Lean Leader Principle - Show Them Your Back
Humility, or What Does Dirt Have to Do with Lean?
The word humility is derived from the Latin word for ground, humus. The notion of ground, earth or dirt makes sense in that humility is a virtue that keeps a person from reaching beyond himself or herself.
Model Lines - Federal Government Take Note
Model lines (a.k.a. pilot) are a proven method to initiate a lean launch. The model, typically one specific "line" or value stream within a single facility or operation, provides a small, focused and controlled playground for implementing lean.
Why Bowling Charts? Trajectory Matters!
Strange name, "bowling chart," but it's a simple and powerful tool. It forces critical thinking around breakthrough objectives and facilitates typically monthly checkpoints that help drive accountability, PDCA and ultimately execution.
Don't Blindly Copy the TPS House. Build Your Own.
The Toyota Production System (TPS) "house" is the model home within the lean business system neighborhood. Its roof of highest quality, lowest cost and shortest lead time is supported by the two pillars of JIT and jidoka.
Leader Standard Work - Chock that PDCA Wheel
Recently, I added a new step to my kaizen event standard work.
Plan Vs. Actual - The Swiss Army Knife of Charts
Imagine that you were only allowed one chart (or board) at the gemba. What would you pick? What is the Swiss Army knife (I'm more of a Leatherman Multitool fan myself) of charts that gives you insight into process adherence and process performance?
Leader Standard Work Should Be...Work!
This may be a blinding flash of the obvious, but while leaders typically work hard, it’s a different type of work. Most leaders are engaged in a lot of firefighting.
How's Your Lean Conscience?
I'm guessing very few have asked that question before. Conscience is a judgment of reason by which we recognize the quality of an act before, during or after we do it.