Ambiguous Visual Controls: Caution! Possible Scalding

Review of Lead with Respect by Freddy & Michael Ballé

Why is "What is Lean?" 'A Simple Question Without An Easy Answer'?

Visit the New Kaizen Institute Blog

Update: 2014 Kaizen Tours Schedule (Japan & Europe)

Review of Value Stream Mapping by Karen Martin & Mike Osterling

Review of Humble Inquiry by Edgar Schein

What does 'right first time' mean in an R&D environment?

Why the Only Way to Think is Long-term

Lean Gurus Womack, Jones & Shook in 70-minute Video

Process, Results & the Anti-Portfolio

Gemba Online Learning Content Update & Promotion

How to Engage People

Help Us Improve How We Improve Culture

It's So Good Because It's So Mutual

Meet Online Training Rock Star Ron Pereira in Toronto Oct. 22-24

Video: Kaizen Leads to Lean, and Lean Leads to Green

What Culture Supports a Lean Startup Approach?

Process, Result and Value for the Community

Kaizen Song: Come All You A3 Thinkers

The Man Who Saved Kaizen

OH NO You Didn't Really Say That!

8 More Lean Concept Clarifications

The Great A3 Thinking Fallacy

Speaking at Lean HR Summit Oct. 1-2 in Orlando

Mercury Marine Video: 8-minute Lean Manufacturing Wake-up Call

Why Organizational Culture is a Monster

The ABCs of Organizational Culture

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Artifacts of Cultural Assumptions

Why Workarounds Happen

Table of Contents for Creating a Kaizen Culture

Standard Work for Astronauts

The Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen

Contradiction in Terms? Lean Buffet

Coming Soon to Bookstores: Creating a Kaizen Culture

Review of Conversational Capacity by Craig Weber

George and the Amazing One-piece Flow Meal Truck

Kaizen Benchmark Tour in Austria: June 26-27, 2013

Kaizen in Logistics and Supply Chains

Review of Perfecting Patient Journeys

Is it Worth the Time to Kaizen This?

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Stamping Out Taxi Sheep Abandonment

Gemba Academy Anniversary Promotion: Ending Soon

The Three Rules for Rules

Heard on the Gemba: We Are Great Problem Solvers, But...

Lean Leadership Lessons from Costco Wholesale

Thomas Huxley Quotes on Managing by Fact

Kaizen, Japan and Achilles' Heel in Reverse

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Labeling Confusion

Review of The Laws of Subtraction by Matthew May

Lean Leader Arrives at the Top of China

Ambiguous Visual Controls: No Dogs Allowed

The Kaizen Way for Resolutions

Plain-spoken Interview with Masaaki Imai

Following the Muri Mura Strategy

Challenging "Challenge" within the Toyota Way

The First Emperor of China Followed the Toyota Way?

Panta Rei

Masaaki Imai Lecture & Book Signing, 28 Nov. Lyon, France

Retail Values for Lean Leadership

The Best Kaizen is Still Better Kaizen

The Global Food Waste Scandal

Kaizen Institute Germany Recognized with Top Consultant Award

Visualizing the Benefit of Small Improvement Steps

Kaizen Song: Writing Solid Problem Statements

Kaizen Tour Switzerland October 23-24, 2012

Innovation is Nothing but ECRS

Executive Master of Business Operational Excellence

Hack Days, 20% Time and Kaizen Events

Hoshin Kanri as Both Strategy and Meta-strategy

Five Key Change Lessons from Poor Economics by Banerjee and Duflo

Remove Waste, Uncover Individual Human Beings

The Neglected Art and Science of Organization (re)Design

World Peace through 5S

Placing a Popular Taiichi Ohno Quote in Context

Kaizen Transformation Update from Procon Engineering

Go to Gembanana

Lean Healthcare Event with Masaaki Imai - 2 Weeks to Go!

Where is Your Suggestion Box?

How is PDCA Inimical to Innovation?

