Interviews

Supplier Development at John Deere

Interviews By: Ángel Sanz Fernández
Ángel Sanz Fernández

john deere lean supply chainINTERVIEW – For the past year, agricultural equipment manufacturer John Deere Ibérica has worked to spread lean thinking to the supply chain. We met with them in Madrid to understand how they’re going about it.

Reinventing a Business Model with Lean Thinking

Interviews By: Ronald Uchil
Ronald Uchil

lean transformation GerabINTERVIEW – Lean is making inroads in the Middle East! In this interview, a Senior VP of Gerab National Enterprises tells us how the company is using lean to reinvent itself as a project management firm.

Shaping the New Leaders of Education

Interviews By: Peg Pennington & Aneesa Locke-Hines
Peg Pennington & Aneesa Locke-Hines

bright program a3 thinkingINTERVIEW – A program that aims to help disadvantaged school districts in Ohio used A3 thinking to teach principals how to scientifically solve problems together with their teachers. We met a principal and one of her teachers.

Navigating Lean Change in a Financial Department

Interviews By: Orry Fiume
Orry Fiume

lean accounting orry fiumeINTERVIEW – In this interview, the former CFO of uber-lean company Wiremold explains why our finance people hold the key to our transformation and gives us the lowdown on lean accounting.

Teaching Lean in Universities

Interviews By: Peter Ward
Peter Ward

teaching lean in universitiesINTERVIEW – Making lean thinking a bigger part of our university programs and education is the only way to ensure the methodology really comes to permeate our societies. But how can we ensure lean is taught in a way that makes sense?

Using Kanban to Speed up Product Development Flow

Interviews By: Hamish McMinn
Hamish McMinn

lean product development JLRINTERVIEW – Following two successful experiments with kanban boards, Jaguar Land Rover decided to extend the reach of its lean product development activities to include all new vehicle programs. Here’s how the story unfolded.

Lean and the City

Interviews By: Boyd Cohen
Boyd Cohen

Lean cities interviewSEEN FROM OTHERS – Another interview in our series on how lean is perceived from the outside. This month we talk to an urban strategist to see if and how lean can contribute to transforming our cities.

A Few Words of LPPD Wisdom

Interviews By: Durward Sobek
Durward Sobek

Durward Sobek LPPD interview90-SECOND Q&A – At a recent summit, our editor Roberto Priolo sat down with Durward Sobek to discuss design thinking, obstacles to the application of lean in product and process development, and why LPPD in services is a bit different.

The Slowdown of Western Labor Productivity

Interviews By: Chad Syverson
Chad Syverson

productivity slowdown chad syversonSEEN FROM OTHERS – In a new series, we ask experts from outside our community to share thoughts on lean-related topics. This month we meet an economist with an interesting take on the West’s productivity slowdown and its link to learning.

Curious About the Financial Impact of Lean? Come to Holland!

Interviews By: Arnaldo Camuffo
Arnaldo Camuffo

Camuffo Nyenrode eventINTERVIEW – Ahead of this month’s Lean Experience Days in Holland, PL meets one of the speakers to learn about his research into the financial effects of lean transformations.

Lean à La Carte

Interviews By: Richard Vellante & Peter Doire
Richard Vellante & Peter Doire

INTERVIEW – An American group of restaurants is experimenting with the application of lean thinking in its kitchens and dining areas. Planet Lean had a word with the chefs to see what’s cooking.

People Development: Lean Insurance for Nationwide

Interviews By: Guru Vasudeva
Guru Vasudeva

nationwide standup meetingINTERVIEW – At the recent Lean Transformation Summit in Las Vegas, our editor sat down with Nationwide to hear more about the mutual company’s application of lean thinking to IT and how they are working towards getting 9,000 people onboard.

It’s What You Do as a Leader, Not What You Say

Interviews By: Greg Lane
Greg Lane

interview greg lane leadershipINTERVIEW – We asked Greg Lane to reflect on his experience with lean transformations and to share his thoughts on the leadership behaviors that best support them.

Evolving Community, Evolving Summit

Interviews By: Planet Lean
Planet Lean

lean summit lyonINTERVIEW - Last week's Lean Summit in Lyon was a great success. We asked Michael Ballé of the Institut Lean France why that was, what the key takeaways were, and what was new in this edition.

The Secrets of Leadership at Toyota

Interviews By: Art Smalley
Art Smalley

Toyota's approach to leadershipINTERVIEW – Last month we caught up with Toyota veteran Art Smalley in Las Vegas and discussed with him the role of leadership in a lean transformation and the four different types of problem solving he talks about in his new book.

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