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Going Lean with Might and... Vein

Features By: Morena Venturini & Francesca Marchi
Morena Venturini & Francesca Marchi

FEATURE – In the second article of our series written by the front-line staff of Siena University Hospital, we learn how the lean principles of pull and flow have transformed the blood donating process.

De-Risking a Lean Transformation

Features By: Arnaldo Camuffo
Arnaldo Camuffo

manager support lean transformationsFEATURE – A lean journey often has more downs than ups, but it is a responsibility of management to persist and keep asking the right questions that will steer the firm in the right direction.

Creating Lean Leaders… with a Book

Features By: Louise Heather
Louise Heather

Akzonobel lead with respectFEATURE – When they realized their lean efforts had overlooked the crucial aspect of management behavior, AkzoNobel senior leaders turned to a great lean book for help with leadership development.

10 Strategic Planning Obstacles Hoshin Can Overcome

Features By: Flávio Picchi
Flávio Picchi

hoshin kanri common problems strategy leanFEATURE – Is your organization experiencing any of the strategic planning problems described in this article? If so, it might be time to tap into the potential of hoshin kanri.

Keeping Pace

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Jim Womack daily managementWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Effective daily management is still hard to achieve for most organizations. But until line managers start tackling problems first hand as they emerge, rather than deferring and delegating them, basic stability will remain a mirage.

Why "Lead with Lean"?

Interviews By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

Michael Balle on Lead with LeanVIDEO - The author of Lean with Lean explains why he published a collection of papers rather than a business novel - his signature writing style - or a manual. Experience lean through the eyes of one of its greatest students... one a-ha moment at a time.

Consulting Should Always Be Humble

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Boaz Tamir on humble consultingOPINION – After reading the latest book by Edgar H. Schein, the author reflects on the nature of consulting and management, and explains why humility must become a defining trait of both.

Traditional Customer Service Is No Longer Enough

Features By: Steve Bell & Karen Whitley Bell
Steve Bell & Karen Whitley Bell

customer service digital worldFEATURE – As many retail giants are finding out, great customer service is no longer enough to ensure competitive advantage in a world where the digital revolution is taking no prisoners.

There Is No Lean Manifesto… Here’s Why

Features By: Dimitri Baeli & Michael Ballé
Dimitri Baeli & Michael Ballé

lean manifesto lean principlesFEATURE – Why doesn't lean have a manifesto? The authors highlight the core principles and values of lean thinking, but warn these can only go so far without the learning that comes from working every day towards solving the next problem.

Levelled Production and Product Costing

Features By: Ian Glenday
Ian Glenday

product costing ian glendayFEATURE – What does levelled production have to do with product costing? This article explains how getting your accountants to understand this link can help your company become less complex, more efficient and profitable.

Lean Thinking and the Human Nature

Research By: Art Smalley & David Mann
Art Smalley & David Mann

lean management human natureRESEARCH – Human behavior tends to make change even harder to attain than it already is. This brilliant research paper looks at change from a psychological, technical and leadership point of view.

The Right Bed at the Right Time

Features By: Internal Medicine Team
Internal Medicine Team

internal medicine siena hospitalFEATURE – Every year, Siena University Hospital runs a Lean Day to celebrate and award its best lean projects. In this new series, front-line people write about five of these initiatives: first up, Internal Medicine.

Turning IT Leaders into Coaches

Interviews By: Amy Evans
Amy Evans

nordstrom coaching modelINTERVIEW – We meet one of this year's Lean IT Summit speakers to hear about her team’s effective approach to turning Nordstrom’s IT leaders into coaches and truly supporting the firm's lean transformation.

What Our Visual Management Mistakes Taught Us

Features By: Cécile Roche
Cécile Roche

visual management at thales groupFEATURE – How do you ensure that visual management doesn’t become anything more than a way to reassure the boss, rather than foster a learning and problem solving culture? The author reflects on her company’s journey towards effective visualization.

Transform Yourself as a Leader, Transform your Business

Interviews By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

Balle lead with leanVIDEO  We constantly talk about the role of leadership, but perhaps we don't realize just how intertwined leadership transformation and business transformation really are. This short video discusses why.

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