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WLEI: 29. What’s the problem: A conversation with Pat Greco on transforming education through rapid problem solving
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | January 6, 2020
Audio
Pat Greco In 2011, Dr. Pat Greco began as the superintendent of the Menomonee Falls School District in Wisconsin. She faced no shortage of problems: a suspension rate seven times higher than the state average, performance gaps across income and race, cost overruns, and a failure to meet performance goals defined under the No Child Left Behind Act among others. Not to mention a new administration was upending collective bargaining for public sector employees instilling fear within the teachers she was setting out to lead.   By the end of her tenure she had led the school district to rank as one of the More »
Lean on Campus: Lean Education Academic Network (LEAN) to Advance Lean in Academia
By: George Taninecz | January 17, 2006
Articles
Educators have been playing hooky from the lean movement -- until now. The Lean Enterprise Institute has joined with professors who want to incorporate lean thinking into curricula to form LEAN, the Lean Education Academic Network. LEAN is a resource for members to share knowledge and teaching materials, collaborate, network, and as well as continuously improve lean education. Find out how you can get involved. More »
Searching for a Path Toward Healing
By: Josh Howell | June 9, 2020
Columns; eLetters
Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, the CEO of Lynn Community Health Center, shares the message he wrote to his staff about finding a path toward healing after the recent spate of racial violence and resulting civil unrest.    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 »
In Lean We Trust; Especially in a Crisis 
By: Josh Howell | March 17, 2020
Columns; eLetters
When phone calls and cancellations started coming in, the COVID-19 crisis became more than a news report about somewhere else.   We knew we had our own situation to deal with.    More »
Adopting a system driven mindset for continuous improvement
By: Lean Leaper | January 6, 2020
Columns
In this podcast, Dr. Pat Greco discusses how she managed to align students, teachers, administrators, and the board of education around a clear set of goals and systemically improved everyone’s performance through rapid PDCA cycles at the Menomonee Falls School District in Wisconsin. More »
How Do Lean CEOs Learn To Improve?
By: Nicolas Chartier | December 18, 2019
Columns
What, and how, do I have to learn? This key question confronts all CEOs who are practicing lean seriously, argues CEO Nicolas Chartier, who shares ways that he seeks to deepen his lean learning. More »
As head of a lean office, what must I do to really walk the talk?
By: Michael Ballé | May 13, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I am the head of a lean office. I’d like to lead by example, but it occurs to me that we often make the very same mistakes we coach others not to do. What must I watch out for in order to really walk the talk? More »
How do we get our boss to stop confusing inventory management with lean?
By: Michael Ballé | November 5, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Our new boss is a lean supporter and had us reduce drastically all inventories. Now we have missing parts all over the place and are late on delivering to our clients. I fail to see how this is going to make us more productive. More »
There are so many lean management principles to know and tools to master at the start – is there an easier way to begin?
By: Michael Balle' | October 22, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: Isn’t there an easier way to start lean? For a beginner, it seems like such a mountain to climb – all these things to know, tools to master, counter-intuitive principles to grapple with. Can’t we make access easier? More »
Learning to Teach the Soft Side of Lean
By: Tracey Richardson | April 23, 2018
Columns
If there’s one common theme among virtually any failed effort, it boils to a failure to engage people in the purpose, says Tracey Richardson. That's why before any industry or functional area attempts (beyond manufacturing) to learn lean thinking, the people leading the work must gain the mutual trust and respect from your workers by walking the walk. More »
Changing High School Culture with Lean Coaching
By: Tony Lamberton | April 20, 2017
Columns
Nearly eight years ago, headteacher Tony Lamberton of Christleton High School was struggling with poor reviews of his school. After reading and studying The Toyota Way, he launched an initiative to bring something brand new into his school’s operations: lean coaching. This is the story of that remarkable turnaround. More »
What should I know about lean management that I won’t find in books?
By: Michael Ballè | October 21, 2016
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’m new to lean and reading all I can find about it, but is there something specific I need to look out for; is there something I should know that I won’t find in the books? More »
Accounting for the Lean Accounting Award
By: Chet Marchwinski | August 18, 2016
Articles
In this series, we talk to past winners of the Excellence in Lean Accounting Award to learn what impact the award and the scholarship it supports has had on the teaching and practice of accounting.    More »
You Can't Learn Lean by Talking About It
By: Larry Navarre | September 8, 2015
Columns
Larry Navarre, instructor at Kettering University with 20 years experience in industry, shares what he's learned about teaching lean thinking. More »
How is leadership engaged and trained in lean?
