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The Post COVID Crisis Supply Chain: a Time to Rise (Part 2)
By: Robert Martichenko | April 20, 2020
Columns
In a two-part call to action, LeanCor Supply Chain Group CEO Robert Martichenko says that now is the time for public and private sector leaders to develop a post-pandemic supply chain, a “one team-one system” fulfillment stream for producing and delivering lifesaving supplies to the right places, in the right quantities, at the right times. More »
The Post COVID Crisis Supply Chain: a Time to Rise (Part 1)
By: Robert Martichenko | April 17, 2020
Columns
In a two-part call to action, LeanCor Supply Chain Group CEO Robert Martichenko says that now is the time for public and private sector leaders to develop a post-pandemic supply chain, a “one team-one system” fulfillment stream for producing and delivering lifesaving supplies to the right places, in the right quantities, at the right times. More »
Lean Warehousing and Distribution Benefits Your Company, Customers, and Supply Chain
By: Vinas, Tonya | January 22, 2019
Articles
Lean warehousing sounds like an oxymoron. But in this interview, lean practitioner and Toyota veteran David Graham explains how lean concepts apply to warehouse and distribution processes along with the benefits you'll reap. More »
Veteran Supply Chain Managers Drive Lean Systems Thinking in SoCal
By: Bob Bennett | April 17, 2014
Columns
Lean coach and 29 year Toyota veteran Bob Bennett tells us what supply chain management professionals are thinking about in the realm of lean systems thinking. More »
Go and See the Lean Supply Chain: Gemba-Based Workshop
Workshops
This two-day workshop is part of our new series of special programs which combine classroom learning with practical experience at the gemba. The workshop is conducted at the LeanCor Supply Chain Group Operational Center in Florence, Kentucky to allow the program attendees to see firsthand how lean principles are applied to logistics and supply chain processes in order to create an extended lean enterprise. It defines logistics and supply chain management and discusses what organizations need to do to successfully implement lean in order to build a Lean Supply Stream. More »
The Lean Supply Chain: On-Site Workshop (2 Day Class)
Workshops
This two-day workshop combines classroom learning with practical experience via case study. The workshop is conducted on-site at your organization to allow the program attendees to see firsthand how lean principles are applied in your situation to logistics and supply chain processes in order to create an extended lean enterprise. It defines logistics and supply chain management and discusses what organizations need to do to successfully implement lean in order to build a Lean Supply Stream. More »
Lean in the Time of Coronavirus
By: Tom Ehrenfeld and James P. Womack | March 9, 2020
Columns
While lean offers no direct countermeasure to tackling the current coronavirus health challenge, Jim Womack points out in this podcast that key lean practices such as just-in-time supply chains should not be mistakenly viewed as compromised practices that contribute to maladaptive responses. More »
WLEI: Lean in the Time of Coronavirus
By: Lean Enterprise Institute | March 9, 2020
Audio
In times of crisis, lean offers a stable approach to healthy work. Furthermore, as Jim Womack notes in this podcast with Tom Ehrenfeld, foundational lean practices such as just-in-time supply chains are not—and have never been—liabilities in a time such as today’s coronavirus outbreak. Misguided stories about the woes of JIT are as misguided today as they were when they appeared during avian flu, SARS, and other legitimate medical events that required large supplies of emergency goods. Womack also talks about the lessons to be found in Karen Gaudet’s book Steady Work as they relate to having a stable work environment that More »
Lean in the Time of Coronavirus, A Chat With Jim Womack
March 9, 2020
Articles
In times of crisis, lean offers a stable approach to healthy work. Furthermore, as Jim Womack notes in this podcast with Tom Ehrenfeld, foundational lean practices such as just-in-time supply chains are not—and have never been—liabilities in a time such as today’s coronavirus outbreak. Misguided stories about the woes of JIT are as misguided today as they were when they appeared during avian flu, SARS, and other legitimate medical events that required large supplies of emergency goods. Womack also talks about the lessons to be found in Karen Gaudet’s book Steady Work as they relate to having a stable work environment that More »
