Here is a summary of my significant original contributions to the body of Lean knowledge over the last 20 years as author or co-author. My primary focus has been Lean leadership and Lean management, but also includes Lean in higher education, Lean in supply chain management, and the history of … [Read more...] about Summary of Contributions to the Body of Lean Knowledge
Over the last 20 years, I have produced a very large body of original work on Lean leadership and Lean management consisting of 18 books, more than three dozen research papers, and 279 blog posts. Along with that was a lot of Lean leadership training, corporate and conference speaking, and other … [Read more...] about Time to Move On
In the 30 years since the term "lean" was introduced as an interpretation of the Toyota production system, great efforts have been made by many people to gain the interest of CEOs due to the widespread recognition that Lean must be led from the top. While there have been some notable successes in … [Read more...] about Book Review: THE LEAN STRATEGY
This is the back story to the book Conversations with Taiichi Ohno.Why write a fictional account of conversations with Taiichi Ohno (1912-1990)? There are a several reasons for doing so.The first reason is that people are losing touch with Taiichi Ohno. They don't know who he was. They don't … [Read more...] about The Back Story – Conversations with Taiichi Ohno
It's obvious Lean and TPS are not the same. If you had to pick one, which would you choose and why? (Click on image to enlarge). … [Read more...] about Learning to See
What standard do you hold yourself to when someone asks you questions about Lean management or Toyota management? The standard could vary as widely for a person as it can from person-to-person. There are at least eight possible standards to choose from:Say "I don't know" Guess at the … [Read more...] about How Would You Answer These Questions?
This year is the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI). There will surely be a big celebration. But in my view, there is less to celebrate than meets the eye. Here's why:LEI has controlled the progressive management agenda for the last 20 years. That means they … [Read more...] about Wacky Lean House
The Lean Enterprise Institute's Lean Transformation Framework encompasses five questions. The first question is: "What problem are we trying to solve?" For most people, it is a reasonable first question to ask. But there are two other important related questions: 1. Who … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t You Solving Ohno’s Problem?
This is the back story to the book Critique of Lean.Lean is a product. Products are designed. Designs have weaknesses. Critique of Lean examines weaknesses in the product and its design.In the nearly 30 years since the term "Lean" was introduced, we have a just handful of examples of (Real) … [Read more...] about The Back Story – Critique of Lean