Selected highlights from the Lean Blog Community from the month of July, 2010.
Put Away the Stopwatch – Evan Durant gives some pointers on how to take time observations.
Lean Metric: Waste Elimination Effectiveness – Mark Hamel reviews a metric around identifying, acknowledging, and eliminating waste.
Starting Lean Not from the Top – Lee Fried shares his story of transformation which doesn't start at the top but rather in the middle.
Rube Goldberg Leadership: Waste and Value – David Kasprzak explains the 7 wastes of leadership and how you can add value.
How to Overcome 24 Common Lean Excuses – Jeff Hajek talks about various reasons people resist change and how to overcome them.
How do you teach people improvement? – Dragan Bosnjak writes about how teach improvement from one generation to another.
Hierarchy of Lean Business Needs – Ankit Patel explains that while many companies jump to productivity in fact communication, trust, and alignment are the building blocks to reach productivity.
Management Trumps Culture Every Time – Bill Waddell writes of the BP disaster in terms how the management system failed driven by poor performance measures.
Process Improvement: Red is not necessarily bad and Green is not always good – John Wetzel reminds us to challenge status because great gains can be made from everything is okay.
Technology Supporting a Process – Matt Wrye talks about the fact that technology should support a process and not the other way around.
Do 'Quick Wins' Hurt Lean Initiatives? – Glenn Whitfield explains the danger of quick wins and why management needs to slow down to understand lean.
Building on Successful Improvement – John Hunter continues Glenn's discussion on Quick Wins with advice on how to build on these wins to really learn lean.
Forget SMART Goals-Do you have DUMB Goals? – Jamie Flinchbuagh explains some mistakes to avoid when formulating goals so they don't become dumb goals.
The Evolution of Lean – Mike Rother talks about the evolution of lean thinking and it's definition.
The Seven Wastes of Human Resources (HR) – Jim Baran explains the 7 wastes within the HR processes.
Lean Culture is about "How" – Pete Abilla says the Lean Culture is about how we go about things and the attitude and the mindset by which we do things.
The Hidden Gold on the Frontlines – Andy Brophy writes about an idea management system being more than just cost cutting.
The Importance of the Storefront in Lean Manufacturing – Jon Miller defines a storefront as a customer – producer interface and shares 3 examples in Lean manufacturing.
Leadership - The Hidden Opportunity – Productivity Inc. writes an insightful piece on Leadership and the importance of communication.
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