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Small Batch: Hand-Picked Articles from the Global Lean Community (Vol. 1)
By: Lean Leaper | August 26, 2015
Columns
A roundup of the best recent articles and case studies from our friends at Planet Lean - this time from Brazil, Iceland, and Poland. More »
LEI Expands Global Network
By: Womack, Jim | June 3, 2002
Columns; eLetters
When I founded the Lean Enterprise Institute in Boston in 1997, I wanted to create a global network of non-profit institutes working horizontally to advance the ideas of lean thinking by conducting Lean Summits, presenting workshops, and offering translations of lean workbooks in their country or region. But I knew that doing so would depend on initiatives by members of the lean community across the world. The idea was not to create a pyramid, with LEI Boston at the top, but rather a network of independent institutes committed to common principles, with each node collaborating with every other node. So More »
Coping with COVID-19: Lessons from The Plague
By: John Y. Shook | March 25, 2020
Columns
In this time of pandemic, John Shook shares some ways this novel coronavirus is impacting him personally, noting "For Camus, hope is the enemy. But, from where I sit today (I may sit somewhere else or lie prone tomorrow), hope embodied in action is in itself medicinal. The most powerful medicine is to take caring action.  ” More »
Steady Work (Chapter 1)
By: Karen Gaudet | February 7, 2020
Articles
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance. More »
Steady Work (Introduction)
By: Karen Gaudet | February 7, 2020
Articles
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance. More »
Steady Work (TOC)
By: Karen Gaudet | February 7, 2020
Articles
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance. More »
Steady Work
By: Karen Gaudet | February 3, 2020
Books
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance. More »
Steady Work (Audiobook)
By: Karen Gaudet | February 3, 2020
Audio; Books
Transforming frontline operations in a retail chain the size of Starbucks is a story in itself. This book goes further, investigating how lean thinking addressed huge demand fluctuation in a retail environment across thousands of stores, and then how baristas and managers in Newtown, Connecticut used that system to get them through the worst week imaginable. It is a deeply personal story with global relevance. More »
WLEI: Designing the Future Jim Morgan Talks Passion with Dave Pericak - A WLEI Special
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | November 26, 2018
Audio
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 »
Shook Addresses Current State of Lean Thinking After U.S-Turkey Tiff Compels Keynote Countermeasure
By: John Y. Shook | December 14, 2017
Columns
Indefatigable presenter John Shook quickly made this video as a countermeasure to being denied entry to Turkey, where he was scheduled to keynote an Istanbul conference. More »
SBP Has a Helping Hand in Hurricane Harvey
By: Zack Rosenburg | August 31, 2017
Columns
Learn how SBP (formerly Saint Bernard Project) is using lean to help victims of Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters -- plus what you can do to help! More »
KATA CREATES CULTURE
By: By Tilo Schwarz & LEI Hungary | November 1, 2015
Presentations
Tilo Schwarz and his team at Festool (Germany) used practice of the Improvement Kata & Coaching Kata routines to make improvement part of everyone's daily work, and earned two European operational excellence awards in the process. In this 30-minute presentation from LEI Hungary's Lean Summit, Tilo shows how IK+CK is a management system that increases scientific problem solving ability through practice of specific behaviors. LEI Hungary is the newest Lean Global Network member. More »
Lean Principles Are Changing How the U.S. Recovers from Tornadoes & Floods
By: Chet Marchwinski and Zack Rosenburg | February 17, 2015
Columns
When the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina receded, they uncovered tens of thousands of homes in devastated areas such as St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, that needed rebuilding. But the subsiding waters also exposed a rebuilding process that needed rethinking. More »
Sam MacPherson on the Green Beret Way to Develop Leaders
By: Chet Marchwinski | February 4, 2015
Columns
Training leaders to perform at high levels during a lean transformation or in the Army’s vaunted Green Berets has more in common than you think, according to retired Special Forces commander Sam MacPherson. Chet Marchwinski sits down with MacPherson to talk leadership and learning. More »
Two Years in Tanzania and a Whole New Understanding of Purpose
By: Michael Grogan | January 13, 2015
Columns
Mike Grogan quit his job in corporate America and moved to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania where he began working with a nonprofit healthcare organization that provides disability and maternal healthcare services. Read what Grogan learned from the experience about organizational transformation, how to make an impact, and himself. More »
Jim Womack and Dan Jones on the Evolution and Future of Lean
By: Roberto Priolo | December 23, 2014
Columns
At the UK Lean Summit last month, Roberto Priolo caught up with Jim Womack and Dan Jones to talk about the current and future state of the lean movement. Watch the full interview or read key insights from Womack and Jones. 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 »
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 »
Framing Art and Science: What Lean Knowledge Are We Going to Create Together?