How to do Hansei

Knowledge Work Kaizen Webinar: Free Viewing Until May 15th

How to Tell if a Visual Control is Working

Humans Wanted for Lean Journey. Small Wages, Bitter Cold, Constant Danger...

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Prehistoric Shark Attack Evacuation Plan

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Never stay in rooms 601-617

Video: A Day in the Life of a Lean Supervisor

Yet More Musings on Muda

Only Two Days Left! Gemba Academy DVD Promotion

Review of The Lean Startup by Eric Ries

Lean, Bias, Impartiality and Justness

Gemba Academy Releases KANBAN Course

Masaaki Imai Remembers Taiichi Ohno

Lean Retail Exercise: "Not My Job" Edition

Building Excellent Systems: Top-down or Bottom-up?

Free Webinar: Daily Standards for the Lean Supervisor

2-day Visual Management Workshop at VIBCO

Consumption Rate, Replenishment Time, SWIP and Why Glaciers Need Love

10 Rules for Good Gemba Walks

Kanban: the Art of the Japanese Shop Sign

Leaning Into 2012

The 5th Myth about the Respect for People Principle

Kaizen and the Moisture Content of Fabrics

Live Seminar: Built-in Quality, Dallas - Dec. 5, 2011

Review of Moving Forward Faster by Bob Emiliani

Batch Answers to Reader Questions

Free Webinar "Continuous Improvement" Dec. 7, 2011

Management Improvement Carnival #149

Kitchen Jidoka: Low Cost Automation Example

Free On-site Lean Diagnostic from Kaizen Institute UK

Free Visual Management Webinar - November 17, 2011

Visual Management and Glass Walls

Hoshin Planning - New Online Course from Gemba Academy

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Ignage

Monitoring Agency Revises Date for Peak Lean

Blog Action Day: Food and a Lean Culture Change

Success Made Humble

13 Questions to Assess Lean Competence in an Organization

U.S. Capitol Airport Namesake Rolls in Grave

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Airport Hotel Edition

Snowflakes, Structural Collapse and the Simplification of Lean

With New Technology, Where Should We Go?

The Importance of Thinking About the Box

Designing Better Hospitals with 3P: Video

Junaid's Learning from a TPM Workshop

Lean Government Example: Defect Display Board

Knowledge Workers Stand Up for a Healthier Workplace

The 6T of Daily Kaizen from a Cafeteria in China

Lean: A Life of Mistakes by Cynical, Unreasonable People

Respect for Humanity, Now in 3D!

Ambiguous Visual Controls in the Park

Questioning the Value of the P-Value

7 Amish Habits to Make You Lean and Wealthy

The New Math of Daily Kaizen

Video Interview with Massaki Imai, Kaizen Pioneer

Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan - Getting Lean

The Importance of Being Columbo

The COPQ Iceberg

Dunbar's Number, Span of Control and Lean Organization Design

Kaizen Stories from Masaaki Imai

Suggestion Box Visual Mistake Proofing

Understanding Lean through a Systems Theory of Safety

Lean Maturity and the Four Stages of Competence

Total Flow Management Training in Shanghai June 23-24, 2011

Three Requirements for Managing by Fact

Why You Should Go See for Yourself

Something to Lighten Your Day

Gemba Academy Releases Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) Video

The Ambiguity Deepens...

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Too Much Information

6 Principles for Rebuilding Industry

Hearing Taiichi Ohno's Voice

Review of Total Flow Management by Euclides Coimbra

Lean Leadership Lessons from Lantech (video)

How to Do Yokoten

Leader Standard Work Overview Video

Don't Hate the Player, Hate the Game

Kaizen Song: So What

Insights from McKinsey Interview with Bombardier CEO Pierre Beaudoin

Spring Training with Kaizen Institute

Celebrating 2 Years of Gemba Academy

Room Service Menus Gone Bad

Where Excellence Fears to Tread

Lean Consulting, Packaging and the Slow Path to Success

Upcoming Lean Seminars and Training Events

The True Meaning of Zen

The Importance of Metering the Smallest Losses

Why Don't We See More QC Circles?