Want Better Relations and Results from Suppliers? Hear Two Execs Explain the Benefits of "Matched Pair” Leadership
By: Susan DeSandre, Chet Marchwinski and Jim Morgan | October 18, 2019
Columns
New products and service development does not stop at the exterior walls of your company. Outside suppliers play critical roles, but the relationships between companies and suppliers are often akin to cage fighting. That's where the innovative “matched pair” process comes in to dramatically improve relationships as well as business performance. Listen to a matched pair of executives describe the process. More »
2019 Designing the Future Summit
September 26, 2018
Events
2019 Designing the Future Summit. June 27-28, 2019 - Traverse City, Michigan. A unique event for designers, product, process, and quality engineers, supply chain professionals, and development leaders as well as thought leaders to come together, learn from each other. More »
2018 Designing the Future Summit
January 25, 2018
Events
2018 Designing the Future Summit. June 19-20, 2018 - Traverse City, Michigan. A unique event for designers, product, process, and quality engineers, supply chain professionals, and development leaders as well as thought leaders to come together, learn from each other. More »
Making Things Better - Lean Streets: Improving Road Maintenance in Washington State
By: Steve Gorcester | October 4, 2016
Columns
Ever feel like your home city or town needs to step up its game in maintaining road conditions? People in Washington State certainly have - and for them, lean turned out to be the way to efficient and effective road maintenance. Steve Gorcester played a major role in this lean transformation - here's his story. More »
Boatloads of Muda
By: Ken Eakin | April 12, 2016
Columns
Ken Eakin saw his fair share of waste during his 13 years in the ocean-shipping industry, especially in the transportation process. Now a lean coach, he looks back on some of the industry's most common wasteful practices and shares some lean tips and logic for avoiding them. If your lean work involves transportation, we're willing to bet you'll find something to relate to! Read more. More »
3 Tips for Accurately Assessing Your Current State
By: Drew Locher | April 7, 2016
Columns
"Just because everyone remembers to include the current state [on a value stream map] doesn’t mean it’s always done as well it could be," writes Drew Locher. And he's right. In his latest piece for the Lean Post, Drew shares three tips for avoiding common current-state problems on your value stream maps. More »
Lean Thinking and My Navy Experience
By: Mark Minukas | November 4, 2015
Columns
When you think of lean organizations, does the U.  S. Navy come to mind? Probably not, but it's an organization with a rich history of lean thinking and practice. Navy veteran and lean practitioner Mark Minukas reflects on the lean lessons he learned from his service and how they helped shape his career. More »
Lean Thinking for Warehousing and Distribution: How to Know Your Business
By: Chet Marchwinski | October 17, 2014
Columns
"The vast majority of warehouse or distribution center managers have nowhere near the level of detail about the business that’s needed for a lean transformation," says lean veteran David Graham. Learn what kind of knowledge and data you need and how to get it. More »
How to Make Your Supplier Your Lean Partner
By: Randy J. Dobbs | September 19, 2014
Columns
Lean practitioner Randy Dobbs says working with suppliers to improve the extended value stream of his company has been one of the most rewarding aspects of his career. Read Dobbs' advice on how to work effectively with suppliers. More »
8 Tips for “Passing the Baton” with Suppliers and Customers
By: Robert Martichenko | August 8, 2014
Columns
In a relay, the winning team isn’t the one that runs the fastest leg, but the one that runs fastest start to finish without dropping the baton. In business, the winning supply chain isn’t the one with the most efficient operational silos, but the one that is most efficient end to end, especially at the handoffs. 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 »
THE COACHING KATA CHAIN OF COACHING
By: By Gerd Aulinger, Mike Rother & Mark Rosenthal | August 4, 2013
Presentations
There's a lot of interest in what the Coach/Learner dialog looks like when it's extended across all levels of an organization. It's useful to have a picture of what you're working toward, which is what this SlideShare shows you. Also see: http://theleanthinker.  com/2013/08/18/the-struggle/ More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (eBook)