By: Terry Barnhart | September 25, 2014
Columns
"What is the purpose of lean product development? Where are its limits? Who plays, and what is 'out of bounds?' Such an identity 'crisis' is thrilling to see. It is the hallmark of an emerging science," writes Terry Barnhart. Read Terry's thoughts on the challenge ahead for the lean community in terms of sharing lean product and process development concepts with the world. More »
PDCA, BML, TMC: Learning Lean From Lean
By: Matthew Savas | August 7, 2014
Columns
"Lean, Lean UX, and Lean Startup – there' a lot of 'lean' out there," writes Matthew Savas. "Is this good or bad?" What's most important, Savas says, is an allegiance to true PDCA. What do you think? More »
Closer Collaboration for a Leaner Planet
By: Roberto Priolo | July 16, 2014
Columns
Roberto Priolo, editor of Planet Lean, makes the case for lean learning and collaboration across the globe. More »
Looking Back and Ahead at The Lean Transformation Summit
By: Chet Marchwinski | June 20, 2014
Columns
Read the highlights from the 2014 Lean Transformation Summit in Orlando (featuring transformation stories from companies like GE, Cardinal Health, and Food Bank For New York City) and tell us what you'd like to see and learn at next year's summit! More »
Beyond Lean: Towards Compression Thinking
By: Robert W. (Doc) Hall | May 28, 2014
Columns
"Lean thinkers make things better by framing issues as Problems," writes Doc Hall. "Yet today our great challenges transcend corporate Problems. The core Problems confronting the entire global community call for thinking that goes beyond what we consider 'Lean.  '" More »
Opportunity Lost?
By: José R. Ferro | May 14, 2014
Columns
President of Lean Institute Brasil, José Ferro, gives us the background situation on the World Cup and tells us about the problems and opportunities it presents for Brazil. More »
Japanese Cult Invades Saskatchewan Government
By: John Shook | March 20, 2014
Columns
Lean has become a political football in the normally congenial province of Saskatchewan. Read what John Shook has to say about the matter. More »
Show Me the Money!
By: Michael Ballé | February 26, 2014
Columns
In his latest piece for the Post, Michael Ballé writes, "If we don’t get better at showing explicitly where the gains of lean thinking and practice lay, why should managers listen?" More »
Hooray for Honda
By: Jim Womack | February 11, 2014
Columns
"We in the lean movement talk an awful lot about Toyota. But Honda has always been my favorite company in the lean universe," writes Jim Womack. "They were enormously helpful to me and the MIT research team.  .. and they were the first to apply lean logic in creating a global production and engineering system.  " More »
The Best Lean Post Articles 2013: Editors’ Picks
By: Lex Schroeder | January 21, 2014
Columns
A roundup of high value-added stories you may have missed from The Lean Post in 2013, but should bookmark for a rainy (or polar vortex) day, plus some great lean reading and learning from around the web. More »
The Fight for the Meaning of Lean
By: Michael Ballé | December 19, 2013
Columns
"It seems like every one and their dog is doing Lean," writes Michael Ballé. "But what 'Lean' are we talking about? Is it the 'to develop products we need to develop people' Lean.  .. Or is it the 'improve productivity to reduce costs' Lean corporate types like. Or both?" More »
On Lean Production's 25th Anniversary: Candid Reflections
By: Chet Marchwinski | December 3, 2013
Columns
At the 2013 AME (Association for Manufacturing Excellence) conference three management thought leaders (Jim Womack, Dan Jones, and John Shook) sat down for a wide ranging conversation about Lean’s current and future states. More »
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