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Founder and Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy in the U.K., Daniel T. Jones is a senior advisor to the Lean Enterprise Institute, management thought leader, and mentor on applying lean process thinking to every type of business.
He is the author with James P. Womack of the influential and popular management books that describe the principles and practice of lean thinking in production, The Machine that Changed the World, and Lean Thinking: Banish Waste and Create Wealth in Your Organization, and the workbookbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream. Their book Lean Solutions: How Companies and Customers Can Create Value and Wealth Together extends these ideas to consumption, provision, and service delivery. He is the publisher of Breaking Through to Flow, Creating Lean Dealers, and Making Hospitals Work. A sought-after keynoter, Jones also has organized Lean Summit conferences in Europe.
Jones advises organizations in different sectors on their lean transformations, helped establish the first company University in the UK at Unipart, wrote the UK Government's Rethinking Construction report and Lean Thinking for the NHS. He organized the first Global Healthcare Summit, mentors a dozen hospitals in the UK, Italy and the USA and published Making Hospitals Work. Jones was the European Director of MIT's Future of the Automobile and International Motor Vehicle Programs. He is advisor to the European Efficient Consumer Response movement and editor of the International Commerce Review. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Sussex.
Articles by Dan Jones
Five Revolutions Into the Lean Journey: What's Next?
The current pandemic serves as an opportunity for us to rethink the world of enterprise (and more), says Dan Jones. He reflects on five lean revolutions, and he explores how, once Covid-19 passes, lean may continue to shape mindful and purposeful enterprise. More »
The Sanity of Just-in-Time
Path dependence is the worst enemy of smart resolution, argue the authors, who suggest greater "frame control" with enabling tools such as just-in-time to respect people on the frontline and respect the facts they share about what is happening to them. "Mastering the path as opposed to being led by it, means looking up frequently to reevaluate both destination and way as new information comes to light. " More »
Why Lean Remains A Superior Business Model and Way of Thinking
The lean business model offers an alternative to conventional thinking, says Dan Jones. He argues that it achieves a premium price by being better at helping customers to meet their needs and retaining them, rather than dominating markets and controlling customers. More »
What Do Sensei Actually Do?
What do lean sensei do? Take you to the gemba, discuss what the real challenges are, prescribe exercises, teach PDCA, and push you to the next step, argue the authors of the new book The Lean Sensei. More »
Kanban As A Learning Strategy
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 »
Lean Thinking at 20, Part 2: A Q&A with Jim Womack and Dan Jones
Twenty years ago Jim Womack and Dan Jones helped launch the lean movement as we know it today with their key book Lean Thinking. Now, for a second day, we have the opportunity to ask the two authors to reflect on how lean thinking and lean practice have evolved since the book appeared. LEI senior editor Tom Ehrenfeld has asked Jim and Dan for their thoughts on a range of topics; please feel free to add your thoughts, comments, and questions. More »
Lean Thinking at 20: A Q&A with Jim Womack and Dan Jones
Twenty years ago Jim Womack and Dan Jones helped launch the lean movement as we know it today with their key book Lean Thinking. Yesterday we shared some thoughts on the book’s message; now we have the opportunity to ask the two authors to reflect on how lean thinking and lean practice have evolved since the book appeared. Please feel free to add your thoughts, comments, and questions over the next two days. More »
The Next Frontier: Lean Government
On a recent trip to Saskatchewan Dan Jones went looking for a Canadian healthcare example but in the process he stumbled upon what he believes is the next lean frontier: government. More »
What happens after the lean coach leaves?
Can the team you leave behind build on what you've taught them and maintain momentum? Or will they struggle and quickly revert to their previous way of doing things? Daniel T. Jones, Chairman of The Lean Enterprise Academy in the UK, shares his thoughts on how to most effectively plant the seeds of lean. More »
Starting Points for Different Value Streams
No lean transformation story is the same. Read Dan Jones's take on gaining traction for lean learning within your organization and industry. More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (Table of Contents)
Table of Contents from the workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (Foreword by John Shook)
Foreword from the workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream"What a difference a decade makes. When Dan Jones and Jim Womack were preparing thefirst edition of this workbook in 2002, the world was in a mad rush to de-integrate itsvalue streams by outsourcing and offshoring. Instead of analyzing and improving valuestreams in order to reduce total costs and provide better value for customers, managerswere searching the globe for suppliers who would quote dramatically lower piece prices. "As it turned out, few managers knew what was actually going on along the lengthymulti-organization value streams they were creating. Indeed many probably did not More »
Seeing the Whole Value Stream (Introduction)
Introduction to the workbook Seeing the Whole Value Stream"For years now we have loved to “take a walk” along the entire value stream for a givenproduct, looking for value and waste. We’ve done this for dozens of products in manyindustries and followed streams across the world. We presented our first example in LeanThinking (1996) when we drew the path of a humble cola can. This simple product withonly three parts (barrel, top, and “pop-top”) traveled 319 days through nine facilitiesowned by six companies in four countries to progress from ore in the ground into thehands of the customer. Yet during More »
Books by Dan Jones
Seeing the Whole Value Stream
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 »
In their bestselling business classic Lean Thinking, James Womack and Daniel Jones introduced the world to the principles of lean production—principles for eliminating waste during production. Now, in Lean Solutions, the authors establish the groundbreaking principles of lean consumption, showing companies how to eliminate inefficiency during consumption. More »
The Machine That Changed the World
When The Machine That Changed the World was first published in 1990, Toyota was half the size of General Motors. Today Toyota is passing GM as the world's largest auto maker and is the most consistently successful global enterprise of the past fifty years. This management classic was the first book to reveal Toyota's lean production system that is the basis for its enduring success. More »