Lean Alternative to "Spaghetti World"
I wanted to share with you some thoughts on lean thinking in a time of uncertainty that Dan Jones and I recently put together at the request of "Automotive News." (Read story.)
Our key point is that it's now time to re-think the connectivity costs of the "spaghetti world" we've built, where every part in every product seems to travel several times across national borders as it progresses from raw materials to the customer. The alternative to mountains of spaghetti -- and large safety stocks to protect production from supply disruptions at border crossings -- is "value stream compression" in which all of the steps in fabricating and assembling product families are "compressed" in one place -- even in one room -- to dramatically reduce throughput times while largely eliminating connectivity costs.
I will be describing our ideas for value stream compression and the macro-mapping tool we have devised to help implement it at our Leaner Thinking for Harder Times Conference in Orlando, December 6 and 7. In my opening presentation I will also cover all of the elements of a lean action plan to deal with the current recession, and the workshops that follow will provide detailed advice on implementing each element.
The Power of Personal Yokoten
Personal yokoten to teach new mindsets and attitudes is an activity all of us can perform out in the world every day with every manager, team leader, and team we touch, says Jim Womack. He believes we can transfer new, lean ideas about management and leadership in our civic roles and even in our families as we think through tough issues.
The Power of Yokoten
I’ve written a lot about yokoten in recent years – the practice of spreading good (lean) ideas horizontally between and across organizations from their point of initial success (“Yoko” means in Japanese horizontal.) It turns out that this is hard, even for the methods and tools needed to create lean value streams. Lean requires practice, even when the theory is clear and simple, and it’s hard to find enough teachers with enough experience and time to lead the cycles of practice needed for sustainable yokoten.
How A Complete Lean Production System Fuels Global Success
In this article prepared for the 2007 relaunch of the seminal book The Machine that Changed the World, co-author Jim Womack correctly forecast Toyota's rise, and identifes the key elements of a dynamic lean production system.
- Learing to See the Whole Value Stream: The Power of Value-Stream Mapping
- Sustaining Lean Goals by Taking a (Gemba) Walk
- Forward to Fundamentals
- Managing to Learn: Part 1 - How Lean Leaders Create Productive Problem-Solvers
- The Power of Purpose, Process, and People
- Lean Management & the Role of Lean Leadership
- Lean Solutions