Intel Volunteers Apply Lean Principles to Food Bank

3rd Annual Management Blog Review 2 of 2: The Lean Thinker

We Need Less FAKE Lean, More FAIL Lean

3rd Annual Management Blog Review 1 of 2: DailyKaizen

The Only Type of Kaizen is Daily Kaizen

Ambiguous Visual Controls: KEEP RED OFF LINE

Tools are Worthless, but Tooling is Everything

A New Year, a New Gemba

Making Things is Not About Making Things

You Can Keep The American Innovator on the Air

Who is Responsible?

11 Lean Strategy Insights from the Mind of Art Byrne

7 Ways to Keep Kaizen Going after Years of Progress

The Four Pillars of Built in Quality

Three Types of Standardized Work

One Man's Trash

How to Drive Fear and Inaction Out of Organizations

Lead with Just the Power of Ideas

Assessing "Respect for People" on a Gemba Walk

Gemba Academy Free DVDs Promotion

FastCap Lean Tour: "Do Kaizen First" Every Day

Three Things to Check During a Gemba Walk

Effective Visual Controls and the Minimum Noticeable Difference

The Non-Standard Semantics of Standardization

Lean Office Evolution: the Presidential Desk

Six Degrees of Taiichi Ohno

The Smallest Steps Towards Quality Improvement

Practical Pokayoke: Preventing Phone Charger Loss

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Lost in the Supermarket

Blog Action Day: Water

Waste Rules the Empty Spaces Between Us

10 Mistakes in Starting Lean Enterprise Transformations

Wasting Time in 3 Billion Meetings

The Engine, the Oil and the Fuel

Gemba Academy Releases Online Kaizen Course

Shifting Care to the Front Line

Bring on the Learning Revolution!

Thank You for Saving Energy

Lean Thinking and The Little Prince

Cross Training, the Johari Window and Kaizen

Is Too Much Money Worse than Too Little?

Stealing the 7 Secrets of Toyota's Business Success

Possibly the Worst Ever Use of a Suggestion Box

Bridging the Knowing-Doing Gap

How to Sustain a Lean Culture after 10 Years

Still Learning the Meaning of Cleaning

Energy Savings Kaizen: Switch on to Use

Lean Manufacturing and the Brain

Here It Comes, the Lean Burrito!

Why Salmon Would Fail at Hoshin Kanri

Leaders Pull

8 Reasons to Love Kaizen Events

5 Ways the Obeya (Big Room) Increases Profit

Are People Your Greatest Asset?

How to Design a Lean Operation at a One Day Takt

What's Next for Lean?

Lean U.S. Senator Candidate Launches

The Pros and Cons of Paced Conveyor Lines

Toyota Production System and the Three Dharma Seals

Seven Success Secrets of Small Teams

Management Improvement Carnival #106

How to Motivate Front Line Workers

Wrong on So Many Levels

Quadrillions of Dollars in Savings?

The Purpose of Lean

The Importance of the Storefront in Lean Manufacturing

New Video Training for the 7 QC (Quality Control) Tools

Lean Salon in Shanghai: The Role of Leaders in Creating a Lean Culture

Kaizen Song: (SWIP Can't Be) Zero

Igor Stravinsky Agrees: Standards Enable Creativity

Toyota Turns the Clock Back a Decade to Improve Quality

Visualizing the Water Level

Andon Systems in a Land Where Red Means Go

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Donut Shop Edition

Red Flags in Ronak's Kaizen Plan

Summer Seminars in Shanghai

PDCA, Hoshin Planning and the Making of Ice Cream

The Power of Everyday Frontline Employee-Driven Innovation

The 12 Herculean Labors of Lean Leaders

The Illustrated Toyota Production System, Vol. 2

Toyota to Reduce Span of Control in Engineering

Ten Three Lean: Send Paul Akers to Washington D.C.

