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Getting Started with Lean
By: Joshua Rapoza and James P. Womack | July 26, 2018
Columns
I managed to get Jim Womack in our recording studio (well, its a room that has recording equipement, so I guess that makes it a recording studio), and I asked him that question "Where do I start?" I liked it so much we animated it! More »
Getting Started with Lean Animation
July 25, 2018
Videos and Webinars
Where do I start? This is perhaps the most common question we get at the Lean Enterprise Institute. Jim Womack shared his thoughts on getting started with lean. More »
VSM Getting Started Set
By: Lean Enterprise Institute, Mike Rother, John Shook
Books; Training Packages
We’ve combined 4 of our most popular products into 1 good deal on the essential materials for value-stream mapping. More »
“Too much, Too early” and other Common Pitfalls of Lean Product Development
By: Eric Ethington, Chet Marchwinski and Matt Zayko | June 29, 2020
Columns
Veteran product development coaches Eric Ethington and Matt Zayko provide insights about the most common mistakes they see companies make when implementing Lean Product and Process Development (LPPD). More »
Rivian: The Electric-Vehicle Company Taking the Auto Industry by Storm
By: Josh Howell | February 17, 2020
Columns
In this podcast, Rivian Founder and CEO R.  J. Scaringe and former COO Jim Morgan discuss the challenges of forming a bold electric car company from scratch. Starting with nothing a decade ago and now fueled by billions of dollars and more than 1000 employees, the company is set to launch two "electric adventure vehicles" domestically later this year. More »
Can lean management help with the start of production?
By: Michael Ballé | December 9, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  Can lean management help with the start of production? More »
What Is Your Leadership Model?
By: Nicolas Chartier | September 13, 2019
Columns
In this reflection based on his work as CEO Lean is a leadership model: for more than 60 years now it has been developed, analyzed, tested, adapted; largely by Toyota but also by many others, copying, adding, evolving. More »
Getting the Right Things Done Book Club Questions
July 25, 2019
Articles
Getting the Right Things Done chronicles the journey of the company and its President and COO, an experienced lean leader who was hired five years ago to steer Atlas in the right direction. While Atlas had already applied some basic lean principles, it had not really connected the people and business processes so that the company could dramatically improve. Atlas’ challenge: “Something was missing: a way of focusing and aligning the efforts of good people, and a delivery system, something that would direct the tools to the right places.  ” Enter strategy deployment.  LEI makes it easy to learn together, download More »
Getting Home
By: Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg | March 22, 2019
Books
When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded around New Orleans, they revealed unimaginable destruction and a traditional disaster recovery process that was Byzantine, costly, and far too slow for the victims who just wanted to get home.  Getting Home is the inspiring story of a defense lawyer and a school teacher who left their careers to rebuild homes for desperate survivors but wound up reconstructing the entire process for rebuilding after disasters. Authors Liz McCartney and Zack Rosenburg describe how SBP, the disaster relief nonprofit they founded, partnered with Toyota to apply the lean principles of the Toyota Production System More »
Getting Home (Chapter 1)
March 22, 2019
Articles
An excerpt from Getting HomeChapter One: A Teacher and a Lawyer Walk into a Hippie TentThe eeriest thing was the stillness. Especially at night when there should have been bugs and frogs singing all around, we would lie in our tent and listen to the silence. There were no birds to wake us up in the morning, only the sounds of people wrestling pots and pans, preparing breakfast. In the middle of a once-vibrant parish just outside New Orleans proper, it was too quiet.  This was six months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, six months after the levees failed More »
Getting Home (Foreward)
March 22, 2019
Articles
An excerpt from Getting HomeForewardThe eeriest thing was the stillness. Especially at night when there should have been bugs and frogs singing all around, we would lie in our tent and listen to the silence. There were no birds to wake us up in the morning, only the sounds of people wrestling pots and pans, preparing breakfast. In the middle of a once-vibrant parish just outside New Orleans proper, it was too quiet.  This was six months after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast, six months after the levees failed and stormwater rushed through streets, over and into homes, businesses, and More »
Why should I manage as if I had no power when power is the most effective way of getting things done?
By: Michael Ballé | February 18, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  I’m tired of hearing I should manage as if I had no power. Surely power is the most effective way of getting things done, isn’t it? More »
How do I start to learn "real lean" when my company practices "fake lean"?
By: Michael Ballé | January 21, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  I understand now there is “real lean” and “fake lean.  ” I suspect my company has been practicing fake lean all these years. If I wanted to learn real lean, where should I start? More »
I have years of experience in operational excellence but if I were to start lean where should I start?
By: Michael Ballé | November 12, 2018
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  I have years of experience in operational excellence and have always assumed that lean is just a more gemba-focused way of improving processes. You seem to think that lean and operational excellence differ widely. If I were to start lean, in your sense, where should I start? 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 »
Ask Art: Why Do People Reject Proof that Lean Works?
