due to medical error," writes Dr. John Toussaint. "How can so many smart people be making so many terrible mistakes?" Dr. Toussaint sees it as a failure of the current healthcare management paradigm. Find out what he sees as the remedy to these problems - and how any healthcare organization can use it to improve their operations. More »
Using Cynefin to Solve Problems While Navigating Uncertainty
By: Kim Ballestrin | July 8, 2015
Kim Ballestrin, an agile coach, explains how her team at Telstra (an Australian telecommunications and IT company) uses a problem solving framework called Cynefin to better plan their work in the early stages of a project. More »
Let the Work Define the Process
By: Eric Ethington | May 28, 2015
We’re all short on time, but think for a moment with your team about the real work to be done in any process you’re working on or design you’re creating. Are you building from past experience or actual customer needs? Are you building from past experience or building to solve problems? More »
Using Value Stream Management to Better Care for Stroke Patients
By: Lori Smith | April 23, 2015
"To make value stream management really work, the most significant cause for transformation lay simply in the shifting of team members’ mindsets," writes Lori Smith. It’s been a long process, but over 5 years her team INTEGRIS has transformed the way they work. Learn what they did and read team members' feedback about the process in their own words. More »
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