In a recent blog post, "Ahead Yet Still Far Behind," I lamented the continuing hope that the only solution to widespread adoption of Lean management is to change leaders' behaviors. This is the same magical thinking bet that has been placed by untold numbers of leadership researchers, educators, … [Read more...] about Betting It All On Leadership Behaviors
In previous work, I explained in extraordinary detail why leaders resist or reject Lean management. Unfortunately, leaders will never explain their dislike for Lean as I described it because it gives away too many of their deepest secrets. Instead, they will justify their dislike for Lean using … [Read more...] about Confronting the Arguments Against Lean Management
The emerging buzz these days is to expand the use of Toyota's A3 reports from a tool to engage mid-level managers in improvement to a tool for changing business leaders beliefs and behaviors. Recent examples include "The Power of Personal Yokoten" to change beliefs and "Four Things to Remember When … [Read more...] about Methods for Changing Leaders: A3 or Kaizen?
I know I am. But that is because we have been hearing the same old things about Toyota -- their production system, obeya, coaching, gemba walks, A3 reports, value steam maps, LPPD, and so on. All the stuff that is easy to package and sell by various parties. You don't hear much about Just-in-Time, … [Read more...] about Tired of Hearing About Toyota?
Leading authors and luminaries in the Agile community have, after only 19 years, begun to publicly question its de-evolution from something grand (Agile Manifesto, to improve software development) to something "misdirected, misattributed, ineffectual, and misshapen." They are calling Agile a failing … [Read more...] about What Happened to Lean?
Karl: What you are trying to do is get people to wake the fuck up. Isn't that right?Bob E. Yes, that's right.Karl: People need to wake the fuck up. Lean management, TPS, or any effort with the wholesome intention of "change for the better," is destined to struggle or fail if people won't wake … [Read more...] about Recent WTFU Articles
Sadly, most organizations plod along with the same chronic problems, year after year, decade after decade, from one CEO to another. Problems such as these generate daily misery for workers and trouble for all other stakeholders: Poor or slow decision-makingLow employee engagementOrganizational … [Read more...] about Picking Winners
A recent article in Toyota Times described Akio Toyoda's view of Toyota Production System in the context of: "bring[ing] back what makes us Toyota" "completely redesigning Toyota for the future" and [a] "training program is for Toyota’s management leaders who don’t work at manufacturing … [Read more...] about Akio Toyoda’s View of TPS: A Critical Analysis
The concepts, ideas, values, methods, and assumptions of Lean management combine to create an understanding of ourselves and our profession (progressive management) which leads to a conclusion that there is inherent goodness in Lean management -- so much so, that for many people Lean is beyond … [Read more...] about The Awesomeness of Lean