January 2016

    Existential Threats to Lean


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    January 30, 2016 - Nearly 30 years into the Lean movement, successes, failures, and future challenges are becoming increasingly clear. The successes make us happy and keep us motivated. The failures and their causes, however, are usually diminished or ignored. That...

    A Critique of LeanCT


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    January 27, 2016 - On 26 January 2016, Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy announced the status of LeanCT in a press release titled: “Gov. Malloy Announces State’s Use of Lean Tools Makes Government More Responsive and Efficient” (watch...

    Lean Hypocrisy


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    January 25, 2016 - Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915) circa 1900. Every day, thousands of people confuse Lean management with “Taylorism,” properly known as Scientific Management. The negative association brings out the Lean bigwigs and others who work...

    What Went Wrong?


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    January 22, 2016 - Nearly 30 years after the start of the Lean movement, there is widespread agreement that things have not gone according to plan. Of course, there have been some notable successes (particularly those who worked with Shingijutsu), yet they are far...

    The Power of Kaizen


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    January 18, 2016 - In recent years, many organizations have lost interest in learning about Lean tools and Lean management in a classroom setting. They choose an alternative learning method called “action learning,” and may augment that with “change...

    Lean Management (1988-2026)


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    January 17, 2016 - If Lean management were to pass away someday, what might its obituary be? Lean Management passed away this year at the age of 38. The cause was complications from confusion, complexity and, in the end, apathy and neglect. Lean management...

    Lean’s Midlife Crisis


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    January 13, 2016 - It seems to be common knowledge that the Lean movement is now suffering from a midlife crisis. Lean movement leaders are perplexed at the widespread continuing emphasis on Lean tools, narrow focus on cost cutting, and the slow uptake of the...

    New 3G Lean Leadership Lab


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    January 11, 2016 - The following briefly describes the evolution of my Lean leadership training for executives. First Generation | Behaviors | 2002-2005 I began teaching Lean leadership to executives in 2002 (and to university students since 2001, based on...

    Top 2015 Lean Leadership Blog Posts


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    January 6, 2016 - Thank you for reading my blog! Here are the most viewed blog posts in 2015: Shifting Definitions of “Lean Thinking”Defining “Respect for People”Toyota’s SecretLEI/LEA Lean Transformation ModelThe Back Story – Real...

    The Illusion of Understanding


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    January 4, 2016 - In the previous blog post, Something Revolutionary Sees as Ordinary, I discussed how the representation of Lean as a means for wealth creation is a simplistic and conformist narrative of both the outcome and purpose of business that undercuts the...
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