Is it time to get rid of value stream maps? The first-ever value stream map of a value stream mapping event reveals mountains of waste. The lead-time to achieve actual improvement has increased by 425 percent! Some are calling this a "Lean crisis." Others are calling it a "Lean disaster." … [Read more...] about Worse Than Anyone Thought
This is the back story to the book Lean Is Not Mean. The leadership beliefs, behaviors, and competencies necessary to make Lean management a reality, is a field of inquiry that has fascinated me for 20 years. Beginning in 1994, I could see that some people in my management peer group were more … [Read more...] about The Back Story – Lean Is Not Mean
Being a great Lean leader means to have an awareness of one's biases. Normally, leaders possess many unconscious social biases, as described in the article "Bringing Hidden Biases Into the Light" (WSJ, 9 January 2014). The most prominent ones include age, race, gender, weight, sexuality, and … [Read more...] about Great Lean Leaders
A little-noticed problem in Lean transformations is that senior managers keep using the language of conventional management, which inadvertently undercuts Lean efforts. So, not only does Lean require a different way of thinking and doing things, it also requires a different way of talking too. … [Read more...] about The Language of Lean
How do you know when the leaders of a company understand Lean management? It is when they begin to treat their suppliers as valuable resources instead of entities to bargain with for lower prices. Executives start to see the key stakeholders - employees, suppliers, customers, investor, and … [Read more...] about Still Beating Up Suppliers?
A reader of my books recently asked me the following questions: Why is Lean important to an organization? Why should we introduce Lean to an organization with good performance? These are good questions. Most of the writing about Lean focuses on organizations that perform poorly and need to … [Read more...] about Why Is Lean Important?
Let's get rid of value stream maps. I can hear it now: "Why would you say such a thing? Value stream maps are great. We can't see waste without them." Precisely. Value stream maps have developed an outsized importance in relation to other types of basic information that one gathers when trying to … [Read more...] about Lean Heresy
One of the most important and practical things that nearly all teachers teach their students is how to do research, from elementary school to graduate school. The basic message from your teachers is this: "If you don't know something, do some research. It will help you learn the topic, understand it … [Read more...] about Confounded by Reality
This is the back story to the book Moving Forward Faster. After finishing Volume Six, the last volume of REAL LEAN series, I reflected back on what I had done. The books were written for busy managers. They were short in length and the chapters could be read à la carte. But, at about 1200 total … [Read more...] about The Back Story – Moving Forward Faster