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From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition:

Strategy Deployment:   A management process that aligns—both vertically and horizontally —an organization’s functions and activities with its strategic objectives. A specific plan—typically annual—is developed with precise goals, actions, timelines, responsibilities, and measures.  The example A3 below shows the strategy of a finance department director for returning a company to profitability (Dennis 2006, p.  103). The Performance box in the upper left corner illustrates that the company missed its revenue and EBIT targets the previous year. It also shows inventory levels because the director considers it to be the company’s biggest waste and a serious drag on cash flow. The “R” for “red” More »
Strategy Deployment at The Lean Enterprise Institute
By: Chet Marchwinski and Jikku Mohan | April 10, 2015
Is your organization “chasing too many rabbits?” It’s a tendency too many companies have of annually setting more strategic objectives than they can possibly implement successfully. This “chase” results in delays, discouragement, and the diversion of resources from activities that should and can be accomplished. How do you deselect “rabbits” and lead your team to effectively deliver on strategy? Jikku Mohan explains. More »
Strategy Deployment In Action: One Executive's Perspective - Follow up Q & A
By: Dennis, Pascal and David Brule | June 3, 2009
Articles; Videos and Webinars
Webinar presenters David Brule and Pascal Dennis answer questions from their webinar about strategy deployment on March 12, 2009. More »
Can a manufacturer use lean management to advance its environmental and social sustainability strategy?
By: Michael Ballé | December 30, 2019
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach, Can a manufacturer use lean to advance its environmental and social sustainability strategy? More »
Why Lean is a Time-based Strategy
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | November 22, 2019
Lean is a time-based strategy: it uses time to gain competitive advantage, says Orry Fiume. "Once I understood this I started saying “Time is the currency of lean”.  " More »
WLEI: 21. On the Job: Discovering Strategy by Doing the WORK, a conversation with Dave Brunt, CEO of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | November 4, 2019
In a conversation across the Atlantic LEI’s president, Josh Howell, talks to the Lean Enterprise Academy’s CEO, Dave Brunt, about the strategic value of executives doing the value-creating work of their organization. Dave shares what happened when a team member left LEA and he became responsible for picking, packing, and shipping to customers books about lean thinking.  Additional Resources:Lean SolutionsbookCreating Lean Dealers workbookLearning to See workbook More »
Why We Believe A Strong Customer Focus Is Needed To Drive A Lean Strategy
By: Lean Sensei Women | May 10, 2019
Is there any principle more core to the heart of lean than relentlessly focusing on the customer? In this collection of thoughts on the topic, seven lean sensei women explore how and why customer focus is at the heart of lean strategy. More »
Kanban As A Learning Strategy
By: Michael Ballé, Jacques Chaize, Orest (Orry) Fiume and Daniel T. Jones | March 22, 2019
Toyota’s Kanban legacy—and its underlying ideas—have far more direct lineage with today’s digital economy than most folks realize; and capture the core elements of the disruptive lean strategy fueling many of today’s successes. More »
Is Your Strategy a Plan--or a Hypothesis?
By: Amy C. Edmondson | March 8, 2019
Success in a VUCA world requires senior executives to engage thoughtfully and frequently with company operations across all levels and departments, argues HBS Professor Amy Edmondson. The people on the front line who create and deliver products and services are privy to the most important strategic data the company has available. More »
Ask Art: How is Lean A Time-Based Strategy?
By: Art Byrne | January 14, 2019
Operating lean is the best way to compete on time, says Art Byrne, who notes that every time you remove waste you shorten the time and resources to do something. Lean is not a cost reduction program. Although you’ll get plenty of that as a side benefit, it is strategic, and over time creates unfair competitive advantage for you. More »
Yes, Lean is a Strategy!!!
By: Orest (Orry) Fiume | August 10, 2017
Is lean a strategy? Absolutely YES, says lean author and thinker Orry Fiume. Replying to feedback on his new book, Orry says that strategy is about deciding how to win; and lean is about how to win with a focus on both creating more value for your customers and doing so with the best utilization of the resources at hand, i.  e. with the least amount of waste. More »
Ask Art: Is Lean a Strategy?
