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Let’s Make Jobs Great

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

jim womack great jobsWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Small firms represent the backbone of the economy, and there is no doubt lean can help them improve and grow – by making the jobs they offer great. Without it, countries won't be great either.

The Answer Man

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack yokoten answer manWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – As a first instinct, most of us tend to provide answers and solutions rather than ask questions. In this month's Yokoten, Jim Womack provides advice on how to fight this behavior and become a coach.

The End of Work?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

end of work womackWOMACK’S YOKOTEN – The rise of the robots may still belong in sci-fi books, but there is no doubt that work as we know it is fading away. What is the role of lean thinking in this world of drones and driverless taxis?

Dealing with Lean’s Crazy Relatives

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Jim Womack on lean and taylorismWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – The author reflects on how the legacy of Taylor and Ford still poses challenges to the lean movement, and why critics should move past a simplistic view of lean as mere standardization.

In Praise of Iji

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

WOMACK'S YOKOTEN – In our lean journeys we spend so much time on improvement (kaizen) and innovation (kaikaku) that we often forget to address the issue of how to maintain our gains. Do you know iji? Perhaps you should.

Making Slow Ideas Go Faster

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

WOMACK'S YOKOTEN – How it is that some ideas and innovations spread like wildfire while others are slower to take roots? It is clear that lean thinking belongs to the latter category, but how can we speed up its diffusion?

A Visit to a Lean Farm

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

lean farming womackWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Lean in agriculture might still be in its infancy, but there is a small farm in Indiana that is already proving how valuable lean principles and techniques can be to this industry.

Lean Thinking for Mobility 2.0

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack mobility 2.0WOMACK’S YOKOTEN – In this month’s column, Jim shares an insightful analysis of the trends and dynamics of today’s automotive industry and looks at the opportunity that lean has to facilitate its next transformation.

Lean Thinking for Aerospace (Again)

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

Womack on lean in aerospaceWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – As a new age in aerospace dawns, with a need to move from huge and bespoke designs to affordable and high-volume production, lean thinking has a key role to play. But will the industry listen?

The Pace of Change: Evolution or Revolution?

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

kaizen or kaikakuWOMACK'S YOKOTEN - Kaizen or kaikaku? This is the problem. When it comes to the pace of change, should we carry on with small, incremental improvements or aim at more revolutionary changes instead?

A Lean Approach to Global Warming

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

womack paris agreement climate leanWOMACK'S YOKOTEN – Last month nations signed a greenhouse gas emissions deal – on paper, an insurance policy against climate change. But if action is to follow promises, the cost of the insurance premium, as perceived by voters and governments, must be lowered. Lean thinking can help.

A New Year’s Resolution: Start with the Work

Womack's Yokoten By: Jim Womack
Jim Womack

WOMACK'S YOKOTEN - If you are going to succeed at one of your resolutions for 2016, let it be that of always starting off a lean transformation with a deep analysis of the work at a single point in your organization, and then escalating your efforts to reach all the factors influencing the work.

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?

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