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Saving Our Bacon

Case studies By: Heinrich and Lydia Badenhorst
Heinrich and Lydia Badenhorst

lean butchers continuous improvement BotswanaCASE STUDY – Faced with complex logistics and customer complaints, a small deli and butchery in Botswana saw in lean a way to bring the business back from the brink. The philosophy didn’t fail them.

Successfully Supplying Toyota

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Mifune supply chain management ToyotaNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, the author shares her account of a recent gemba walk at a Tier 2 Toyota supplier, which has achieved impressive results by applying TPS.

A 14-Month Complete Lean Turnaround

Case studies By: Kirstin Wallis & Morné Fourie
Kirstin Wallis & Morné Fourie

lean thinking at the Halfway Production CentreCASE STUDY – One-piece flow and a focus on lean leadership and kaizen have allowed the Halfway Production Centre in Johannesburg to turn itself around in just 14 months.

17 Years on the Journey, Still Going Strong

Interviews By: Mario Nardi
Mario Nardi

Pietro Fiorentini interviewINTERVIEW – At the European Lean Summit in Venice, our editor sat down with Italy’s lean CEO extraordinaire. His company, which serves the natural gas industry, has been on the journey for almost two decades.

The Challenge of 5S

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack on sustaining 5sWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – 5S seems to mean different things to different people. What’s common, however, is the difficulty to sustain it. The author offers a few tips.

Lessons from Toyota New Global Architecture

Features By: Lex Schroeder
Lex Schroeder

Toyota New Global ArchitectureFEATURE – Following a webinar with product development expert Jim Morgan, the author reflects on what the Toyota New Global Architecture and Chief Engineer system can teach us.

Making Our Work World Class

Interviews By: Luciano Massone
Luciano Massone

WCM interview lean thinkingINTERVIEW – At the recent European Lean Summit, we sat down with a senior executive from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles to learn more about the company’s World Class Manufacturing approach.

Desperately Seeking Kaizen

Features By: Michael Ballé , Benoît Charles-Lavauzelle & Régis Médina
Michael Ballé , Benoît Charles-Lavauzelle & Régis Médina

Michael Ballé on kaizenFEATURE – Following a visit to a Toyota supplier in Japan, the authors reflect on the nature of kaizen and explain why we might be looking for it in the wrong place.

Learning and Inspiration in Toyota City

Features By: Planet Lean
Planet Lean

lean global network japanROUND-UP – The Lean Global Network’s week in Japan in September was full of learning and inspiration. We asked five LGNers to share their biggest takeaways.

Follow a CEO in the Hospital's Obeya

Features By: Carlos Frederico Pinto
Carlos Frederico Pinto

Green Room hoshin kanri lean hospitalVIDEO - The CEO of a cancer center in Brazil gives us a tour of the their obeya room, taking us through their strategy deployment and explaining how it supports their mission of reducing the burden of cancer.

Conditioning Product Development

Interview By: Alberto Bianchi , Gabriele Bramezza & Giulio Dal Lin
Alberto Bianchi , Gabriele Bramezza & Giulio Dal Lin

lean product development carel industriesINTERVIEW – A specialist in control solutions for air-conditioning, refrigeration and heating, Carel Industries first applied lean to R&D a decade ago, when few companies did. We asked them how their journey unfolded. 

Don’t Hesitate to Cut Inventory!

Features By: Ricardo Avila , Douglas Agassi & Alexandre Cardoso
Ricardo Avila , Douglas Agassi & Alexandre Cardoso

lean logistics kanban Grupo SaboFEATURE – Inventory reduction is critical to waste elimination. Yet, many are reluctant to do it, fearing demand variability and production instability will neutralize their efforts. Grupo Sabó's story proves otherwise.

In the Olympus of Healthcare

Interview By: Rosa Maria Simón
Rosa Maria Simón

CSG award taiwan lean healthcareINTERVIEW – The Consorci Sanitari del Garraf, a Catalan hospital PL has come to know well over the past few years, just won an Honorable Mention award at the World Hospital Congress.

Digging Up Waste

Case studies By: Selçuk Turan & Hüsrev Yaman
Selçuk Turan & Hüsrev Yaman

lean thinking mining TurkeyCASE STUDY – Over the past four years, by developing its kaizen capabilities and crafting a better approach to maintenance, a Turkish gold mine has significantly reduced its extraction costs.

Striving to Become the Toyota of Software

Interviews By: Benoît Charles-Lavauzelle & Fabrice Bernhard
Benoît Charles-Lavauzelle & Fabrice Bernhard

startup Theodo and its approach to lean thinkingINTERVIEW – Software development company Theodo is a unique example of a digital company that has fully embraced lean and understood its potential. We caught up with their young CEO and CTO.

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