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Lean Startups Should Be Lean Cultures, From the Start
By: Mark Graban | December 12, 2013
Columns
Mark Graban reflects on John Shook's talk, "Lean Startup--From Toyota City to Fremont to You," at this week's Lean Startup Conference in San Francisco. Read why Graban believes the broader Lean community and lean startup community have a lot to learn from each other. More »
Autonomous Car Beta Version, Anyone? A Q&A with Jim Womack on Disruptive Innovation
By: Jim Womack | April 30, 2020
Articles
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 Jim Womack, founding CEO of the nonprofit Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). He talked with LEI Communications Director Chet Marchwinski at the Designing the Future Summit that showcases how companies are applying lean product and process development  (LPPD). 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
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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 »
Accounting for the Right Reasons
By: Jim Huntzinger | March 1, 2020
Articles
My first job after graduating from Purdue University was as a manufacturing engineer with the Japanese company, Aisin Seiki. Aisin U.  S.  A. was in the process of transplanting to North America to supply components to Toyota manufacturing operations in Fremont, California (NUMMI), Georgetown, Kentucky, and Cambridge, Ontario. The Georgetown assembly plant was not yet running production. 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 »
Is it really necessary for a sensei to act obnoxiously? 
By: Michael Ballé | February 17, 2020
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  Is it really necessary for a sensei to act obnoxiously?  More »
Got any recommendations for applying lean in the tool and die shop to stop our dies from crashing like crazy?
By: Michael Ballé | May 6, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach,  We applied SMED to increase the flexibility in our production cells. Now our dies are crashing like crazy and disrupting production because maintenance can't keep up! Got any recommendations or experiences in applying lean in the tool and die shop? More »
What topics, tools, and techniques would you include in an MBA-level course on teaching lean concepts?
By: Michael Ballé | March 11, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach, I am designing an MBA-level course to teach lean concepts.    What topics, tools, and techniques would you include in a 7-week, 14-session course? More »
Lean Impact: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good
By: Ann Mei Chang | October 30, 2018
Books
Despite enormous investments of time and money, are we making a dent on the social and environmental challenges of our time? What if we could exponentially increase our impact?Around the world, a new generation is looking beyond greater profits, for meaningful purpose. But, unlike business, few social interventions have achieved significant impact at scale. Inspired by the modern innovation practices popularized by bestseller The Lean Startup that have fueled technology breakthroughs touching every aspect of our lives, LEAN IMPACT turns our attention to a new goal--achieving radically greater social good.   Social change is far more complicated than building a new app. It requires more More »
Do andons apply to software development?
By: Ballé, Michael | December 6, 2016
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach, I work in software development, and I really don’t see how andon applies – what am I missing? More »
Innovation in the Work
By: John Shook | September 22, 2016
Columns; eLetters
"Innovation is a popular – and important – concept," writes LEI Chairman and CEO John Shook. "So, here are three questions. What is it? What does lean thinking have to say about it? So what?" Check out John's responses, and don't forget to follow his link to a new animation on innovation and lean. More »
Lean Startup: The Most Revolutionary Idea Since SMED?
By: Sam McAfee | June 12, 2015
Columns
"From my view, Lean Startup is quite simply the most revolutionary idea to advance the way business is practiced since the birth of Lean," writes Sam McAfee. "It’s to product development what Shigeo Shingo’s Single-Minute Exchange of Die (SMED) was for manufacturing.  " Read why. More »
Lean is About Building Organizations that Learn to Learn
By: Lean Leaper | June 2, 2015
Columns
In April, LEI's John Shook spoke at the LeanUX NYC conference about how the lean movement has changed (and not changed) over time and what any community (user design or otherwise) needs to focus on in terms of leadership behaviors in order to build strong organizations that solve problems. Watch the video and read excerpts from his keynote. More »
Just-in-Time Roundup: Great Lean Reads from Across the Web (Vol. 6)
By: Lean Leaper | March 25, 2015
Columns
Check out five recently published articles we think may help you improve your work or think about your work differently - this time from Forbes, The New York Times, Industry Week, Harvard Business Review, and Medium. What great lean reads would you add to the list? More »
Public Service: Lean's Next Frontier?
