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Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Lean Roundup #172 – September, 2023

A selection of highlighted blog posts from Lean bloggers from the month of September 2023.  You can also view the previous monthly Lean Roundups here.  


Another Tale from the Past – Mark Rosenthal shares a story that questions whether kaizen events alone, no matter how many or how quickly they were run, would actually create long-term significant change.


Highlights from GE’s “The Lean Mindset” – Katie Anderson talks about her experience attending GE’s special event called The Lean Mindset: Pursuit of Progress.


Labor Wastage Day – Bruce Hamilton discusses why we don’t have labor shortage problem; we have a persistent labor wastage problem and why it’s about time to do something about that.


Expand the View of the System to Find Ways to Improve Results – John Hunter shares an example of expanding the system view and looking at the results of the entire system it is often possible to find improvements that are not possible by only looking at “your” system.


What Makes Toxic Cultures? – Pascal Dennis discusses toxic culture that leaders create and can eliminate.


HR: The elephant in the room for psychological safety – Michel Baudin adds comments to Mark Graban’s Quality Digest column about psychological safety by focusing on the HR policies and practices.


Completing A Kaizen Event is the Beginning, Not the End of an Improvement – Steve Kane says the conclusion of a Kaizen event is not the end of an improvement; it marks the start of an ongoing journey toward excellence.


Understanding How Process Behaviour Charts Work – Christopher Chapman dives into the theory and clockworks behind Process Behaviour Charts so as to demystify how they work and to aid in creating and interpreting them more effectively.


Dos and Do Nots for KPIs – Christoph Roster discusses the three most common pitfalls are to underestimate the effort (and hence the cost) of measuring a KPI, to overestimate the accuracy of a number, and (worst of all) to believe that the numbers tell you everything.


Should You Forget About Psychological Safety? – Bob Emiliani talks about the aspects of psychological safety and what you can do about it rather then complaining about a lack of it.


Some Common Themes From the GE Lean Mindset Event’s Diversity of Backgrounds – Mark Graban shares his experience about the recent event, The Lean Mindset, organized by GE.


What Is Process Improvement, and What Are Some Best Practices? – Delancey Padmos shares the aims of process improvement and some best practices to consider.



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