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
From 2011 through 2013, I ran weekly web advertisements on Mark Graban's LeanBlog to promote my books (I paid Mark an annual fee for the service). About once a month I also posted an ad that parodied or satirized something about Lean that was prevalent at that time, or poked fun at myself and other … [Read more...] about Lean Parody Advertisements
When I worked as a supply chain manager in the mid-1990s, I faced tremendous pressure from company leaders to offshore large chunks of the $106 million in annual spend of the work supplied to us by some 50-plus first-tier manufacturers located in the Connecticut river valley. I resisted that … [Read more...] about Freeish Trade, Economic Nationalism, and Lean
I have been a professor for close to 20 years now, after having spent the previous 15 years in industry where I worked in engineering, manufacturing, and supply chain management. There are many positives associated with teaching that I would like to share with you, as well as a few … [Read more...] about The Rewards of Teaching
Unfortunately, most people mindlessly believe the statement: "What gets gets measured gets managed." Click here to learn how this statement is easily proven to be untrue. The commonly believed statement "If the worker hasn’t learned, then the instructor hasn’t taught" is also easily proven to … [Read more...] about What Gets Measured Gets Managed?
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?