Take the Lean Leap, Start Learning

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Creating a learning environment in our lean companiesCOLUMN – Creating a learning environment that welcomes problems and experimentation and adapts to market changes should be our main objective. So why do we stick to obsolete ways to teach and develop people?

The Lean Shut-Down of Toyota Australia

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Toyota Australia lean thinkingWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – On October 3, Toyota will cease its manufacturing operations in Australia, but the way it is managing the transition - in the leanest way possible - holds great lessons for us all.

A New Chapter in Our Lean Journey

Features By: Mike Schembri
Mike Schembri

Mike Schembri on book clubs at Fuji Xerox AustraliaFEATURE – Upon realizing they were struggling to engage people in continuous improvement, Fuji Xerox Australia’s IT team found a unique way to breathe new life into its lean efforts… a book club.

Pushing Higher Education Higher

Case studies By: Valerie Runyan
Valerie Runyan

CASE STUDY – An Australian university has been applying lean to streamline and improve its processes, discovering along the way how big a change the methodology can affect in the organization's culture.


Profiles By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

PROFILE – Another month, another inspiring profile of a lean practitioner. We were impressed by Dr Billi’s deep conviction in the idea that, first of all, leaders must be learners. You will be too.

The Best of Three Worlds

Interviews By: Mariya Breyter
Mariya Breyter

Dun & bradstreet lean transformationINTERVIEW – Business services company Dun & Bradstreet learned that the best way to tackle organizational challenges is using a combination of agile, lean startup and more traditional lean principles.

The Keys to TWI Rollout and Sustainment

Features By: Art Smalley , Patrick Graupp & Scott Curtis
Art Smalley , Patrick Graupp & Scott Curtis

TWI rollout and sustainment lean methodologyFEATURE – The use of TWI is widespread, but course material doesn’t tell us much about rolling out programs and ensuring their sustainment over time. The authors come to the rescue, discussing how we can ensure the success of TWI.

Developing Problem Solvers to Mould Better Parts

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Gemba walk Alliance ChabironNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, Catherine visits a metal injection moulding specialist and hears about the strong link between growing people’s capabilities with lean thinking and staying competitive in a complex market.

Enough with the Waiting!

Features By: Intensive and Critical Care Team
Intensive and Critical Care Team

lean project intensive care siena hospitalFEATURE – Having dedicated clinical paths for specific types of patients is a well-known method for reducing waiting times. By doing it, Siena University Hospital managed to slash delays by 80%.

Got Lean?

Interviews By: Mark Huitema
Mark Huitema

FrieslandCampina lean programINTERVIEW – One of the world's largest dairy cooperatives, FrieslandCampina, has embarked on an ambitious global lean journey. Along the way, they found how critical leadership engagement is.

Lean Success and the Power of Networks

Features By: Paul Pejsa
Paul Pejsa

lean healthcare hospitals networkingFEATURE – This article shares the lean journeys of four North American hospitals, and their learning's, reminding us that being part of a network of likeminded practitioners is critical to our success.

Managing to Create Problem Solvers

Interviews By: César Gon & Bruno Guicardi
César Gon & Bruno Guicardi

CI&T lean thinking agileINTERVIEW – CI&T is a very successful Brazilian IT and software engineering company that has found in lean thinking a way to build on its agile work while better approaching leadership development.

United… Against Customer Value

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Boaz Tamir on United AirlinesCOLUMN – Last month a video surfaced of a passenger being forcibly removed from an overbooked United Airlines flight and the Internet went ablaze. What does this story tell us about the relationship between profitability and customer value?

LEI at 20 – Where Are We Going Next?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

LEI turns 20 hanseiWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – As the Lean Enterprise Institute turns 20, its founder provides us with a bit of hansei on where we are and where we are going next as a community, and on what challenges we might tackle.

Listen to the Lean Fiddler

Profiles By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

Mirette Kangas lean thinking profilePROFILE – Persevering, letting people inspire you and committing to continuous learning. These are the things you need to do to successfully embrace lean thinking and, it turns out, learn to play the violin.

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