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The Short Guide to Successfully Using SMED

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

SMED lean tools Michael BalléTHE TOOLS CORNER – For the second article in our new series, the author offers a guide to the origins and use of one of lean's most important tools: SMED.

Sofa, So Good

Features By: Eivind Reke & Marcin Gaarden
Eivind Reke & Marcin Gaarden

furniture lean manufacturingFEATURE – Sometimes all you need to change minds is a successful experiment. This is how a Norwegian furniture manufacturer managed to transform the way it thinks about its sofa production.

Drawing Inspiration from an Avionics Factory

Features By: Woody Rousseau
Woody Rousseau

Sipios avionics lean software developmentBUILDING BRIDGES – This month, a CTO explains how his software company borrowed the kaizen spirit – and the idea of a dojo – from an avionics factory and put it to good use.

Overcoming Lean Leadership Hypocrisy

Research By: Arnaldo Camuffo
Arnaldo Camuffo

lean leadership behaviours transformationRESEARCH – Why do we struggle to identify the managerial behaviors that underpin different stages of a lean transformation? The author’s research looks into how we can be more situational in our leadership approach.

A Lean Story for the Books

Features By: Stephan Drees & Norman Faull
Stephan Drees & Norman Faull

inspiration lean books Nibbly BitsFEATURE – How reading lean books empowered people and transformed the managerial culture at an industrial bakery in the Western Cape Winelands in South Africa.

Thinking Holistically about Customer Value

Profiles By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

Nigel Dalton REA Group with Jim WomackPROFILE – The leader we profile today has a holistic view of the digital world. He brought Agile to Australia, and after embracing lean thinking he has helped to make REA Group one of the country's best digital brands.

The Clinical Process as Product

Features By: Jim Morgan
Jim Morgan

LPPD lean healthcareFEATURE – This article (and video) explains how Michigan Medicine applied lean product and process development tools and methods to their clinical processes. A powerful experiment.

Lean and the Learning Process at School

Features By: Giuseppe Acquasaliente
Giuseppe Acquasaliente

educaLEAN in Italian high schools lean learningFEATURE – Is the traditional teaching model used in our schools obsolete? A high school in Italy has been experimenting with lean thinking and Scrum applied to students’ learning, and the results have been enlightening.

The Lean Employer

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

the lean employer jim womackWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – What does a lean employer look like? In this month’s column, the author reflects on the long-term commitment to employees a company engaged in lean thinking should make.

Meet the Green IT Club

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

The Green IT Club kaizenNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, the author meets a group of business leaders consistently breaking new ground in their exploration of the relationship between IT and sustainability by using a kaizen-like approach.

The Mighty Kanban

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

Kanban lean thinking THE TOOLS CORNER – In this new series, we go back to basics, offering a guide on how to implement some of the most important lean tools and explaining why they are so clever. First up, Kanban.

Why We Learn More When We Come Together

Interviews By: Oriol Cuatrecasas
Oriol Cuatrecasas

lean learning cross fertilizationFEATURE – By bringing organizations together to regularly share updates on their lean journeys, Instituto Lean Management has managed to create a flourishing lean healthcare community in Catalunya. But hospitals aren't the only ones benefitting.

Toyota Australia's Legacy of Excellence

Features By: Doug Rickarby
Doug Rickarby

Toyota Australia Altona closure lean thinkingFEATURE – Last year’s shut-down of Toyota’s Altona plant in Australia moved us all. Here, the former Divisional Manager of Manufacturing offers a first-hand account of how the company made the most of a terrible situation.

The Two Realities of Lean that Scare Most CEOs

Features By: Orry Fiume
Orry Fiume

Orry Fiume lean realities that scare CEOsFEATURE – CEOs need to see people as assets and transform their companies’ product development systems if they are to tap into the full potential of a lean strategy.

Leverage Kaizen in Digital to Successfully Scale

Features By: Fabrice Bernhard
Fabrice Bernhard

lean improvement lean software developmentBUILDING BRIDGES – Struggling to scale a new product past its MVP phase, Theodo tried a number of things before realizing that the only way to retain quality and speed is kaizen.

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