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Sustainable Lean Requires Good Jobs

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack yokoten good jobsWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – If truly embraced, lean thinking sustains and (in the long run) even creates jobs, but if a transformation is to last these jobs must be “good,” says Jim Womack.

The First 25 Years of Lean Thinking

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

machine that changed the world 25 anniversaryWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – On October 10, 1990 the book that introduced lean thinking to the world was published. Twenty-five years after Machine, one of the authors reflects on what the lean movement has achieved and on what is slowing it down.

Don’t “Defeat” Your Customers (and Yourself)

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack yokoten volkswagenWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – The Volkswagen “defeat device” scandal is the latest example of a company that has chosen to focus on growth rather than the customer. What can we learn from this, and what should we do when such a shift takes place?

Is Sharing Lean?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

lean thinking sharingWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – The sharing economy came with a very “lean” promise – underutilized resources made available to those who need them for a reasonable fee – but not all that glitters is gold.

Can Bonuses Be Lean?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

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WOMACK’S YOKOTEN - When managed poorly and tied to the wrong performance metrics, financial rewards can seriously damage your organization, Jim Womack warns in his latest column.

Metrics: Mindless or Mindful?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

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WOMACK'S YOKOTEN - Senior leadership must learn to understand the work if they are to move away from the mindless metrics that lead managers to "game" numbers or to shift responsibility on to other departments.

Spreading the Lean World

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

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WOMACK'S YOKOTEN - Given the name of this column, it only makes sense to analyze the word yokoten. So, how can we effectively help others to apply what we learn at the gemba? What makes yokoten successful?

Winning Over the Anchor-Draggers

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

yokoten womack lean resistance

WOMACK'S YOKOTEN - Every practitioner has encountered employee resistance to lean at some point. Here's a few tips on how to win over naysayers and perhaps even turn them into some of your biggest supporters.

The joy of a greenfield

Features By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

ARTICLE - In this essay, first appeared in his book Gemba Walks, Jim P. Womack describes the benefits of launching lean in a greenfield environment drawing from his experience volunteering in Central America.

Leanshoring for Long-Term Success

Features By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

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ARTICLE - In this essay, one of the 12 new essays written for the second edition of Gemba Walks, Jim Womack encourages firms to "do the lean math" and move production where it makes most sense.

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