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Practicing Lean Fundamentals in an Office Environment
By: Locher, Drew | January 24, 2013
Articles
Applying lean principles in service organizations and administrative processes within manufacturing companies often confounds companies. Lean faculty member and author Drew Locher offers four key steps to focus on for success. More »
Frontiers and Fundamentals
By: John Shook | November 16, 2010
Columns; eLetters
Thank you to the over 350 of you who replied to my letter of last month by sending in suggestions for a Learning Session at the 2011 Lean Transformation Summit.   I've spent some time reading your suggestions, in addition to hundreds of emails over the past couple of months, as well as your responses to LEI's annual Community survey… More »
Forward to Fundamentals Redux – Kaizen Express
By: Shook, John | May 5, 2009
A3s; Columns; eLetters
Thanks to those of you who joined last week’s webinar. We had some great questions, only a few of which we dealt with during the limited webinar time. One specific request I’ve received is that I spend more time introducing the new LEI book Kaizen Express. If Kaizen Express is intended as an aid in the “forward to fundamentals” movement, just what kinds of things does it hold in store? More »
Forward to Fundamentals
By: Shook, John | April 22, 2009
Columns; eLetters
John Shook talks about the importance of lean fundamentals More »
Lean Fundamentals for Sales Organizations
Workshops
This workshop is an expansion of lean concepts and tools for Sales practitioners, as well as the organizational leadership responsible for creating and implementing strategies. By discussing real problems and how to apply new concepts, participants will become better prepared to assess when, where, and how to leverage learning and problem solving techniques in their own specific circumstances. More »
Practicing Lean Fundamentals in an Office Environment
Workshops
Description: This two-day workshop has been designed for individuals and teams who work in office and service environments that want to gain a better understanding of the philosophy, thinking and acting within a Lean Enterprise and how it might benefit their customers, organizations, and staffs. It will demonstrate the overall approach for implementing a lean transformation including both work and management processes in your organization. More »
Ask Art: Why Implement Lean During A Pandemic?
By: Art Byrne | August 19, 2020
Columns
Implementing lean during this pandemic will allow many more companies to emerge from this economic crisis in far better shape than they were in before, says Art Byrne. In fact they will emerge much stronger than if they just tried to ride it out by making small changes to their existing batch approach. More »
How A Complete Lean Production System Fuels Global Success
By: James P. Womack | July 22, 2020
Columns
In this article prepared for the 2007 relaunch of the seminal book The Machine that Changed the World, co-author Jim Womack correctly forecast Toyota's rise, and identifes the key elements of a dynamic lean production system. More »
Ask Art: Why Do Most Companies Think Of Lean as Just a Cost Reduction Program?
By: Art Byrne | July 15, 2020
Columns
We shouldn’t be surprised at all that most companies approach lean as a cost reduction program, when it really is better understood as a time-based growth strategy, says Art Byrne, who points out the strategic benefits that accrue to companies practicing lean completely. More »
Why We Believe Tough Times and Opportunity Go Hand in Hand
By: Lean Sensei Women | July 1, 2020
Columns
In this detailed set of suggestions for managing the current challenges posed by Covid-19, Rose Heathcote and the Lean Sensei Women focus on leveraging assets in these cash-strapped times: "How we handle the crisis is a defining moment. How we prepare for life after the crisis is vital.  " More »
How to Fail At Lean in Four Easy Steps
By: Regis Medina | June 19, 2020
Columns
Nobody wants to fail at lean, to be sure. Author Regis Medina calls our four surefire ways to achieve this goal, and suggests a more productive way of thinking moving forward. More »
How NOT to Jump to Solutions When Facing A Problem
By: Dan Markovitz | June 4, 2020
Columns
Dan Markovitz argues that productive leaders solve problems by leveraging a deep understanding of the facts, buffering them from the temptation to jump to solutions. Before you come up with a solution to a problem, go to the crime scene and see for yourself. Make sure you have the facts, not just the data. More »
Why Good Lean Detectives Visit the Crime Scene
By: Dan Markovitz | May 28, 2020
Columns
You can't solve a problem with data alone, says Dan Markovitz. He urges you to go to the "crime scene," the source of the problem, to gather the facts required for a full analysis of what has gone wrong. More »
Five Revolutions Into the Lean Journey: What's Next?
By: Dan Jones | May 25, 2020
Columns
The current pandemic serves as an opportunity for us to rethink the world of enterprise (and more), says Dan Jones. He reflects on five lean revolutions, and he explores how, once Covid-19 passes, lean may continue to shape mindful and purposeful enterprise. More »
When Is The Best Time To Implement Profit Sharing?
