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The (He)art of Lean

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Hôpital Lariboisière lean in healthcareNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – On this gemba walk in the cardiology department of a Parisian hospital, the author discovers how the team is changing its internal dynamics and processes to make lean their way of thinking.

The Right People in the Right Place

Features By: Ian Glenday
Ian Glenday

Glenday dedicated equipmentFEATURE – If we have high-volume (green) and low-volume (red) items in our production schedule, doesn’t it make sense to also have dedicated green and red equipment whenever possible?

Turning Lean to Wire up the Emirates

Features By: Hassan Omar
Hassan Omar

Ducab lean journeyFEATURE – With an open-minded approach to improvement tools, a long history of quality and engaged top leaders, wire manufacturer Ducab aims to fulfil the strategic needs of the Emirates.

Every Person Matters

Case studies By: Sharon Visser
Sharon Visser

Ngami dealership storyCASE STUDY – The story of how a humble leader, who recognizes the importance and contribution of each individual to the company’s success, is making a car dealership in Botswana a fantastic example of lean transformation.

Reader's Choice - Our 2016 Top Ten

Features By: Planet Lean
Planet Lean

top 10 planet lean 2016CONTENT ROUNDUP - Happy New Year, readers! Before kicking things off for 2017 with new, original content, we wanted to share with you the Top 10 of the most-read Planet Lean articles from last year.

Out with the Old, in with the Lean

Features By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

planet lean content 2016EDITOR’S LETTER – What a year 2016 has been! Many of us will be happy to see it go, but with challenging times comes a great opportunity for reflection. Our editor looks back at the best content of the past year.

Let’s Make Jobs Great

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

jim womack great jobsWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Small firms represent the backbone of the economy, and there is no doubt lean can help them improve and grow – by making the jobs they offer great. Without it, countries won't be great either.

Is Technology Taking Away Our Ability to Think?

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

technology innovationOPINION – In a competitive and unpredictable market, the temptation to rely on technology is always strong, but experience proves that there is no better support than people's ability to learn and adapt to new situations.

What If We Saw Our Firm as a Tree?

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

lean tree balléFEATURE – We are used to seeing the organization as a mechanical entity, but how can a machine possible change and improve? We must change our mental model and learn to see the lean enterprise as a growing plant.

Supplier Development at John Deere

Interviews By: Ángel Sanz Fernández
Ángel Sanz Fernández

john deere lean supply chainINTERVIEW – For the past year, agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere Ibérica has worked to spread lean thinking to the supply chain. We met with them in Madrid to understand how they’re going about it.

Here's an Idea: Run to Time

Features By: Ian Glenday
Ian Glenday

Levelled production run to timeFEATURE – What if we ran our production schedule to time instead of quantity? While creating overproduction, running to time is a temporary first step to establish levelled production with fixed repetitive cycles.

Thinking Lean, Gifting Life

Features By: Michael Hagan , Bruce Nicely & Matt Zayko
Michael Hagan , Bruce Nicely & Matt Zayko

Lean at an organ donation NGOFEATURE – A Michigan NGO that facilitates organ and tissue donation shares its experience with value stream mapping, reflecting on people coming together to understand the gap between current and future state.

Reinventing a Business Model with Lean Thinking

Interviews By: Ronald Uchil
Ronald Uchil

lean transformation GerabINTERVIEW – Lean is making inroads in the Middle East! In this interview, a Senior VP of Gerab National Enterprises tells us how the company is using lean to reinvent itself as a project management firm.

Leveraging TWI to Onboard Employees

Features By: D. Chmielewska-Bien , R. Mackowiak & M. Ziemann
D. Chmielewska-Bien , R. Mackowiak & M. Ziemann

TWI KK WindFEATURE – When you are hiring 20-30 people in a week, getting them up to speed with the company’s way of working becomes critical. But how to do it effectively? A Polish factory found the answer in TWI.

The Answer Man

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack yokoten answer manWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – As a first instinct, most of us tend to provide answers and solutions rather than ask questions. In this month's Yokoten, Jim Womack provides advice on how to fight this behavior and become a coach.

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