An Up Close Look at a Toyota Assembly Line

21 Questions to Ask When Walking the Model Line, Part 2

21 Questions to Ask When Walking the Model Line, Part 1

Leaders Who Think Across Silos

Good Fortune Deceives, but Bad Fortune Enlightens

Enhancing Total Management Commitment

Fake Lean and the Spotting Thereof

The Fine Print About Lean Transformations

The Original Kamishibai

Review of Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream

Toyota Partnering with Tesla

How to Set Span of Control for Leaders

Where Old Dogmas Go to Die

Never Start with 5S!

The Will, the Willow and the Frog

An Infinite Number of Solutions...

Three Questions about Standardized Work in the Office

What to Do When Your Lean Implementation is Like a Chicken

Lean Nation Radio Show Features Ron Pereira

The Necessity of Redundancy

A Tracking Method for 5S Programs

Ten Tips for Better Facilitation

Brad Schmidt from Gemba on The American Innovator Radio Show

My Suggestion to Improve Long Beach Airport

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Waste Please

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

Five Most Terrifying Words for a Lean Thinker

The Business Complexity Accelerator at Toyota

How to Scold Like a Kaizen Sensei

10,999,950 More Reasons to Think "Yes We Can"

National Public Radio to Feature Lean Thinking and NUMMI

The Three Indispensable Qualities of a Lean Leader

There is No Such Thing as Sustainability

Kaizen Song: Change Agents

When to Shift from "Why?" to "How?"

Run is to Milk as Spider is to...

What You May be Missing About 5S

Gemba Academy Anniversary Promotion: DVDs at No Extra Cost

Peter Drucker's Impact on Lean Thinking

The Morning Improvement Walk

Checking the Plan: Toyota Way 2001

The Wisdom within the Experience

Senate Candidate Paul Akers Preaches Lean on Fox News

Questions About A3 Problem Solving

His Name is on Every Car

5S Gone Wild

Review of A Fine Line by Hartmut Esslinger

Excerpts from An Interview with Taiichi Ohno, July 16, 1984

Kaizen Goes Kaput? Not So Fast

Gemba Research Office Layout Kaizen #11

Lean Thinker Paul Akers Enters U.S. Senate Race

How to Make Time for Kaizen

Chris Collins Leads Lean Six Sigma in Erie County Government

Japan Lean Trip Report: It's Like a Dream!

We Learn Nothing from History

What Lean is Not and Never Will Be

Former Toyota Quality Manager's Thoughts on Historic Recall

Seven Sayings for Successful Continuous Improvement

Lean Leader Joins Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation

LEI Brings the Healthcare Gemba to You, Virtually

Review of Work the System by Sam Carpenter

Talking About a Lean Revolution

Building Lean Awareness Worldwide, and a Geography Lesson

TPS Jargon Check: What is the Meaning of Yosedome?

The Dirty Secret of Science

Lean Radio: Tune Into The American Innovator

Five Change Management Errors that Make You Wish You'd Read this Article Sooner

What's the ROI of a 5S Program?

Agile Kanban Journal Day 200: Small is Beautiful

Introducing Paul Akers: Lean Thinker, American Innovator and True Original

Gemba Academy Lean Training Package Now on DVD

Lean Product Design, 3P and Nature's Greatest Engineers

Knowing When to Stop: More TPS & the Tao

Top 7 Behaviors to Change in 2010

How to Write an Arbitrary Dividing Point in Time Resolution

2009 Carnival of Lean Blogs

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Invisible Inventory Management

The Correct Sequence for Implementing Lean Systems

Are You a Million Method Man?

Declutter with 5S in 20 Minutes Per Day?

