Feature Articles

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.

The Lean Secret to Making Elephants Dance

Features By: Michael Ballé , Eve Parier & Dan Jones
Michael Ballé , Eve Parier & Dan Jones

lean plan Parier Balle JonesFEATURE – Is there such a thing as a lean plan? There is, but it's not an off-the-shelf solution that will appease your boss – and that's why traditional, bureaucratic organizations continue to exist.

Patient Welfare First

Features By: Intensive Care Nursery team
Intensive Care Nursery team

Siena hospital neonatal careFEATURE – Another month, another story of a lean project told by the Siena hospital front-line folks. This time we take you to the Intensive Care Nursery, whose layout was transformed to provide better care to premature newborns.

Lean Is No Dummy Pill

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Proditec gemba walk ChabironNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – Follow Catherine on another one of her gemba walks around French companies. This time, she visits a manufacturer of inspecting machines near Bordeaux, with a visionary leader and a great story.

(Lean)novation to Change the World

Features By: Ayperi Okur
Ayperi Okur

lean for innovation Ayperi OkurFEATURE – We spend a lot of time talking about innovation, but what is the actual impact of leveraging lean to achieve it? As the author points out, the potential is huge, provided certain conditions are met.

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.

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