This is the back story to the book The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean Management.The Triumph of Classical Management Over Lean Management represents the culmination of over 20 years of the study of Lean leadership. It began in the mid-1990s with a simple question: "Why don't the … [Read more...] about The Back Story – The Triumph of Classical Management
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
Throughout my work over the last 25 years, I have always sought to better understand Toyota's management system (TMS) and its derivative, Lean management (LM). From the beginning, the aspect that interested me most was leadership. Specifically, what leaders (CEOs, presidents) do or don't do to … [Read more...] about Solving the Lean Transformation Problem
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
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?
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?
I recently posted a version of the graphic below with caption: "Not perfect, but close. It's about right." The response was overwhelmingly positive. A great majority of people recognized it as a unique comparison, one that they had never seen before, and also an accurate comparison that effectively … [Read more...] about Comparing TPS and Lean
In the previous post, Why Lean Keeps Thriving, I used the image at right to show how Lean has drifted far from it's original interpretation in 1988 as being synonymous with the Toyota Production System (exclusive of the "Respect for People" principle until ca. 2007). The drift in the meaning of … [Read more...] about Producing Business Results With Lean