A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of October, 2013. You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.
Faith as Second Nature – Bill Waddell says the core kata is perhaps the most valuable element of a lean transformation, and quite likely the most powerful bit of Toyota DNA that can be traced back to Henry Ford.
The Lean Formula – Gregg Stocker shares basic equation which is a guide for starting your Lean journey.
Failure is Requirement for Innovation – Al Norval talks about the need for failure and to be comfortable with it if you want to innovate.
Machines Must Serve People – Bob Emiliani explains the need for machines to serve people in the process and not the other way around.
Problem-Solving: Is There An Easier Way – Karen Martin explains while there are needs for more sophisticated tools simple problem solving by all is more powerful in the long run.
Key Takeaways From The 2013 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference – Christina Kach summarizes here visit to the Northeast Shingo Prize Conference.
Lean Sigma = Lean Plus Six Sigma or Six Sigma With Just a Little Lean? – Mark Graban outlines his opinion on the common debate about and Six Sigma.
The Key to Customer Satisfaction in Lean Logistics Management – Sussie Sterling shares 5 Lean guidelines to improve your company’s on-time performance.
Process, Result and Value for the Community – Jon Miller talks about bringing value beyond the individual and the customer to that of the community and their interrelationship.
Leadership, Time, and Information Flow – Bob Emiliani shares some thoughts on economies of scale and it relationship to how managers lead organizations.
8 Deadly Sins – Bill Waddell shares 8 big reasons for Lean failures.
Adding Flavor to the Gemba Using SALT – Grant Greenberg shares the mnemonic “Go S.A.L.T.” can remind every leader of the true purpose and value of a gemba visit.
Poka Yoke & Respect for People – Al Norval explains poka yoke and it’s relation to respect for people.
Leader as Student and Teacher: A Preview Lesson From LeanCor’s Lean Leadership Academy - Some tips to lead by being both a student and teacher.
Lean Champions Must Understand the Psychological Principles of Change – Karen Wilhelm shares a few more ideas on how people are affected by technological change.
Catchball Helps Us Get Past We Versus They – Tracey Richardson explains the concept of catchball and how it creates teamwork and mutual respect.
Lean v. Innovation…Wrong Question! – Matthew E May says Lean and innovation does not have to be at odds with each other.
The Future of Lean – Bob Emiliani discusses the evolution of Lean and what the future holds.