Monday, October 30, 2017

Lean Roundup #101 – October, 2017


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

The Ecosystem of Culture – Mark Rosenthal says there is a lot going on behind Lean, what appears to be well understood and simple on the surface.

Lean Was a Lot Simpler Back in the Day...  - Brent Wahba discusses his thoughts on what has made transformation efforts so complicated since lean's early years.

Don’t Turn Your Performance Metrics into “Success Theater” – Mark Graban says instead of making things look good, focus on actually making things better!

The Definition of Insanity – Jon Miller says doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is not insanity, it is naive.

Power, Management, and Harassment: It’s a Cultural Problem – Johanna Rothman explains that abuse of power is a cultural problem.

Is There a Tradeoff Between Employee Morale and Productivity? - Ken Eakin shares his own take on this ages-old question often discussed in lean circles.

Why Questioning is Critical to Lean Leadership – Gregg Stocker explains some basic reasons why questioning is an effective way to teach and learn.

It's Not All About the Cash: How to Help Leadership Understand Lean's Financial Benefits – Jean Cunningham explains Lean's cost savings might not show up immediately on the income statement -- but that doesn't mean there were no cost savings!

Where Lean Has Gone Wrong & What to Do About It, Part 1 Part 2 – Pascal Dennis adds his perspective on the failures of Lean and what we need to do to succeed.

7 Tips for Building Your Lean Team – Misti Yang draws on the advice of experts and recent research to share seven insights on how to best build a Lean team.

If You React to Every Blip in the Metrics, Then Nothing is a Priority? – Mark Graban talks about how to create and effective daily management system.

There Is More To Data Than Just Numbers – Michael Baudin discusses capturing manufacturing data from other sources like text, images, and videos.

How Can Total Productive Maintenance Improve our Company’s Bottom Line? – Shmula says Total Productive Maintenance is not really new as a concept but when applied correctly, it can significantly reduce the waste an organization creates in its daily work.

How Fresh Starts Motivate Us to Keep Improving – Jon Miller explains the PDCA cycle is all about fresh starts.


Don't Start with Tools! - Craig Stritar and Mark Rosenthal say to avoid the temptation to start with tools and explain their preferred gateway to lean transformation.

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