INTERVIEW – A 22-people veterinarian hospital in Barcelona has recently turned to lean thinking. We caught up with the owner to learn how things have changed six months into the
FEATURE – How an amusement park in Norway is using lean visual management to support actors during their busy schedule and to give visitors an experience they will never forget.
FEATURE – The obeya room limits the number of unknowns before we start developing a product. In this sense, it’s a tool for discovery more than it is for delivery.
GETTING TO KNOW US – It’s easy to over-complicate lean thinking. This month’s Lean Global Network interviewee tells us why we should always start with the work and the people
FEATURE – The lean mindset Legal Sea Foods has developed is allowing the company to run bold, aggressive experiments that might some day reinvent the way their restaurant kitchens work.
FEATURE – Building on the benefits of the Last Planner System™, lean thinking is supporting people at Turner Construction Company as they solve problems in a structured way. Words: Doug
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
FEATURE – A laboratory testing services firm in Istanbul has turned to lean management to reduce complexity, shorten lead-times, and make its growth sustainable. Words: Banu Özkaya Yarbaş, Zeynep Akın,
FEATURE – At the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the Japanese Men’s 4x100m relay team went from being the underdogs to winning a silver medal by apply lean problem solving. Words:
VIDEO – The director of a hotel in Tenerife explains the first steps the team is taking to develop a lean daily management system, and how this connects to the organization's hoshin.
INTERVIEW – At last month’s Lean Digital Summit in Lisbon, César Gon told attendees how, with lean digital, we have an opportunity to finally get the attention of CEOs and
FEATURE – Innovation is a process and lean thinking allows that process to take place, by empowering everyone in the company to think creatively about solving customer problems. Words: Michael
GETTING TO KNOW US – We continue our series of interviews with Lean Global Network directors with a Q&A with another veteran of the global lean movement, Poland’s Tomasz Koch.
VIDEO - The director of a hotel in the Canary Islands explains the organization's hoshin efforts and shows us the lean visual management boards she uses to track progress and
PROFILE – Earlier this month, our editor visited the US and sat down with the CEO of a community health center near Boston. His humility and honesty about his lean
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 – This Norwegian company has come back from the brink of bankruptcy by rallying its people around a common set of values, by leaning out its processes and by
FEATURE - To get on a path of sustainable growth, an organization must get to know its customers... and there is no better way of doing so than embracing and
INTERVIEW - Grey Dube reflects on the approach, challenges and successes of becoming a lean CEO, and on how this helped turn Leratong Hospital into a lean organization. Interviewee: Grey
INTERVIEW – In this thought-provoking conversation, Michael Ballé and Mark Graban discuss metrics and the managerial attitude towards tracking them. Words: Michael Ballé, lean author and executive coach, and Mark
CASE STUDY – A Turkish producer of gas valves for kitchen appliances has discovered the power of the lean principles of pull and flow, reaching results beyond its imagination. Words:
FEATURE – How “Double-Loop PDCA” was discovered due to a problem with implementing a lean daily management system in a South African hospital. Words: Anton Grütter, Director, Lean Institute Africa
GETTING TO KNOW US – We recently visited Istanbul to learn about the work Lean Institute Turkey is doing to spread lean management in Turkey and beyond. We sat down
FEATURE – This Dutch company decided to start its lean journey by involving its suppliers in the improvement work. We hear from both customer and supplier. Words: Yi An Yung,
FEATURE – The application of lean management to education is not new, but we all know how hard changing legacy systems is. This greenfield lean school aims higher, trying to
FEATURE – The belief that standards kill creativity can be a severe hindrance in a lean journey. The author discusses how he convinced his team of architects to give standards
FEATURE – Following a visit to Toyota, the authors strive to challenge popular beliefs and shed a light on the underlying philosophy that has made the Toyota Production System a
FEATURE – Book clubs are a way to boost collaboration and develop lean leadership. A Norwegian firm that has been using them for a decade gives us a few tips
OPINION – What happens when a senior executive jumps the fence and finds himself having to drive the very same lean management transformation he was asking others to take on?
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?