How to Use Lean to Achieve Bottom Line Results

Holiday Discounts at the Lean Enterprise Institute (LEI) Store

Now in Paperback: Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management

The Positive Tension Between SMART and Stretch Goals

The Path, the Traveler and the Destination

The Advantages of A1 Thinking Over A3 Thinking

Review of The Lean Manager by Michael Balle and Freddy Balle

Management Improvement Carnival #83

How to Build the Road Warrior's Stand Up Desk

Cross Training in a One Piece Flow Cell

How to Stop and Fix in a Stationary Process

Looking for Evidence of PDCA

No Excuses, Respect for People and Finishing Strong

Made Up Lean Enterprise Statistics

Scientific Management 2.0

The Kipling Method vs. the Ohno Method

The 5 Universal Laws of Gemba Management

Green Manufacturing Tour of Toyota Tsutsumi

Who Sets the Standard?

Skitt's Law Applied to Kaizen

MBWA: Management by Watching the Actual

Brilliant Value Stream Mapping Icon Fonts

What Would Newt Gingrich do with American Health Care?

Blog Action Day: Climate Change

Taiichi Ohno Video on Youtube

Words of Taiichi Ohno Sensei: Kaizen by Inspiration is Not Kaizen

Seven Essential Qualities of a Lean Leader

Online Training for Quick Changeover and SMED

Aquatic Life Forms and the Lean Organization

How to Use 5S to Manage Kaizen

A Tortoise and a Hare Get Into a Potato Sack...

How to Be Lean in a Batch Production Industry

Toyota-style Problem Solving, Step 7: Check Both Process and Results

The Wizard of Oz School of Lean

Genchi Genbutsu on the Retail Floor

Three Risks of Implementing Lean without Policy Deployment

The e-mail gemba

What is Kaizen? The Little Gear

Important Lessons in Kaizen from A Different Kind of Map

Energy Treasure Hunt at the Grocery Store

Bad News from MIT for the PDCA Cycle?

YouTube: Lean Energy Treasure Hunts at GE

The Lean Energy Treasure Hunt

Agnosia: Losing the Ability to See the Obvious

Thedacare CEO Talks TPS in Healthcare on Fox News

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Come Closer. No, stay Away!

Lean Thinker Interview with Chris Schrandt

Review of Toyota Supply Chain Management by Iyer, Seshadri and Vasher

Why Should I Mark My Cupboards!?

Ambiguous Visual Controls... this one's pretty clear actually

5S Guidelines for the Office

One Point Lesson: Takt Image

Management Improvement Carnival #72

What Can Lean Do for the Healthcare Business Office?

The Harmony of Discipline and Creativity

The Lean Buzz at Starbucks

Value Stream Management: Evidence on the Parking Lot

Ask Gemba: Volume and Variability in Demand Segmentation

Queuing Kaizen at Southwest Airlines

I'll Take My Lean with Water, On the Rocks

Kaizen Song: Hold On 'Til You See (the Downstream Pull)

Agile Kanban Journal Day 30: Show the Flow!

Three Hoshin Habits for Effective Execution

Value Added Percentage Question

The 1950s Movie Guide to Lean Service

When Automation is Stupid

How do You Say "'No problem,' is a Problem." in Romanian?

The Power of U

One Point Lesson: Kamishibai

Boeing Gets a Grip

Saluting NUMMI

Agile Kanban Journal Day 8: Do We Need a "Done" Column?

Seeking: Checklist for a Sense of Urgency

The Funny Thing About Waste

Agile Kanban Journal: Kaizens on Day 1

Trying Out My Agile Kanban Board

The Amazing Adventures of Kanban

There is No Such Thing as Wasteful Work

Free Gemba Academy Video: The 7 Deadly Wastes

Review of Follow the Learner by Dr. Sami Bahri, DDS

How to Engage People in Kaizen

An End of an Era for the Lean Community?

What is the Role of a Kaizen Promotion Officer?

9 Ways to Struggle at Hoshin Kanri

Ambiguous Visual Controls: This is Elite Access

Tsurube System: How to Flow through Shared or Batch Equipment

5S Red Tag Event for this Website

8 Ways to Get Total Involvement

One-point Lesson: One-point Lesson

A GPS for the TPS

Are Holidays Batch Processing?

