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 … [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
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
Branding, promotion, and the stated or implied close association with Toyota; e.g. "...Toyota, the leading lean exemplar in the world..." In this statement, the former university researchers who gave us Lean take credit for Toyota's work. See the image below to understand why the statement makes no … [Read more...] about Why Lean Keeps Thriving
I have long been concerned about organizations that struggle with Lean transformation and the impact on the company, its employees, and other stakeholders. People’s lives and livelihoods depend upon Lean, so it’s no small matter when Lean succeeds or fails. This has been a major focus of my work for … [Read more...] about Reusable Processes