By: Art Byrne | May 17, 2017
The debate over whether lean should be considered a strategy, philosophy, methodology, etc. is a long one. Merriam-Webster defines a strategy as "a careful plan or method for achieving a particular goal usually over a long period of time.  " Does lean fit into that label? Art Byrne explores. More »
Focus Your Operating System To Bring Your Strategy to Life
By: Jim Morgan | October 13, 2016
A strategy can just turn into wallpaper if you don't have the right systems in place to support it. Jim Morgan has seen this happen many times, and now explains how to avoid the problem, based on his experiences working with Alan Mulally at Ford Motor Company during the Great Recession. More »
What Strategy Is and What It's Not
By: Dave LaHote | January 28, 2015
"In my career, I was always more interested in what it would take to create and sustain competitive advantage than just doing good things," writes Dave LaHote. "What I observed was that a lack of strategy elegantly deployed was still lack of strategy.  ..  " Read more. More »
Put Your Strategy on a Diet
By: Pascal Dennis | July 2, 2014
"When it comes to goal setting in most organizations, 'Just one more…' seems to be the compulsion," writes Pascal Dennis. Read why less is more when it comes to strategy. More »
By: By Gerd Aulinger, Mike Rother & Mark Rosenthal | March 3, 2013
This SlideShare is almost equivalent to a workbook. Download it, study it, and discover how your organization can (finally) achieve Strategy Deployment. More »
Thinking Lean at Thedacare: Strategy Deployment (DVD)
May 2, 2011
Books; Videos and Webinars
This DVD illustrates ThedaCare’s strategy deployment method: how the true north metrics were developed and translated to different departments, and how leaders at all levels of the organization use visual boards to track metrics related to the true north objectives. Any organization that wants to understand how to align their strategic goals can find important lessons in this DVD. More »
Mapping a Lean Strategy
By: Martichenko, Robert and Kevin von Grabe | February 1, 2007
A thorough article in Supply Chain Quarterly magazine explains how lean principles apply to supply-chain management, then takes you step-by-step through drawing current-state and future-state maps for managing the transformation to lean. It was written by LEI faculty member Robert Martichenko.   (Reprinted from CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly by permission of Supply Chain Media LLC, August 2007. CSCMP’s Supply Chain Quarterly    is published four times yearly for the members of the Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (www.  cscmp.  org); non-members may purchase a subscription. For more information or to subscribe, visit  www.  SupplyChainQuarterly.  com .  ) More »
Keeping the "Day One" Spirit Alive
By: Regis Medina | July 29, 2020
Building in a cadence of gemba walks helps nurture the vital "day one" startup spirit as a company grows, says Regis Medina. He offers key tips on how to cultivate this approach. More »
Lean Roundup: Hoshin Kanri
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | July 2, 2020
Hoshin Kanri, described as "a management system that allows the organization to quickly and effectively adjust its priorities while engaging the team," has been the subject of numerous articles and an upcoming online class. Tom Ehrenfeld compiles a roundup of some great articles which share the practice and promise of Hoshin. More »
Book Review: Learning to Scale, a "Practical Field Guide" to Lean Growth
By: Catherine Chabiron | June 5, 2020
In his new book Learning to Scale, author Regis Medina has "successfully translated each concept of the TPS and lean strategy into a clear and practical guidance for today’s digital world," says Catherine Chabiron in her review. More »
Pivoting Just-In-Time with Hoshin Kanri at Toyota
By: Mark Reich | June 2, 2020
Learn about the power of hoshin kanri, a systematic approach to defining a strategy and, more importantly, a management system that engages all people to support that strategy while building horizontal and vertical alignment. More »
Pivoting Just-In-Time with Hoshin Kanri at Toyota
By: Mark Reich | May 26, 2020
Articles; eLetters
Learn about the power of hoshin kanri, a systematic approach to defining a strategy and, more importantly, a management system that engages all people to support that strategy while building horizontal and vertical alignment. More »
Ask Art: Does Lean Really Work Beyond Manufacturing?
By: Art Byrne | May 22, 2020
Lean certainly applies beyond manufacturing, explains Art Byrne, who shares the dramatic gains at a life insurance company as a way of teaching broadly applicable principles for a lean turnaround. More »
What the Covid-Virus Can Teach Us About the Toyota Way
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 22, 2020
This is a time where people are coming together with a passion and common focus, says Jeff Liker. He shares lessons from Toyota and other lean practitioners to suggest ways that people and companies can take whatever opportunity they have to teach others how they can become a humane, high-performing organization. More »
Reimagining the Restaurant Industry in a Post-COVID-19 World
By: Richard Vellante | March 30, 2020
The impact of COVID-19 has proven how ill-prepared we are to deal with crises. It’s time for hospitality businesses like restaurants to rethink how we operate so that we can create a more sustainable and resilient industry moving forward. More »
Ask Art: What Do You Mean When You Say “Productivity equals Wealth”?
By: Art Byrne | December 13, 2019
Productivity is the greatest wealth creator whether you talk about countries or companies, says Art Byrne. If you go about it correctly, the best ideas for productivity gains will always come from the people doing the work. Make sure you share the gains with them. More »
Profit and Cost At Toyota
By: Jean Cunningham | July 12, 2019
Fresh off a tour of Japan where she observed how Toyota talks about costs and profit on the shop floor, LEI Chairperson Jean Cunningham shares thoughts and urges others to learn the language of financial outcomes. "Let’s learn the language of financial outcomes. Let’s conserve energy and benefit from the environmental improvements that lean offers by reducing waste of all kinds.  " More »
Ask Art: How Should I Re-invest the Gains from Kaizen?
By: Art Byrne | February 8, 2019
Becoming lean through using kaizen activity allows you to remove a great deal of waste and deliver value to your customers, shares Art Byrne. If you do the right things with the excess resources you free up, you can then leverage your gains far more dramatically. Don’t waste the gains. More »
Transformative Steering
By: Eric Ethington | December 14, 2018
After three years of working with learning partner companies, LEI’s Lean Product and Process Development group observed that the companies most successful in starting and sustaining lean principles in product development all had one thing in common – an effective steering team. Program Manager Eric Ethington reports on four foundational elements your steering team must have. More »
How to Lead with Values
By: Jeff Thompson | September 5, 2018
A former health system CEO says it’s “strategically sound” for leaders to define a set of values that they and their organizations will live by because values ultimately help organizations grow. Here's how: More »
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