By: Lex Schroeder and John O'Donnell | December 16, 2014
Columns
John O'Donnell and Lex Schroeder share the thinking behind LEI's new Public Service Value Network and invite you to contribute to a new and fast-growing community of practice. 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 »
Why One Startup Will Never "Change the World"
By: Nathan Rothstein | May 15, 2014
Columns
Nathan Rothstein, co-founder of Project Repat, calls for founders to stop pitching their companies as "world-changing" charitable organizations. Businesses should focus on solving customer problems, he says, not solving global poverty. Read why. More »
Why Lean Startup Experiments are Hard to Design
By: Grace Ng | May 7, 2014
Columns
Grace Ng, co-founder of Javelin (a software and services company dedicated to implementing Lean Startup), reflects on what she's learned helping entrepreneurs launch products and services that thrive on rapid cycles of experimentation. More »
Starting Up, Growing Up, and Starting Over
By: Jim Womack | February 25, 2014
Columns
In an essay first published in Gemba Walks (2nd Ed) and adapted for the Post, LEI founder and thought leader Jim Womack reflects on the lean movement, the lean startup movement, where the two communities meet, and where these two communities might be going, together. More »
Customers Should Determine the Businesses of the Future, Not the 1%
By: Nathan Rothstein | February 7, 2014
Columns
"We set up entrepreneurs to fail when we put all the emphasis on pitch day and the amount of money raised, instead of rewarding companies for sales and customers acquired," writes entrepreneur Nathan Rothstein. More »
Lean Lexicon 5th Edition
By: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. | January 21, 2014
Books
The fifth edition of the Lexicon, first published in January 2003, is 140 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon already covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms. More »
Lean Lexicon 5th Edition (eBook)
By: Lean Enterprise Institute, Inc. | January 21, 2014
Books
The fifth edition of the Lexicon, first published in January 2003, is 140 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon already covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms. More »
Lean Lexicon 5th Edition - PDF
January 21, 2014
Books
The fifth edition of the Lexicon, first published in January 2003, is 140 pages, containing 60+ illustrations and 207 key terms from A3 Report to Yokoten. The Lexicon already covers such key lean enterprise terms as jidoka, kanban, kaizen, lean consumption, lean production, lean enterprise, pull production, standardized work, takt time, Toyota Production System, and value-stream mapping. It also has a simple, one-page guide to pronouncing Japanese terms. More »
Bridging Two Lean Communities
By: Lex Schroeder | December 6, 2013
Columns
Two very different lean communities came together when Eric Ries and LEI's John Shook participated in the Lean Startup pre-conference webcast, "Putting the Lean in Lean Startup" last month. In case you missed it, watch the full archived webcast and catch the highlights here. More »
Throw Out Your Assumptions About Your Customer
By: Francesco Possio | October 29, 2013
Columns
LEI intern Francesco Possio reflects on his Lean Startup Machine workshop experience at the Cambridge Innovation Center. More »
Where Lean Meets Innovation
By: José Ferro | October 10, 2013
Columns
"Many people see Lean purely as an improvement method, not a total enterprise solution or a new way of doing business," writes José Ferro. "In reality, it's a new method of production and a new way to organize the whole enterprise.  " More »
What comes after Lean?
By: Michael Ballé | September 13, 2013
Columns
Lean practice is an ongoing process, it never ends. But what are we learning about the field? What comes after Lean in terms of emerging schools of thought? Michael Ballé shares his thoughts. More »
The Virtue of Small Data
By: Steve Bell | July 30, 2013
Columns
"Small Data can be found everywhere, with every customer transaction and interaction," writes LEI faculty member and Lean IT expert Steve Bell. "It is derived from a small population that resembles the larger population and is valid for use in small experiments (kaizen) to drive improvement and spark innovation.  " More »
Upcycling Products Customers Actually Want
By: Nathan Rothstein | June 24, 2013
Columns
Nathan Rothstein, president of Project Repat, shares the story of how his startup evolved from an interesting idea to a successful business. More »
Lean Business-IT Integration, Part Five: Measurement - Finding Our True North
By: Bell, Steve | November 8, 2012
Articles
In the fifth article of a five-part series on Lean IT, LEI faculty member Steve Bell addresses measurement. 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 Four examines leadership and IT governance. More »
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