By: Ballé, Michael | May 4, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: How is leadership engaged and trained in lean? More »
Developing Students, Improving Universities
By: Theresa Coleman-Kaiser | February 12, 2015
Columns
"Today, lean thinking in higher education is uncommon," writes Theresa Coleman-Kaiser of Michigan Tech University. "As a rule, institutions that teach lean continuous improvement in their academic curricula or that have centers or institutes to educate the public struggle themselves to be practitioners in their own administrative processes.  " Learn more about how Michigan Tech is working to change this. More »
KATA AT HOME
By: By Jeremiah Davis | February 1, 2015
Presentations
Start 'em Early! Create Scientific Thinkers. The Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata's practice routines for scientific thinking can be applied in business, education and -- as shown in this month's Kata video -- in our personal lives too. The Davis Family shows us how we can use the Improvement Kata pattern with our kids, nephews, nieces, grandkids - right now. Just think how well prepared they will be for life's challenges! More »
“Learning from Manufacturing” Versus Learning To Think Differently
By: Beau Keyte | December 3, 2014
Columns
Beau Keyte talks lean thinking and practice in non-manufacturing settings. "The big challenge now isn’t to learn lean thinking the way any other company learned it," he writes. "It’s to understand how to effectively grasp the problems you and your organization are trying to solve.  " More »
Just-In-Time Roundup: Great Lean Reads from Across the Web (Vol. 2)
By: Lean Leaper | November 7, 2014
Columns
Check out our editors' picks for great lean reads you may have missed, featuring stories from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Harvard Business Review, and our friends at Lean Enterprise Academy (UK) and Planet Lean. More »
The Essence of Developing People and Yourself
By: John Shook | August 21, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Jane Delaney is the CEO of a medium sized software company in the UK. As her company faces crisis upon crisis she finds herself forced to reexamine everything. Herself. Her role as a leader. Her own learning throughout a career that has led her to this point successfully. As she faces the fact that she has much more to learn in order to solve her company’s messy problems, Delaney realizes that the nature of the learning she needs has more to do with her than with the company. Ouch – company crisis becomes personal crisis. More »
Teaching Lean Concepts to Future STEM Professionals in New Philadelphia Ohio
By: Joe Pry | August 6, 2014
Columns
Joe Pry, Intro to Engineering teacher at New Philadelphia High School in Ohio, is bringing lean training for STEM professions to his students with a grant from the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio. Here's a story of four organizations working together to teach lean engineering concepts and connect students with manufacturing and engineering jobs in their communities. More »
Game On! Maybe Lean Can Be Fun
By: Lory Moniz | April 15, 2014
Columns
Lean is counterintuitive for most of us, and learning a new way of working at all is just challenging, no matter what. What do we do? LEI graphic designer Lory Moniz suggests playing more games if we want to get serious about lean learning. More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd Edition
By: Allen C. Ward and Durward K. Sobek II | March 5, 2014
Books
"The P-51 Mustang—perhaps the finest piston engine fighter ever built—was designed and put into flight in just a few months. Specifications were finalized on March 15, 1940; the airfoil prototype was complete on September 9; and the aircraft made its maiden flight on October 26. Now that is a lean development process!" —Allen Ward and Durward Sobek, commenting on the development of the P-51 Mustang and its exemplary use of trade-off curves.   Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award recipient, 2008Despite attempts to interpret and apply lean product development techniques, companies still struggle with design quality problems, long lead times, and high More »
Lean Product and Process Development, 2nd Edition (ebook)
By: Allen C. Ward and Durward K. Sobek II | March 5, 2014
Books
"The P-51 Mustang—perhaps the finest piston engine fighter ever built—was designed and put into flight in just a few months. Specifications were finalized on March 15, 1940; the airfoil prototype was complete on September 9; and the aircraft made its maiden flight on October 26. Now that is a lean development process!" —Allen Ward and Durward Sobek, commenting on the development of the P-51 Mustang and its exemplary use of trade-off curves.   Shingo Research and Professional Publication Award recipient, 2008Despite attempts to interpret and apply lean product development techniques, companies still struggle with design quality problems, long lead times, and high More »
Leadership Q&A: Gary Peterson, executive vice president, supply chain and operations, O.C. Tanner
By: Bartholomew, Doug | January 28, 2014
Articles
From the LEI senior executive series on lean leadership:Gary Peterson, executive vice president, supply chain and production at O.  C. Tanner, describes how the manufacturer of corporate awards builds a culture of problem solving and how he changed his management style. More »
Lean Accounting’s Acceptance Makes Slow, Steady Headway in Academia
By: Marchwinski, Chet | September 6, 2013
Articles
Professor Gerald DeBusk, PhD, winner of an Excellence in Lean Accounting Award from the Lean Enterprise Institute, reflects on the progress -- or lack of it -- of lean concepts in academia. 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 »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Four: The Lean Learning Leader
By: Bell, Steve | July 30, 2012
Articles
In the fourth article of a five-part series on Lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell addresses leadership and IT governance. Part One begins with the importance of lean business-IT integration. Part Two offers help with the common obstacles to a lean IT transformation. Part Three examines how to integrate the various IT communities. And Part Five explains how to measure business-IT Value. More »
How Should We Relate Lean Projects to KPIs in a Large Company?
By: Ballé, Michael | July 26, 2012
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: We have started a continuous improvement process with dedicated lean experts at each site. Until now our focus was on training. We link projects to a site impact-priority matrix. Management wants the improvements projects to be linked to key performance indicators (KPIs) such as on-time delivery and cost of quality. They want these KPIs identified, and progress reported on how the projects impact the KPIs monthly. Could you guide me on how this can be done? More »
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