People who identify with Lean management or the Lean movement tend to be dedicated and very passionate, which generates a lot of arguments about right and wrongs ways to think and do things. Most of it has to do with how people understand the fundamental truths (principles) and how and when to use … [Read more...] about Four Types of Lean People
Below is a summary of my significant original contributions to the body of Lean knowledge as author or co-author. My primary focus has been Lean leadership and Lean management, as well as Lean in higher education, Lean in supply chain management, and the history of progressive management. It … [Read more...] about My Contributions to Lean
There is an important saying in Lean management: "Without standard there can be no continuous improvement." That saying should be Interpreted as a rule. Standards are important because they establish the "normal" condition - the way the process should be in order to achieve good results in terms of … [Read more...] about Standards for Faculty
As both a participant and witness to the practice of Lean management in higher education, I would like to point out methodological errors in relation to how Lean is practiced in industry. Those in industry who practice Lean management correctly provide us with a standard by which we can compare the … [Read more...] about Methodological Errors in Lean for Higher Ed
I have commented previously (here, here, and here) about how bosses want new hires to possess good critical thinking skills. But, due to a lack of critical thinking, bosses mistakenly ask for critical thinking when what they really want is people who can solve problems. It looks like bosses did not … [Read more...] about Bosses Flunk Critical Thinking
An important thing that professors can improve upon is to overcome the perception, or reality, that teaching is static. By that I mean, courses that remain largely unchanged from one semester to another, in their content, assignments, evaluations, pedagogy, and other elements. Lean principles and … [Read more...] about Stasis In Teaching
Every organization needs to improve, but only some have to improve. The eight Ivy League schools need to improve, but they do not have to improve because theirs is a sellers' market. True, they must compete against themselves, so within the Ivies - if one can afford the tuition and living expenses … [Read more...] about Who Needs to Improve?
At the 2nd International Lean Six Sigma Conference for Higher Education (click to read Day 1 and Day 2 highlights), three speakers presented the view that Lean in higher education is failing or that higher education is distinct from other application domains and adjustments have not been made by … [Read more...] about Thoughts on Lean Higher Ed Conference