Feature Articles

Pick Yourself up, Dust Yourself off, Start Over

Features By: Michael Ballé
Michael Ballé

Michael Ballé observe orient and learn by doingFEATURE – When lean seems to fail, leaders should persist and work even harder to bring people on the journey - by observing the situation, providing clear success criteria, and learning together on the job. That's what leading with lean is about.

Levelled Production Ideas Work Across the Business

Features By: Ian Glenday
Ian Glenday

business processes glenday sieveFEATURE – In the final article of his series on levelled production, the author debunks the belief that the Glenday Sieve is a method that can only be used in a manufacturing environment.

Innovation Is No Game… or Is It?

Features By: Monica Rossi & Roberto Priolo
Monica Rossi & Roberto Priolo

SBCE lego game monica rossiFEATURE – In a world of disruptive innovation, being faster and smarter at developing new products has become critical. The authors explain why set-based concurrent engineering is the answer, and why a game is the best way to learn it.

Going Lean with Might and... Vein

Features By: Morena Venturini & Francesca Marchi
Morena Venturini & Francesca Marchi

FEATURE – In the second article of our series written by the front-line staff of Siena University Hospital, we learn how the lean principles of pull and flow have transformed the blood donating process.

De-Risking a Lean Transformation

Features By: Arnaldo Camuffo
Arnaldo Camuffo

manager support lean transformationsFEATURE – A lean journey often has more downs than ups, but it is a responsibility of management to persist and keep asking the right questions that will steer the firm in the right direction.

Creating Lean Leaders… with a Book

Features By: Louise Heather
Louise Heather

Akzonobel lead with respectFEATURE – When they realized their lean efforts had overlooked the crucial aspect of management behavior, AkzoNobel senior leaders turned to a great lean book for help with leadership development.

10 Strategic Planning Obstacles Hoshin Can Overcome

Features By: Flávio Picchi
Flávio Picchi

hoshin kanri common problems strategy leanFEATURE – Is your organization experiencing any of the strategic planning problems described in this article? If so, it might be time to tap into the potential of hoshin kanri.

Traditional Customer Service Is No Longer Enough

Features By: Steve Bell & Karen Whitley Bell
Steve Bell & Karen Whitley Bell

customer service digital worldFEATURE – As many retail giants are finding out, great customer service is no longer enough to ensure competitive advantage in a world where the digital revolution is taking no prisoners.

There Is No Lean Manifesto… Here’s Why

Features By: Dimitri Baeli & Michael Ballé
Dimitri Baeli & Michael Ballé

lean manifesto lean principlesFEATURE – Why doesn't lean have a manifesto? The authors highlight the core principles and values of lean thinking, but warn these can only go so far without the learning that comes from working every day towards solving the next problem.

Levelled Production and Product Costing

Features By: Ian Glenday
Ian Glenday

product costing ian glendayFEATURE – What does levelled production have to do with product costing? This article explains how getting your accountants to understand this link can help your company become less complex, more efficient and profitable.

The Right Bed at the Right Time

Features By: Internal Medicine Team
Internal Medicine Team

internal medicine siena hospitalFEATURE – Every year, Siena University Hospital runs a Lean Day to celebrate and award its best lean projects. In this new series, front-line people write about five of these initiatives: first up, Internal Medicine.

What Our Visual Management Mistakes Taught Us

Features By: Cécile Roche
Cécile Roche

visual management at thales groupFEATURE – How do you ensure that visual management doesn’t become anything more than a way to reassure the boss, rather than foster a learning and problem solving culture? The author reflects on her company’s journey towards effective visualization.

Three Challenges Banks Face, and How Lean IT Can Help

Features By: Marie-Pia Ignace
Marie-Pia Ignace

challenges banking lean itFEATURE – The banking sector is floundering in the face of heavy regulation and increased competition from fintechs. So what can banks do? The author suggests they embrace lean IT in order to change their ways.

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?

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