A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of November, 2012. You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.
When Did Manufacturing Become a Dirty Word? – Pamela Kan debunks 5 myths regarding the lack of excitement surrounding manufacturing.
Don’t Let Perfection Be a Barrier to Improvement – Jeff Hajek says while perfection is the goal; don’t let it stop you from making improvements continually.
Using Ideal Condition to Describe Perfection – Gregg Stocker advocates that the path forward comes from determining the gap between the ideal state and the current state.
Showing True Respect by Going to the Gemba – Brian Collyer looks at the important link of respect for people and the practice of going to the Gemba.
Managing Sandy's Aftermath: Emergency Response Personal Kanban – Jim Benson and Tonianne DeMaria Barry share a personal kanban system in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
You Must Teach a Man to Fish – Matt Wrye explains why it is important for Lean Leaders to teach others to think and behave with Lean principles than to do it for them.
Lean Leadership: A Lean Enterprise Starts With People - Tim Hall says the foundation of a Lean Enterprise has everything to do with people.
Eight Ways to Avoid the Kaizen Roach Motel – Mark Hamel shares 8 ways to ensure the ideas you have regarding continuous improvement gets heard and implemented.
Process Before Technology – Matt Wrye reminds us that technology should be designed to support the process not the other way round.
My Tried and True Lean Leadership Practices - Susie Sterling offers some tried and true, basic Lean Leadership best practices from experience.
Direction, Alignment, and Commitment – Dragan Bosnjak shares 3 elements that great leaders must follow in order to be successful.
The Greatest Waste – John Hunter talks about the waste of human knowledge and skill and why this is so critical to improve.
Leadership - Going to Gemba with a Purpose – Al Norval explains the purpose with which leaders should go to the Gemba.
From Dumb Luck to Deserved Success – Dave Krebs reminds us that leadership matters in a Lean organization to be successful.
Becoming a Transforming Leader - What does your Daily Standard Work Reflect? – Michael Kellner shares several transforming leader traits and how your standard work matters.
Challenging Challenge in the Toyota Way – Jon Miller explains the Toyota Production System and the importance challenge has in success.
Mitigating "Mura," or Unevenness – Michel Baudin explains Mura and talks about the impact of unevenness on processes.
The Lean System Comprises Three Loops in Fact: Design, Make, Sell – Pascal Dennis answers the question of lean adoption within the sales organization.
If the CEO sees Lean as Business Strategy, He/She will Involve Sales from Day One – Art Byrne explains the importance of adding sales into the Lean transformation from the start.