A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of April, 2011. You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.
Can you Avoid Lean Failure? – Chris Paulsen answers a readers question by explaining common characteristics of successful Lean thinking companies.
Embrace the Opportunity of Failure – Kevin Meyer shares a personal example to illustrate the importance of learning from failure not fearing failure.
Engage in Improving the Management System – John Hunter says it takes active participation and in-process indicators to improvement management system.
Big Change or Step by Step? – Dragan Bosnjak answers a common question about the rate of change by looking at pros and cons.
The Lean Tortoise and the Hares – Kevin Meyer explains why slow and steady wins the race especially for those long journeys like Lean transformation.
Barn Raising Kaizen – Michael Lombard explains this concept of kaizen as the way it should an environment of team work.
Do Executives "Get It" – Glenn Whitfeld says that when you introduce something new you need to do more than "talk the talk", you must "walk the talk."
Effectively Leading and Mentoring Others - Steve Antonelli shares a story of coaching from the Gemba where he learned the importance of patience, consistency, and praise.
Put Out the Fire or Prevent the Fire – David Kasprzak reminds us that sometimes the only to get away from all the fires you're fighting is to let some of them burn.
Do What You Know – Pete Abilla shares a person story about some sage advice: Do what you know, start small, and figure out the rest as you go.
Who is the Customer for Your Internal Quality Audits? – Jamie Flinchbaugh says quality should have a bad cop mentality but instead reflect the voice of the customer.
Human Resources Role in Lean – Matt Wrye talks about the importance of having HR involved in a Lean transformation.
Lean is never sustainable, but one person can become better and better at it – Michael Balle says sustaining Lean itself adds no value but everyone practicing Lean thinking does.
Why Lean Fails: Operation Excellence Treated as a Tool Based on Vocation, Not a Principle Based on Profession – Steven Spear says true sustained excellence comes about from having systematic approaches.
Lean Saves Capital – Daniel Jones talks about how Lean improvement can avoid unnecessary capital expenditures.
Time: The Ultimate Currency – David Kasprzak explains that time is our most precious element and I couldn't agree more.
6 Principles for Rebuilding Industry – Jon Miller shares some principles for those rebuilding
after the natural disaster that everyone can benefit from. Japan
Who is Responsible for Quality? – Jamie Flinchbaugh explains why everyone in the organization needs to be responsible for quality from the standpoint of impact.
Staying Power - Zane Ferry says we need to improve of application of new knowledge if we want to produce lasting, sustainable changes in behavior.
An Overlooked Benefit of Kaizen Events – Jeff Hajek advocates the use of Kaizen events as a way to develop skills and identify the character traits that provide the foundation for strong leadership.
It's Harder to Tolerate Waste "When you know what good looks like..." – Mark Graban shares a personal story from healthcare on waste that I think we can all relate to in terms of seeing waste in all processes.
Tools, Rules, Principles, and Lean Wallpaper – Art Smalley talks about misguided lean efforts today that lack strong technical knowledge to support a strong Lean thinking foundation.
The "D" Word – Erika Fox explains what discipline might look like in a Lean organization.
Practice Makes Permanent – Bruce Hamilton explains that practice does not really make it perfect but it does make it permanent.
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