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | May 4, 2020
Columns
Orry Fiume argues that when businesses reopens, there are many things that will be different; and that when they do it will be time to make profit sharing one of the widespread features of the “new normal”. More »
Why Lean Remains A Superior Business Model and Way of Thinking
By: Daniel T. Jones | March 13, 2020
Columns
The lean business model offers an alternative to conventional thinking, says Dan Jones. He argues that it achieves a premium price by being better at helping customers to meet their needs and retaining them, rather than dominating markets and controlling customers. More »
Lean in the Time of Coronavirus
By: Tom Ehrenfeld and James P. Womack | March 9, 2020
Columns
While lean offers no direct countermeasure to tackling the current coronavirus health challenge, Jim Womack points out in this podcast that key lean practices such as just-in-time supply chains should not be mistakenly viewed as compromised practices that contribute to maladaptive responses. More »
How Well Can Lean Principles Fuel New Ventures Like Tesla and Rivian?
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | February 24, 2020
Columns
How well do lean principles apply to the grueling challenge of launching a company—let alone launching a brand new automotive company? More »
Ask Art: What Are the Most Important Management Changes Needed to Implement A Lean Turnaround?
By: Art Byrne | February 19, 2020
Columns
Lean thinking requires a totally different mindset than traditional management, argues lean veteran Art Byrne. This is probably the most significant reason that companies fail to make the lean leap. They simply can’t get rid of their traditional mindset. Here he shares the key changes needed for a successful lean turnaround. More »
Share Best Thinking Rather than Best Practices
By: Karen Gaudet | February 7, 2020
Columns
Lean Coach Karen Gaudet argues that Best Practices don't always align with Best Thinking, and suggests that "the next time you find yourself sharing a solution developed by someone else, first ask the critical question 'Is the problem the same?'" More »
How Ron Kelner Helped Build A System of Improvement at Deublin
By: Josh Howell | February 3, 2020
Columns
In this podcast, Deublin COO Ron Kelner shares with Josh Howell the long learning journey of his company as it pursues lean, moving beyond creating a foundation of tools-based improvement, and towards developing a business system with problem-solving and people development at its core. More »
Why We Believe that Pull Flows Are Too Often Overlooked
By: Lean Sensei Women | January 29, 2020
Columns
In this incisive series of articles on the essential value of pulled flow, the lean sensei women argue, in the words of Catherine Chabiron, that pulled flows are not just a manufacturing fad. It is the only way we know to dig deeper into our jobs, collaborate better, and eventually face all the real problems. More »
Working Hard...For One Minute
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | January 24, 2020
Columns
Anyone who doubts the ability of their people to work hard in enacting change--or who blames problems on their "people" should look hard in the mirror, says lean veteran Orry Fiume. More »
Ask Art: What Happens When Standard Cost Accounting Meets Takt Time?
By: Art Byrne | January 22, 2020
Columns
Trying to become a lean enterprise while retaining traditional standard cost accounting is an exercise in futility. It was developed for a steady state environment and is obsolete once a company changes to a lean “continuous improvement” strategy, says Art Byrne. It is therefore important to understand that one of the first things you need to do in your lean turnaround is to replace your standard cost approach with lean or “plain English”accounting. More »
Time To Make Time
By: John Y. Shook | January 17, 2020
Columns
When the people in a lean system don't value time, everyone is cheated, says John Shook, in this fascinating reflection on the role that time plays in a close observation of work. More »
Does A Lack Of Physical Inventory Make Office Work “Different”?
By: Ken Eakin | January 10, 2020
Columns
While "waste" is easy to see and address in a factory setting, people working in an office environment have just as much to gain from learning how to reduce excess inventory and other forms of waste, says Ken Eakin. More »
What Ever Happened to Mura?
By: Ken Eakin | December 6, 2019
Columns
If we really want to dig down into the root causes of waste, we need to bring the two lost Ms of muri and mura back into the basic “Lean 101” curriculum and vocabulary, argues lean thinker Ken Eakin More »
Lean at Heart: Kanban
By: Masia Goodman | November 1, 2019
Columns
The underlying principles of lean can be found everywhere in daily life. In this article Masia Goodman identifies examples of "Better" practices that overlap with known lean principles. More »
Why We Believe that Lean is More Than A Manufacturing Approach
By: Lean Sensei Women | October 25, 2019
Columns
Is Lean thinking a thing of the past from glorious manufacturing times in the late twentieth century? Or, on the other hand, is it possible that Lean is still the best approach today to address ever-more-complex human endeavors? Read the thoughts of these Lean sensei women on the topic. More »
The Power of Inspiration
By: Paige Henry | October 23, 2019
Columns
Lean thinker Paige Henry shares a call to action: let’s get our leaders and people to realize “it’s about the think” to prevent problems happening in the first place, and when they do, that we need to enable them to think of multiple countermeasures rather than going with the solution that “they’ve seen/used a million times before.  ” More »
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