By: Art Byrne | June 11, 2018
Columns
Despite compelling proof, most people will find a way to doubt the power of lean to improve their particular work, shares Art Byrne, who argues that it is critical to press forward despite this natural and inevitably resistance. More »
Mapping a Reading List to Lean
By: Jim Benson | May 4, 2018
Columns
We humans want to see what is happening, understand how we and our colleagues best collaborate, solve problems, make good decisions, and have an insatiable desire to be better. This Lean reading list by Jim Benson steps outside the obvious texts and provides offerings with a foundation for these critical skills. More »
Out of Fertile "Pre-Lean" Soil Bloom Lean Leaders
By: Jacob Stoller | May 1, 2018
Columns
A new generation of leaders varies in individual styles but shares common beliefs that create a foundation for successful lean transformations, collectively identified here as “pre-lean thinking.  ” More »
ASK ART: Can poetry be used as a tool for implementing lean?
By: Art Byrne | January 2, 2018
Columns
“Inventory is evil,” said King Arthur of kaizen. So he came to Dame Barbie with his plan. “You must make these horrid racks go away Or February 25 is your banishment day.  ” More »
Your Favorite Lean Posts of 2017: A Lean Post Holiday Special
By: Lean Leaper | December 21, 2017
Columns
2017 has seen another terrific year of content on the Lean Post. Over the past 12 months we've released dozens of articles on the latest news, research, stories and tips from all of you, the members of the lean community. Today we share the top 10 most popular. More »
Don't Start with Tools!
By: Mark Rosenthal and Craig Stritar | October 26, 2017
Columns
Starting off your lean transformation with one of the various tools at your disposal is certainly tempting. But according to Craig Stritar and Mark Rosenthal, that's a temptation you need to resist. Drawing on examples from Toyota and their own experiences, Stritar and Rosenthal explain their preferred gateway to lean transformation. More »
The Concept Paper for a New Product: The Kickstart of a LPPD Project
By: José R. Ferro | June 14, 2017
Columns
Lean product and process development is not an easy undertaking, neither to understand nor execute. Luckily, there is a tool that can help remedy this ever-common problem: the Concept Paper. More »
Your Gemba Isn't the Only Gemba to Walk
By: Aaron Hunt | May 31, 2017
Columns
We all know the critical importance of gemba walks in our organization. But what many of us forget is that sometimes visiting OTHER gembas can be just as value add as visiting our own. Aaron Hunt knows this well - in his latest Post, he shares two stories of how visiting someone else's gemba inspired him to improve his own. More »
Advice from the Gemba: Personal Kanbans for Lean Beginners
By: James Connolly, Cameron DiGregorio and Kristen Gandek | May 25, 2017
Columns
Kanban boards. For many of us, they were the first visual management tools we used that taught us the benefits of lean. They're simple, effective and easily customizable to suit your own unique work and challenges. Today, three of LEI's relative newcomers to lean share their own personal kanban boards and the impact they've had on their work. More »
What Too Many Lean Leaders Forget about Gemba Walks
By: Darren Walsh | April 13, 2017
Columns
Lean Coach Darren Walsh of the UK's Lean Enterprise Academy has seen many lean leaders make a troubling, yet highly avoidable, mistake on their gemba walks. Are you making that same mistake? Read his article and find out what it is and how to avoid it! More »
Lean Quotes from "The Work of Management" to Inspire You and Your Team
By: Lean Leaper | April 7, 2017
Columns
For this special bonus content, check out these quotes from the new book, The Work of Management. We've included links for easy tweeting, so share away and get inspired to hone your own management systems. More »
Lean Roundup: Pull
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | March 30, 2017
Columns
A pull system links all production activity to actual customer demand--and creates what one lean thinker calls "an architecture for kaizen.  " Read more about this key lean principle. More »
Lean in One Drawing
By: Dave LaHote | February 15, 2017
Columns
LEI faculty member, Dave Lahote, shares his concept of thinking about lean as a system and to demonstrate the linkage between lean tools and how the system can create organizational advantage. More »
What's a good "small step" to start off my LPPD transformation? A Q&A with Katrina Appell
By: Katrina Appell | January 17, 2017
Columns
A lean product and process development transformation may seem daunting, but all you really need to get started is a series of simple yet effective "small steps.  " Here's Katrina Appell on her favorite. More »
Ask Art: Why Is Something As Simple As Lean So Difficult to Do?
By: Art Byrne | December 21, 2016
Columns
"Recently my good friend Paul Akers of FastCap and lean blogging fame asked me why lean, which appears to be so simple, ends up being so hard for people to do," writes Art Byrne. "In my decades of leading lean, in fact, this has proven to be perhaps the most important challenge.  " More »
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