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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 »
Ensuring Success of Hoshin Kanri – a Better Way to Plan and Execute Your Strategy
By: Patricia Panchak | July 12, 2021
Logoplaste's global vice president of lean and strategy shares a few vital lessons, learned through experience, about a proven way to set and achieve your organization's annual strategic objectives. More »
Form A Bold Strategy for Uncertain Times
By: Jeffrey Liker | April 5, 2021
Jeff Liker shares a competing values model to help you assess your strategy and focus your operational practices on flawless execution of this path. 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 Dan 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 »
Is there a lean strategy?
By: Ballé, Michael | January 18, 2015
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: My team demonstrated the benefits of kaizen to the CEO who then asked us what our strategy was. Is there a lean strategy? 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 »
I don’t find much about lean strategy in the literature. Where should I look?
By: Ballé, Michael | February 10, 2014
Columns; eLetters
Dear Gemba Coach: I’ve been tasked to come up with a presentation on what is a “lean” strategy to our Strategic Planning Group. I don’t find much about lean strategy in the literature and am stumped. Where should I look? 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 »
Addressing a Critical Problem in Strategic Planning and Execution
By: Patricia Panchak | July 6, 2021
Logoplaste's global vice president of lean and strategy deployment describes the experience -- and benefits -- six months into its adoption of the hoshin kanri process (aka strategy development and deployment). More »
Lean Roundup: Hoshin Kanri As a Strategic Force
By: Tom Ehrenfeld | May 17, 2021
Hoshin kanri can support and vitalize your strategic vision as well as bolster your ongoing work, writes Tom Ehrenfeld in this Lean Roundup. More »
Diving Deep to Discover the Value of Lean Companies with Cliff Ransom
By: Lean Leaper | April 26, 2021
Analyzing companies from a lean perspective can deliver some incredible insight. Just ask Cliff Ransom, whose insights on the value of lean companies are chronicled in this episode of the WLEI Podcast. More »
Why Hoshin Kanri is a Better Approach to Planning and Execution
By: Pascal Dennis | March 25, 2021
Effective hoshin kanri builds on traditional strategy deployment by including key questions that conventional models fail to include, argues Pascal Dennis in a second article based on his key book Getting the Right Things Done. More »
How Ford Built an Aligned Team Using ‘Matched Pairs’
By: Jim Morgan | February 15, 2021
Inside a winning strategy for Ford Motor Company's new product development process.    More »
Art of Lean on Situational Leadership, Part 4: Supportive Style, from Basketball to Toyota
By: Art Smalley | February 5, 2021
Part four continues the series' trajectory of further contextualizing situational leadership and lean thinking. By picking personal examples from his life, Art Smalley guides you through anecdotes and explanations that will make situational leadership more applicable than you might think. More »
Ask Art: Why Are Leaps of Faith Involved in a Lean Turnaround?
By: Art Byrne | January 20, 2021
Leaps of faith are not incidental associations with a lean turnaround; they are a basic requirement, argues lean veteran Art Byrne. More »
Growing from a Tactical Practitioner to a Strategic Thinker
By: Andrew Quibell | August 25, 2020
One helpful way to move from being a tactical leader to a strategic one is to suggest that a better alternative exists and put people in a position where they can see the gains to be harvested from change, says Andrew Quibell. 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 »
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