Feature Articles

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.

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.

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.

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.

Revolutionizing Car Repairs and Servicing

Features By: Michael Mruma , Veronica Selelo & Lebo Ketwesepe
Michael Mruma , Veronica Selelo & Lebo Ketwesepe

Halfway Ngami lean transformationFEATURE – You have never seen a workshop like this before: Halfway Ngami in Botswana has creatively transformed car servicing and repairs by making problems visible and introducing flow.

How Visual Management Is Transforming Our ER

Features By: Laura Friggi Peters de Holanda
Laura Friggi Peters de Holanda

visual management lean hospital SPDMVIDEO GEMBA WALK - Last week PL went to Brazil. We joined a doctor at the gemba in one of the hospitals we visited and asked her to show us their visual management system in the ER.

Lean for the Prosperity of Our Communities

Features By: Ben Hoseus , Kelly Nutty & Jason Schulist
Ben Hoseus , Kelly Nutty & Jason Schulist

lean thinking for community prosperityFEATURE – Riverview Gardens in an NGO striving to build prosperity for the community around it through capability development. The authors suggest this should be the goal for the lean community as a whole.

Leveraging Book Clubs to Drive Improvement

Features By: Mike Schembri
Mike Schembri

lean book clubs at Fuji Xerox AustraliaFEATURE – In May, the author told us how the IT department at Fuji Xerox Australia used book clubs to engage people in lean. In this update, he explains how the efforts were brought over to a different area of the business.

How We Grew Our Car Sales by 400%

Features By: Calvin Govender , Charmaine Lategan & Dale Thomas
Calvin Govender , Charmaine Lategan & Dale Thomas

lean sales Halfway OtteryFEATURE – For the first article in our series on the Halfway transformation, we asked the Sales team to tell us about how they apply lean to selling cars in a challenging social context.

Don’t Be One-Dimensional in Your Lean Transformation

Features By: René Aernoudts
René Aernoudts

lean transformation multidimensional René AernoudtsFEATURE – Because each lean transformation is unique, we can't expect an off-the-shelf solution to work. The author discusses multi-dimensional transformations and how we can be flexible but also structured.

A Lean Night in Moscow

Features By: Vyacheslav Boltrukevich
Vyacheslav Boltrukevich

LGN distance lean learningFEATURE – When done well, distance learning can be as effective as direct participation in a summit. The author reflect on a recent experiment and wonders whether distance makes the heart grow… leaner.

How Lean Helped a Start-Up Manage Its Growth

Features By: Catherine Chabiron
Catherine Chabiron

Aramis Auto gamba lean startupNOTES FROM THE GEMBA – Catherine’s gemba walks are back after the summer break. This month, she visits a start-up that is using lean to manage its growth, and learns about its management’s extraordinary turnaround.

Better Managing Processes to Fight Heart Attacks

Features By: Eduardo Novaes , Bruno Battaglia & Flávio Battaglia
Eduardo Novaes , Bruno Battaglia & Flávio Battaglia

hospital Aliança lean healthcareFEATURE – Long waiting times are bad for both patients and hospitals, but when we talk about heart attacks reducing them becomes a moral imperative. Here’s how Hospital Aliança in Brazil is doing it.

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