A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of January, 2012. You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.
The Missing Link in Lean Deployment – Gregg Stocker says the missing link in Lean deployment is organization leadership DNA from Deming's profound system of knowledge.
Standard Work is Like Food - Taste Before Seasoning – Mark Hamel talks about the need to improve and implement standard work but both need tried and improved.
How To Trick Yourself Into Thinking You Are Doing Lean (And to Trick Others At the Same Time) – Jamie Flinchbaugh says se sometimes confuse using the tool, or filling out the form, or making a list, with actual analysis and thought.
5S First? – Bruce Hamilton says "True North" is the vision of the ideal and we should always do what we should do, not what we can do.
Should Lean Start With 5s? or Somewhere Else? – Jamie Flinchbaugh continues Bruce Hamilton's thoughts or where to start Lean implementation suggesting a roadmap insteaf of a recipe.
The 3P's of Kaizen – Tom Southworth suggests using the 3 P's - purpose, plan, people – to improve kaizen activity.
What is- Lean - Minimize or Maximize? – Glenn Whitfield explains that Lean is not about more or less but rather increasing value through continuous improvement with respect for people.
Jidoka- The Forgotten Pillar – Al Norval explain the 2nd pillar jidoka which combined with JIT can provides value to customers.
To Change the Game, Ignore Those Willing To Play – David Kasprzak says that we need to focus on those that encourage status quo for the most reward.
Finding Waste at the Stadium – Chad Walters explains the 8 wastes in sports and how he is using Lean Thinking to improve this industry.
We Don't Know – Mike Wroblewski shares some insightful reflections on why we must keep improving, learning, and growing.
How to Translate Waste to Cost - My 1 Second Lesson! – Tracey Richardson explains the importance of everyone saving just one second.
Lean-led Design: Rules of the Road - Teresa Carpenter explains Lean led design in healthcare with Steven Spear's "Four Rules-in-Use."
Evaluating Executive Performance – Art Smalley shares some thoughts on how executive performance may be evaluated by looking at the lasting impact the leader leaves.
When You Can See It You Can Manage It – Dan Markovitz shares a visual system that helps manage team member's work load.
Are Your Operations Success Levers Defined? 6 Steps to Get You Started – Marci Reynolds defines the right levers to make your operations successful.
ThedaCare's "Business Performance System" - and a 10% Target – Mark Graban writes about ThedaCare's lean system and their desire for 10% improvement.