The Lean System is Making the Most of What You've Got

Taiichi Ohno Quote of the Day: My First Move

Leader Standard Work and Material Control

The Drop, the Bucket and Continuous Improvement

The A3 Thinking Blog

Visual Management Resource for Lean Hospitals

Ask Gemba: Nuts and Bolts of the Andon System

Go See the Visual Management Blog

All Aboard the Kaizen Express!

12 Leader Standard Work Questions to Ask on the Gemba

Plan Do Czech Act

President Obama Wants a Lean and Mean US Auto Industry

Corporate Models of the Future (with bonus Ohno Circle exercise!)

Happiness the Kaizen Way

How Do Lean Processes Prevent Human Error?

Kaizen Exercise: Stand in the Circle

Ask Gemba: Do We Need the 4th and 5th S?

10 Things the Amish Can Teach Toyota Leadership

Accountability for Continuous Improvement

Gemba Academy Preview: Calculating Takt Time

An Electrically Delicious Lesson on Kaizen

Should Cross-trained Workers be Paid More?

5S Overview Video

Kaizen and the Art of Elephant Eating

"Lean Factories Find It Hard to Cut Jobs"

Ambiguous Visual Controls: When Words Aren't Necessary

Lighting a Candle for Energy Sustainability

What's All the Fuss About A3 Thinking?

Porque é que esta água fria?

Guest Post: Should You Display Standardised Work Sheets at the Workstation?

Free Video: The 10 Commandments of Continuous Improvement

Taiichi Ohno's Three Lessons for the New Toyota President

The US Air Force Discovers TBP: How's it Working Out?

Drive and Dedication Power the TBP Process

TBP: Toyota Business Practice

Edwards Deming, Supply Chain Visionary?

A Question About Kaizen

Guest Post: Daily Lean Marketing Speech

Free Introduction to Lean Manufacturing Video

10 Ways that Kaizen Develops Better Leaders

7 Ways to Reduce Energy Cost

The Lean Workplace as Classroom

Where Did Value Stream Mapping Come From?

Celebrating Over 500 Years of Lean Thinking

The Top 10 Titans of TPS

Don't Touch the Fish. Because...

Kaizen Skills of an Operations Leader

3 More Practical Ways to Show Respect for Humanity

How to Arrive at the Vital Few

The Correct Sequence for Doing 5S?

10 Ways the USPS Can Become a True Economic Engine

Finding Time Values for Standard Work

How to Stretch 90 Second of Work to 2,700 Seconds

5 Why? vs. Why Not?

Lesson for Toyota from the Classics: the Cost of Victory

Ask Gemba: World Class Direct to Indirect Labor Ratio?

Digital Factory Visualization System from Panasonic: Mixed Feelings

What Did You Improve Today? If Not, Why?

The Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 2 Pt.1

Further Reflections on Standard Work

5 Ways Google Can Avoid Eliminating 100 Jobs

Conveyance is the Shadow of Information

SNED - Single Night Exchange of Domiciles?

Live Like Einstein, Operate Like Toyota

The Essential Lean Blogosphere of 2008

The Toyota Production System by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 1

Hospital Improves Patient Flow: 90% Seen in Under 60 Minutes

Planning for One Piece Flow Cells

Virtual Factory Tours on YouTube

Ask Gemba

5 Ways to Boost Kaizen Consciousness in 2009

HP Printer Pokayoke Example

Yaruki: The Will to Win Even in Tough Times

9 Surprises for U.S. Manufacturing in 2009

Let's Do Kaizen, Not Kaizan

Answers to Lean Thinking Crossword Puzzle #1

Lean Thinking Crossword Puzzle #1

Field Report from Gemba Tour #62, Part 4

Field Report from Gemba Tour #62, Part 3

Field Report from Gemba Tour #62, Part 2

Field Report from Gemba Tour #62, Part 1

If Blame Helped Solve Problems...