By: Dan Jones and Jim Womack with D. Brunt, M. Lovejoy | August 20, 2012
Books
For the tens of thousands of users of value-stream mapping at the facility level, Seeing the Whole Value Stream provides the logical next step, extending the field of view all the way up and down the value stream. Dan Jones and Jim Womack, co-authors of the best-selling Machine That Changed the World and Lean Thinking provide a management tool for identifying and removing waste along the entire value stream from raw materials to end customer. This expanded second edition of the original book Seeing the Whole also provides real-world case studies. More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream
By: Dan Jones and Jim Womack with D. Brunt, M. Lovejoy | October 26, 2011
Books
For the tens of thousands of users of value-stream mapping at the facility level, Seeing the Whole Value Stream provides the logical next step, extending the field of view all the way up and down the value stream. Dan Jones and Jim Womack, co-authors of the best-selling Machine That Changed the World and Lean Thinking provide a management tool for identifying and removing waste along the entire value stream from raw materials to end customer. This expanded second edition of the original book Seeing the Whole also provides real-world case studies. More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (Maps from Seeing a Whole Supply System Across the Globe)
By: Jones, Dan | October 25, 2011
Value-Stream Maps
Full size maps from the essay "Seeing a Whole Supply System Across the Globe" in Seeing the Whole Value Stream More »
Any Color You Want Except Tuxedo Black
By: John Shook | April 28, 2011
Columns; eLetters
Henry Ford could get the customer any type of Model T as long as it was black. But the Ford Motor Company now finds itself in the strange position of being able to supply vehicles in any color except (metallic) black as a result of the catastrophe in Japan. More »
Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream
By: Robert Martichenko and Kevin von Grabe | May 10, 2010
Books
This workbook explains step-by-step a comprehensive, real-life implementation process for optimizing your entire fulfillment stream from raw materials to customers, including practical insights into two critical concepts: calculating the total cost of fulfillment and collaborating across all functions and firms along the fulfillment stream. More »
Leadership Q&A: Joel Zeller, director of logistics for Polaris Industries and Robert Martichenko, LEI faculty member, author of Building the Lean Fulfillment Stream
By: Marchwinski, Chet | January 12, 2009
Articles
From the LEI senior executive series on Lean Leadership:Robert Martichenko, LEI faculty member, co-author of Building the Lean Fulfillment Stream, and Joel Zeller, director of logistics for Polaris Industries, describe the progress and pitfalls in applying lean supply chain principals, including how the conversion began, why, key challenges, and the reaction of suppliers. More »
Manage the Contract or Improve the Value Stream?
By: Womack, Jim | September 16, 2008
Columns; eLetters
As much as I would like to, I can't walk frequently along every type of value stream. As a result, it has been a while since I've walked along the complex value streams shared by customer firms and their suppliers. So when several firms recently offered a chance to take multi-organization walks -- from the point of customer use back to the beginning of supplier manufacture -- I was delighted to put on my walking shoes and stride along with teams from the customer and supplier organizations.  As I walked I was quickly reminded of how easy it is for More »
Knife Company Hones Competitiveness by Bucking the Status Quo
By: Tonya Vinas | June 5, 2008
Case Studies
Family-owned Buck Knives needed to reduce costs by at least 30% to keep its U.  S. operations open. In turning to lean, the company gained more than just improved efficiency. Leaders are making better decisions, and flexibility has given Buck a unique advantage even though it had more reasons than most companies to shun lean concepts. Despite the challenges, the company now does nearly everything differently from allocations of costs for shop-floor supplies to working with its key retail customer More »
Mapping a Lean Strategy
By: Martichenko, Robert and Kevin von Grabe | February 1, 2007
Articles
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 »
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