Case Studies

All The Green Waste Hidden in Your Digital Tech

Features By: Kelly Singer
Kelly Singer

green waste lean thinking digital techFEATURE – Not many people know that digital technology and the IT industry are rife with environmental waste. Discovering it and eliminating early can have beneficial effects on both the business world and the planet.   

Dealing with Lean

Case studies By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

documentary Halfway Toyota lean thinkingDOCUMENTARY – In PL’s first ever documentary, we share the story of a chain of car dealerships in Africa. Watch and learn how people development and lean leadership made for one of the best turnarounds you’ll ever encounter.

Are You Properly Practicing PDCA?

Features By: Drew Locher , Bethany Foy & Mike Merrick
Drew Locher , Bethany Foy & Mike Merrick

Practicing PDCA Drew LocherFEATURE – In lean, we talk about PDCA all the time… but do we actually practice it as we should? The authors discuss what makes for successful continuous improvement.

The Lean Promise

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Jim Womack on the lean promiseYOKOTEN – Lean has changed the world in many ways, even though the original vision of its founding fathers has failed to materialize. Jim discusses why, as a movement, we shouldn’t give up and review our strategy instead.

Managing for the Future

Features By: Dan Jones
Dan Jones

managing for the future lean thinkingFEATURE – Lean is a people-centric system for learning that acts as an alternative to traditional management and financial capitalism. It represents the best strategy a company can adopt to meet the needs of the future.

Joyful Chefs Make Delicious Food

Features By: Jeff Zhou
Jeff Zhou

Xibei restaurant lean coachingFEATURE – An approach based on coaching and experiments is transforming the way restaurant chain Xibei works with its people to improve service and dishes: the story of Chef Liang and his Kongfu fish.

Why Can’t I Do It My Own Way?

Features By: Tracey Richardson
Tracey Richardson

Tracey Richardson lessons ToyotaFEATURE – Through this intimate anecdote from her days at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, the author tells us of her experience with standardization… and of the deep leadership lessons hiding behind it.

How Lean Works

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

Michael Belle how lean worksFEATURE – Continuously studying the challenges we meet and the responses we devise, lean gives us endless opportunities to learn. The author goes back to basics, reflecting on some core lean premises.

Three Changes to Make HR a Lean Enabler

Features By: Flávio Picchi & Marcelo Amoroso
Flávio Picchi & Marcelo Amoroso

lean management in HRFEATURE – In most organizations on a lean journey, the people management function is not very involved. So, how should HR change, if it is to effectively support a lean transformation?

The Risk of Learning or Learning the Risk?

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

preparation to avoid risk lean thinkingCOLUMN – With many of us about to leave for our summer vacations, the importance of planning (a holiday just like a business venture) could not be clearer. But objectives and potential problems should be identified before setting off.

A Family Affair

Features By: Amy Davidson-Oerlemans , Chris Oerlemans & Steven Oerlemans
Amy Davidson-Oerlemans , Chris Oerlemans & Steven Oerlemans

lean construction Kloet

FEATURE – Visualizing the work, increasing customer focus and changing the way to interact with employees has helped a family-run Dutch building maintenance and renovation firm to transform itself.

When Disaster Strikes

Features By: Takahiro Fujimoto
Takahiro Fujimoto

disaster recovery ToyotaFEATURE – Much has been said and written about Toyota’s ability to recover from disasters. What many don’t realize, however, is that the company’s recovery strategy is informed by its underlying values – not just its tools.

An Alliance to Bring Lean Capabilities to Singapore

Features By: Jikku Mohan and René Aernoudts with Arthur Poh
Jikku Mohan and René Aernoudts with Arthur Poh

LGN SIT partnership lean capabilitiesFEATURE – Last year, the Lean Global Network entered a partnership with the Singapore Institute of Technology to bring lean capabilities to local SMEs. Along the way, we discovered an alternative approach to academic teaching.

Getting Your Hands Dirty

Features By: Carolien Nijhuis
Carolien Nijhuis

lean transformation Nijhuis MitechFEATURE – At Nijhuis Mitech, management is so involved that the owner can often be seen at the gemba running experiments with people. The transformation that ensued is helping the firm become more efficient and stay competitive.

Inherently Lean

Interview By: Vittorio Gaudino
Vittorio Gaudino

Sisma Italy lean managementINTERVIEW – Italy-based precision machinery manufacturer Sisma has changed skin many times over the years. We sat down with its general manager to learn how the firm has been able to continuously innovate over the years.

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