I know I am. But that is because we have been hearing the same old things about Toyota -- their production system, obeya, coaching, gemba walks, A3 reports, value steam maps, LPPD, and so on. All the stuff that is easy to package and sell by various parties. You don't hear much about Just-in-Time, … [Read more...] about Tired of Hearing About Toyota?
Leading authors and luminaries in the Agile community have, after only 19 years, begun to publicly question its de-evolution from something grand (Agile Manifesto, to improve software development) to something "misdirected, misattributed, ineffectual, and misshapen." They are calling Agile a failing … [Read more...] about What Happened to Lean?
Karl: What you are trying to do is get people to wake the fuck up. Isn't that right?Bob E. Yes, that's right.Karl: People need to wake the fuck up. Lean management, TPS, or any effort with the wholesome intention of "change for the better," is destined to struggle or fail if people won't wake … [Read more...] about Recent WTFU Articles
Sadly, most organizations plod along with the same chronic problems, year after year, decade after decade, from one CEO to another. Problems such as these generate daily misery for workers and trouble for all other stakeholders: Poor or slow decision-makingLow employee engagementOrganizational … [Read more...] about Picking Winners
A recent article in Toyota Times described Akio Toyoda's view of Toyota Production System in the context of: "bring[ing] back what makes us Toyota" "completely redesigning Toyota for the future" and [a] "training program is for Toyota’s management leaders who don’t work at manufacturing … [Read more...] about Akio Toyoda’s View of TPS: A Critical Analysis
Today I hosted the first free Virtual Lean Mini-Conference via Zoom -- a forum for freethinking. I am happy to say it was a much greater success than I had anticipated! It was fantastic conference with diverse views that one would hope to get as a result of global participation. A primary … [Read more...] about First Virtual Lean Mini-Conference
Nothing disappoints me more than to see my impassioned colleagues labor to advance Lean management using arguments that go back 100 years and which are known to be ineffective. What the purpose of doing that? Is it stubbornness, ignorance, clinging to an outdated worldview, or an inability to … [Read more...] about Ahead Yet Still Far Behind
I sometimes joke with people and say: "Thirty years ago, 1 percent of CEOs were interested in Lean transformation. Thirty years later, 0.1 percent of CEOs are interested in Lean transformation." In humor there is truth -- declining demand for Lean transformation, despite our many and varied efforts … [Read more...] about Lean Management Seen as Corruption
The concepts, ideas, values, methods, and assumptions of Lean management combine to create an understanding of ourselves and our profession (progressive management) which leads to a conclusion that there is inherent goodness in Lean management -- so much so, that for many people Lean is beyond … [Read more...] about The Awesomeness of Lean