Time has proven that the central problem with Lean management is that most senior leaders are not interested in it. They have many other ways to achieve their business goals without needing to think about Lean. Relatedly, sooner or later Lean always loses out to Classical management. Despite these … [Read more...] about Is Lean Too Arrogant to Save Itself?
We are all aware that precious few Lean transformations fulfill the vision of many Toyota-like managed companies in all industries. For decades, the prevailing wisdom was that better explanations of Lean, from Lean tools to Lean strategy, and more and more examples of Lean success, no matter how … [Read more...] about What’s Holding Lean Back?
In higher education, the job of a professor is well-defined. It consists of three things: teaching, research, and service to the university and one's profession.Teaching involves three tasks: preparation (of the course), execution (delivering the course), and follow-up (guiding students' work, … [Read more...] about Why University Teaching Rarely Improves
Lean transformation is often said to be difficult. But what if that is only the apparent problem, based on our perspective as people who work to promote Lean and help organizations transform from classical management to Lean management? The difficulty clearly looks to us like a lack of understanding … [Read more...] about Lean Transformation is Not Difficult
From 2011 through 2013, I ran weekly web advertisements on Mark Graban's LeanBlog to promote my books (I paid Mark an annual fee for the service). About once a month I also posted an ad that parodied or satirized something about Lean that was prevalent at that time, or poked fun at myself and other … [Read more...] about Lean Parody Advertisements
When I worked as a supply chain manager in the mid-1990s, I faced tremendous pressure from company leaders to offshore large chunks of the $106 million in annual spend of the work supplied to us by some 50-plus first-tier manufacturers located in the Connecticut river valley. I resisted that … [Read more...] about Freeish Trade, Economic Nationalism, and Lean
In my new book, The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean, I identified 17 bedrock assumptions that have guided the promotion and marketing of Lean to large corporations. However, there are many more assumptions than that. The assumption that I would like to focus on here is the nature of the … [Read more...] about Lean and The Corporation
This Warning Label should have been attached to Lean decades ago. Everything contained in the warning label was understood 25 to 30 years ago.But it was not. The result? Countless underdoses.Corporate leaders did not know the facts about the product, Lean, before they started using it. They … [Read more...] about Lean Warning Label
I have spoken to many people in recent years who have become disillusioned with Lean management in one way or another. In most cases, disillusionment does not lead to a complete abandonment of Lean thinking and practice. Rather, it greatly suppresses enthusiasm and limits the scope of practice to … [Read more...] about The Seven Laws of Lean Disillusionment