A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of January, 2014. You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.
The Art Of Replacing Systems: How To Change The World – Matthew E May explains 3 elements of a system that governs change.
The Futility of a Numerical Goal – Tim Higgins describes the downfall of arbitrary numerical goal.
Lean and Management Processes – Michel Baudin explains his approach to management processes and it’s relationship to engineering in manufacturing.
Applied EPEI – Phil Coy explains the application of “every part every interval” and how it drives continuous improvement.
Standardized Work for Kaizen: Define, Achieve, Maintain, Improve – Tracey Richardson defines the actual steps needed for Kaizen.
What's Your Company's Bottleneck? – Brent Wahba shares some ideas to experiment with when trying to understand bigger system problems of the entire organization.
4 Keys to Strategic Lean Leadership - Clint McCrystal shares some basic strategies that can be used by new participants in lean leadership.
What Makes a Provider Truly Lean? - Michael Burchett defines a few key lean logistics performance areas to keep in mind when looking for a third party logistics provider.
Leadership is About Language – Al Norval defines “True North” and explains why leaders need to communicate the vision and direction.
It starts with respect for the product – Bill Waddell says any chance at having a culture centered on creating maximum value for the customers begins with hiring the right people, people with more than a passing interest in the product.
What Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Can Teach Us About Continuous Improvement – Chad Walters shares lessons from Dr. King, who had the courage to make the world a better place.
Why Does Most Lean Literature Address Only Make to Stock? – George Bohan explains that Lean is not about tools but rather process control.
Still Beating Up Suppliers? – Bob Emiliani explains the downside of beating up on suppliers with some words of wisdom from forgotten pioneers.
Every Company’s Operational Excellence Journey Is Different – Mark Davidson shares the similarities and differences of company’s journey to operational excellence.
Lean and 6-Sigma: Still Not the Same – Gregg Stocker explains the differences in improvement approaches between Lean and 6-sigma from his point of view.
Gaining Clarity through Value Stream Mapping – Karen Martin explains how value stream maps can boost organizational clarity.
Patience – Bruce Hamilton explores patience and it’s place when creating change in an organization.
My Continuous Improvement: Personal Kanban – 4th Revision FAILED! – Matt Wrye discusses an improvement in his kanban system that totally failed and the lesson he learned.
Continuous Flow is the Key to Improving Quality – Michael Balle says the continuous flow creates the opportunity for Kaizen and quality improvement.
Standard Work Instructions are Continually Improved; They are not a Barrier to Improvement – John Hunter explains that standard work is not a barrier but rather a means to lock in improvement.
Situational Leadership: Change Your Style Based on the Need – Jamie Flinchbaugh says different situations require different leadership traits and good leaders know to adapt.