Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Lean Roundup #96 – May, 2017


A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of May, 2017.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.

The Lean Journey: It’s in the Name – Jon Miller reflects and explains the meaning of the Lean journey.

Short-Term vs Long-Term: They Both Matter – Gregg Stocker explains why the real problem for the organization occurs when people get so consumed with short-term problems that the long-term becomes an afterthought and what to do about it.

Are You Putting Out Fires? Or Leading Improvement? - Tom Stoffel says as organizations move beyond the foundational process tools, leaders must guide the organization through the maturity continuum from firefighting, to improvement and standard processes, to sustaining with management systems, and ultimately to aligning all of these to meet the strategic goals of the organization.

Is Lean a set of tools – or a set of principles? | Pascal Dennis – Michel Baudin answers Pascal Dennis’s question regarding Lean as a set of tools or principles and why you need to learn the principles behind the tools.

Lean is Not About Principles – Jon Miller answers the question by explaining the relationship between tools and principles and whether there is one set of principles that guide us.

Improving Management with Tools and Knowledge – John Hunter says widespread and frequent use of management improvement tools is critical to creating a strong management system.

Reflecting on Waste – Bruce Hamilton explains that Ohno and Shingo together frame the technical and social sciences of what we call Lean today.

3 Recent Audience Questions on Kaizen & Continuous Improvement – Mark Graban answers 3 questions about engaging people in improvement and about how to share and spread improvement ideas broadly.

Want to Respect Your People? Share the Profits!  - Orest (Orry) Fiume shares ten elements of a successful profit-sharing plan from experience.

Ask Art: Is Lean a Strategy? – Art Bryne explains how and why Lean is strategy for exceptional  business performance.

Lean Outside of Manufacturing – Steve Kane shares the Grand Rapids Fire Department lean journey, a great example of lean outside of manufacturing.


Easier, Better, Faster, Cheaper… What’s Missing There? – Mark Graban says that safety is missing and explains why it is important to make a top priority.

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1 comment:

  1. Besides being laser focused on the many Lean tools and principles, one must also be daily focused on company directives and KPI's of S,Q,D,C,M,E in every department every associate, everyday. Then you must set the bar a higher standard ( as in ISO standards) to continue the challenges of faster,cheaper,better and not to become complacent...

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