NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – The author visits a comparison website that is gradually integrating agile and lean thinking in its processes, identifying new and exciting improvement opportunities. Words: Catherine
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This French company provides support to the severely disabled, and is currently using lean thinking to limit employee turnover and recruit faster. Words: Catherine Chabiron,
FEATURE – Enabling its people to think autonomously about problems and fostering collaboration among departments is allowing a French company that makes and installs playgrounds to thrive. Words: Catherine Chabiron,
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – In the web marketing world, a competitive advantage is a matter of life and death for businesses. The author meets a firm that has been
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – The author visits an SME specializing in the instalment of electrical equipment. Its CEO has learned that integrating lean in their strategy can lead to
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, the author meets a group of business leaders consistently breaking new ground in their exploration of the relationship between IT and sustainability by
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – If you need proof that kaizen leads to real innovation, look no further than AIO. This French Tech company that reinvented itself as a karakuri
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, the author shares her account of a recent gemba walk at a Tier 2 Toyota supplier, which has achieved impressive results by applying
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – Catherine’s gemba walks are back after the summer break. This month, she visits a start-up that is using lean to manage its growth, and learns about
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – With a strong focus on quality and on solving problems once and for all, Paris Ouest Construction has managed to weather the storm of the
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – This month, Catherine visits a metal injection moulding specialist and hears about the strong link between growing people’s capabilities with lean thinking and staying competitive
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – Follow Catherine on another one of her gemba walks around French companies. This time, she visits a manufacturer of inspecting machines near Bordeaux, with a
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – On this gemba walk in the cardiology department of a Parisian hospital, the author discovers how the team is changing its internal dynamics and processes
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA - We follow the author on a visit to a train maintenance center in France. Through practical examples and pictures from the gemba, she explains how
NOTES FROM THE GEMBA – In the past 15 months Terex Cranes has successfully initiated a lean transformation. Follow Catherine Chabiron on her gemba walk to see what this large
What is lean, you ask? Lean is a different, better approach to management that can dramatically improve your organizational performance, make your customers and employees happier, and transform your firm. And it doesn’t matter where you work – this methodology may have been born in Toyota’s factories, but today there is much more than just lean manufacturing out there. We have successful examples of lean healthcare, lean government, lean engineering, lean education and even lean marketing, to name but a few.
The main idea behind the lean approach is that there is always a better way of doing things, and that your people are critical to finding out what that better way is. They will do so by helping you to understand the work to be done, seeing the problems that plague it, and finding solutions to those problems.
As the official online magazine of Lean Global Network, Planet Lean brings you the best insights on lean management from around the world. We share examples of successful applications of the lean methodology in all industries, hands-on advice on how to make lean principles and lean tools work in your organization, and thought-provoking articles that will help you to reflect further on the opportunity to achieve operational excellence.
This business philosophy can truly transform your organization, but creating a lean culture starts with you… Are you up for the challenge?