Feature Articles

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.

All Together Now - Creating the Social Basis of Lean

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

social basis for lean managementWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – The author looks at hoshin planning, A3 thinking and daily management as the three key elements of a lean management system, and highlights the related behaviors that will allow lean to thrive.

Coaching and Teaching Using Lean Games

Features By: Bruno Pešec
Bruno Pešec

coaching with lean gamesFEATURE – Simulations and games can be extremely beneficial, so long as we use them to highlight and explain the underlying behaviors we must adopt if we are to successfully embrace lean... and not only the tools.

What Really Happens on a Gemba Walk

Features By: Michael Ballé , Furio Clerico & Fabiano Clerico
Michael Ballé , Furio Clerico & Fabiano Clerico

gemba walk Tokheim Michael BalléFEATURE – Lean encourages us to go to the gemba as much as we can, but what should we actually do when walking the workspace? It turns out it’s not so much about doing as it is about thinking.

Making Our Growth Sustainable

Case studies By: Baran Burat
Baran Burat

Cimtas problem solving lean thinkingCASE STUDY – With plans to double capacity year on year in its new precision machining business, a Turkish company found in lean a way to control growth by stabilizing old processes while new ones are introduced.

What It Means to Manage from the Gemba

Columns By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

gemba walk show respect Boaz TamirCOLUMN – Want to grasp the current situation? Then you must go to the gemba, but it would be a mistake to think that alone is enough to change your business… you also have to ask why and show respect.

Toyota’s Green Strategy

Interviews By: Steve Hope
Steve Hope

Environmental strategy at Toyota lean thinkingINTERVIEW – It might seem a paradox that the world’s largest automaker is setting the pace for corporate social responsibility. Then again, Toyota never really followed the status quo. Kelly Singer interviews Toyota's Steve Hope.

DIY Lean for Children with Cerebral Palsy

Features By: Gillian Saloojee
Gillian Saloojee

DIY lean thinking at Malamulele Onward FEATURE – At Malamulele Onward in Johannesburg, a do-it-yourself lean transformation is increasing the impact the nonprofit organization is having on South African children living with cerebral palsy.

Lean for Sustainable Fashion

Features By: Johanne Read and Tess De Mesa with Alice Lee
Johanne Read and Tess De Mesa with Alice Lee

lean thinking for sustainable fashion at Eileen FisherFEATURE – Designing beautiful work helps design beautiful clothes. Here’s the story of how women’s clothing brand Eileen Fisher found in lean a way to support its environmental sustainability strategy.

The Swedish Museum That Highlights Failure

Interview By: Samuel West
Samuel West

Museum of Failure opens in SwedenINTERVIEW – Last month the Museum of Failure opened in Sweden. We caught up with the curator, who tells us what the museum is all about and why failure is now “cool”.

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