Let’s take an opportunity to look at the resources over at the Lean Learning Center. The Lean Learning Center was founded in 2001 by Andy Carlino, Jamie Flinchbaugh and Dennis Pawley to address the gaps and barriers that are holding back companies from successful and sustainable lean transformation. The biggest failure mode of lean transformation is a general misunderstanding of the importance of a holistic lean approach. Implementation often looks like a collection of lean tools, as opposed to a complete solution where all of the mechanisms work together to evoke change. The Lean Learning Center is committed to developing leaders and learners for lean transformation, and delivering the resources and curriculum to help you learn and gain valuable new skills.
At their on-line Knowledge Center you can find a collection of useful materials including:
Primer on Lean Lingo
Collection of articles and industry publications
Lean Progress Newsletter
The primer is meant to give people new to lean a brief introduction to lean language. Jamie Flinchbaugh writes a column monthly in Assembly Magazine called Leading Lean. You can review those articles dating back to 2006 on their website. The associates at the Lean Learning Center continually engage in research in development and you can learn more about this from their collection of published articles. They also publish a newsletter several times a year where they discuss various lean topics from their experience and perspective.
These reading materials are a convenient source for self learning and for sharing within your organization. The Lean Learning Center is a good place to start research on those new tools you want to implement in your organization.