To this day, Lean management has yet to enter the mainstream in business. It remains solidly on the fringe, despite great efforts by many people over many decades. You almost never hear of Lean management in the business press unless the article is written by an insider such as James P. Womack or … [Read more...] about Lean is Illegitimate. Or is it?
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I was having a conversation with a colleague over dinner recently and an interesting topic came up: Fealty and veneration to the words and deeds of those who, to greater or lesser extents, helped define Lean management as we understand it today. My colleague said that such intense loyalty and deep … [Read more...] about Fealty to the Lords of Lean
From the start, the Lean movement has focused on tools and methods that were unpacked from kaizen. Why? Because they are easier to sell. This was an enormous mistake - a major strategic error - that continues to this today. It's time to refocus on kaizen. Lean tools and methods must be used within … [Read more...] about Time to Refocus on Kaizen
As you may know, I am a big fan of Shingijutsu-kaizen. Sensei from Shingijutsu trained me 22 years ago. It was a wonderful experience and has led to a life-long passion for kaizen. I have re-connected with Shingijutsu USA in recent years and have even greater appreciation for them. Many people also … [Read more...] about The Humanity of Shingijutsu-Kaizen