Recently, I have been re-reading some old books that I bought years ago to gain deeper insights into the relationship between economics and the prevalence and persistence of Fake Lean. By that I mean, the narrow use of Lean management by business leaders for the purpose of cost-cutting, in the … [Read more...] about How Economics Disrespects People
Archives for February 2016
Why do people have an almost instinctive negative reaction to management innovations that affect their work, especially anything that might result in higher output? The negative gut reaction that workers have towards modern progressive management, ranging from suspicion to outright disdain, reduces … [Read more...] about How Kaizen Restores Craftsmanship to Work
As you may know, I am a serious student of the history of industrial management, specifically the origins and evolution of Scientific Management and its linkages to the origins and evolution of Toyota's Production system (TPS, popularly known as "Lean production" from 1987 to 2007 and "Lean … [Read more...] about Lean Can Learn from History
The Gilded Age was an era between 1870 and 1900, marked by industrialization, mechanization, economic growth, the rise of large corporations, build-out of railways, urbanization, and immense wealth creation among business owners. It also included monopolies, worker abuse, child labor, corruption, … [Read more...] about Lean’s Bad Timing
What is Lean management? Many people offer definitions, but efforts to define it, while well-meaning, serve only to disable people's ability to understand it which, in turn, impairs their ability to practice it (the same is true for the "Respect for People" principle). Isn't it odd that definitions … [Read more...] about What is Lean Management?
The term "Lean" has been with us for nearly 30 years. We proponents of Lean tell others that Lean management is superior to conventional management in every way - better in every business metric and better for employees, suppliers, customers, investors, communities, and even for competitors because … [Read more...] about Lean’s Promise Broken
One thing that Lean people like to do is brag about when they first learned about Lean or who they learned it from. We want to show off how close we were to the beginning and who our teachers were. We do it to distinguish ourselves from a crowded field of Lean practitioners ranging from know-nothing … [Read more...] about What’s Your Lean Provenance?
One of the great challenges of Lean in state government is the perpetual turnover among the political appointees who lead state agencies. Turnover typically sets back the agency's Lean efforts to the dismay of career state employees. What might be a practical countermeasure, not to the turnover … [Read more...] about Lean and State Government Agency Leaders
Long ago, you did not have to possess a Ph.D. or be affiliated with a university to be a scientist. And the work of scientists was mainly conducted as a public good, in search of truths that benefit humanity. With respect to Lean management, there is a small cadre of people world-wide who do serious … [Read more...] about Lean Management and the Public Good