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.

Turning a Stumbling Block into a Building Block

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Tamir people developmentOPINION – Involvement, active listening and concern are crucial traits of lean leadership and the foundations on which respect for people is built into a learning organization, says Boaz Tamir reflecting on his evolution as a writer.

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?

Swim Downstream Towards the Customer

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

OPINION – Look at today's disruptive companies and you'll see how all of them have understood that real innovation calls for close proximity to the customer, rather than for stubbornly taking cover in the comfort of the upstream.

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.

Developing a Product Your Customers Covet

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

Boaz Tamir product people wantOPINION – When it comes to lean product development, it doesn’t matter whether you are making wine or motorcycles. Success comes from our ability to tell a story that engages our customers and a product they would line up for.

We Need to Teach Lean in Universities

Opinion By: Sérgio Caldeirinha
Sérgio Caldeirinha

lean in universitiesCALL TO ARMS – Despite the spread of lean principles across the world, only a handful of universities have included the methodology in their programs. This article is a call-to-arms telling us why we have an obligation towards future generations.

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.

Why Product Development Without Preparation Fails

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

tamir product development idea assessmentOPINION – Working on new product development without first assessing potential risks will almost certainly lead you to failure. Can you imagine the Wright brothers flying without having done preliminary studies on the feasibility of their idea?

Our Monthly Content Round-Up - April

Columns By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

planet lean content aprilEDITOR'S LETTER – Missed any of our articles this past month? Fear not, as our monthly roundup of Planet Lean content is here to provide you with the highlights and keep you up to date with the latest in lean thinking.

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?

Turning Your Customers into Fans

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

OPINION – Most organizations today can only dream of receiving the type of enthusiastic support that certain sports teams get from their fans. In order to do that, they need to forget short-termism and put their customers first.

Our Monthly Content Round-Up - March

Columns By: Roberto Priolo
Roberto Priolo

EDITOR'S LETTER - A summit in Las Vegas and a website redesign: March was a big one for PL. Our editor Roberto Priolo reflects on the month that was and offers a round-up of the content published on Planet Lean in March.

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?

Transition from Discussion to Dialogue to Innovate

Opinion pieces By: Boaz Tamir
Boaz Tamir

dialogue for innovationOPINION – It might seem like a subtlety, but the distinction between discussion and dialogue is actually fundamental as we try to find new ways to unleash organizational creativity.

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