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Monday, July 31, 2017

Lean Roundup #98 – July, 2017

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

Drive Out Fear – Ron Pereira shares a story as reminder, and warning, that no organization is exempt from the perils of fear.

Lean Manufacturing- Top 10 Lean Manufacturing Companies – Pete Abila shares a list of companies excelling at Lean manufacturing.

Change: Desire, Ability, Reason, Need, and Commitment (or That DARNCAT) – Mark Graban says nobody can force anybody else to change especially when it comes to embracing Lean or Kaizen.

Chasing perfection is killing your supply chain – Alexa Cheater says to prevent the destruction of your supply chain by one unexpected event, find the balance between improving forecast accuracy and enabling a more responsive supply chain.

All Systems Must Support Humanity – Including Lean – Pascal Dennis advocates practicing what he call the “Warm Heart Principle”: Easy on the people, hard on the process.

Ask Art: Is there a conflict between automation/IT and lean? – Art Byrne says lean and automation or IT solutions are compatible, but only if you use lean first to eliminate the waste before you leap into expensive whiz-bang solutions.

The Importance of Critical Thinking and Challenging Assumptions – John Hunter says an important factor to effectively practice management improvement ideas is a culture that encourages critical thinking as well as challenging claims, decisions and assumptions.

Should You Know Why Before You Know How? – Michel Baudin explains why up front explanations of principles are not persuasive to manufacturing professionals and the right place to start.

The State of This Restaurant’s Suggestion Box Didn’t Really Surprise Me Much – Mark Graban discusses the flaws with suggestion boxes and shares an alternative approach, kaizen.

The Horse, the Carriage and the Carriage Fee – Jon Miller uses a common idiom/proverb to talk about customer focused improvement and eliminating waste.

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