One of the foundations of Lean management is to think -- to be a Lean thinker. That means more than thinking only about Lean and how great Lean is. It means thinking about evolving and adapting to changing times based on needs. It means changing Lean and building upon Lean if the need exists, … [Read more...] about What Comes After Lean?
Poor Frederick Winslow Taylor. Almost everyone hates him these days. Yet, just about everyone loves Taiichi Ohno. Why? What Taylor started -- the application of the scientific method to management (Scientific Management), the field of industrial engineering, and ensuring non-zero-sum outcomes for … [Read more...] about Love for Ohno, Hate for Taylor?
I have written a new research paper that you may be interested in reading. It builds on my previous work (listed below) and expands the understanding of why most business leaders resist or reject Lean management. The abstract is shown in the image below. Click on the image to read or download the … [Read more...] about Means and Ends in Management Systems
Those of us who are fans of Toyota's management system (TMS) and Lean management (LM) are a curious bunch. We want to learn as much as we can as fast as possible. We want to know the details of TMS and LM and how to make them work in ways that fulfill our understanding and our expectations. We are … [Read more...] about Wanting to Know, Preferring to Ignore
This is the back story to the book Critique of Lean. Lean is a product. Products are designed. Designs have weaknesses. Critique of Lean examines weaknesses in the product and its design. In the nearly 30 years since the term "Lean" was introduced, we have a just handful of examples of (Real) … [Read more...] about The Back Story – Critique of Lean