PDCA is About Not Telling Lies

With Competitors Like These, Who Needs a Winning Business Strategy?

It's a Lousy Time to Implement Lean

The Big 3 Must Follow in Toyota's Footsteps to Survive

Ambiguous Visual Controls: This Way is Up

Pyramid Inspire our Lean Transformations

Goat Karma: Today's Most Unexpected Thing

The Future of Kaizen at Toyota is Epic

Workforce Training is Not a Quality Management System

7 Leadership Lessons from a Mountain Goat

Act Small, Think Big

Office 5S Video: Too Much or Too Little?

The Spooky Resemblance of GM, Ford and Chrysler to Zombies

What Tool of Lean Manufacturing Do You Use First?

System Toyota Of Production: TPS or STOP?

Is Mean Lean Better than No Lean?

Asking for Change

13 Lean Leadership Lessons from Dwight D. Eisenhower

Winners of Lean Hospital Books

Part 3 of Q&A with Mark Graban, Author of Lean Hospitals

Part 2 of Q&A with Mark Graban, Author of Lean Hospitals

Defragmentation, Lean Systems and Putting Back Things Where They Belong

Part 1 of Q&A with Mark Graban, Author of Lean Hospitals

Q&A with Mark Graban, Author of Lean Hospitals

Jeffrety Gitomer Tears a Few Pages from Toyota's Playbook

Use Only Reliable, Thoroughly Tested Means

Get Out of Here with that Stop Watch!

The "3 Mu" of Lean Design

Taking Changeover Time into Account for Takt Time Calculation

Actual Takt Time is Planned Takt Time, Actually

The Seven Grand Challenges for Supply and Spend Management in the Next 25 Years

The PIT Factor in Change Management

Do You Want to Go Far or Go Fast on Your Lean Journey?

5 Things I am Still Learning about Lean Manufacturing

How to Measure Knowledge Worker Productivity, Part 3

Lean Manufacturing in One Word

The 7 Creativity Tools for When You are Stuck

Questions Raised by Voluntary Kaizen Policy at Toyota

How to Measure Knowledge Worker Productivity, Part 1

Small Teams Enable Kaizen and TPS

Reading Henry Ford's My Life and Work

5 Seemingly Innocent Questions You Never Want to Hear in a Lean Deployment

Toyota's Mom & Pop Suppliers Feel CCC21 Squeeze

The Wedge is the Simplest of Tools

The Hard Sell for Cells

Oh Noes! Boeing Haz Supply Chain Woes?

Learning from Things that Didn't Work

Toyota's Top Engineer on How to Develop Thinking People

The 5W1H of 5 Why

Ambiguous Visual Controls: Stop on Green

The Lean Journey and the Long Path

Three Ways to Draw Future State Value Stream Maps

We Do Not Make What We Do Not Sell: No More Trucks in Indiana

Kaizen Song: Mr. Pareto

Is it Kaizen or Just Good Management?

The Leisure to do Kaizen

Kaizen: Do What You Can Do Today

Ambiguous Visual Controls: No Running in the Airplane

Jedi Kaizen: Is the Force with You?

Genjitsu: The Only Reality

Continuous Improvement vs. Continual Improvement

Ambiguous Visual Controls: It Is OK to Rest Against Window

Why I Love $7.41 per Gallon Gasoline

Definitely Not the Pull System: Anderson Cooper 360

Toyota's Secret to Kaizen Success: Unpaid OT?

What You Find on the Floor Tells You a Lot

Overheard in Amsterdam: I Just Want the #$%@ to Clean Things Up

True Work, Apparent Work and Busywork

Calisthenics, Kaizen and Your Daily Stretch

Where does the time go?

Endless Meetings Speed Up the Pace of Change on the Gemba

Lean Strategies for Workforce Development in Manufacturing

Boeing Volunteers Helping Non-profits with Lean

You Can't Steal What is Shared Freely

Built in Quality Means Having Your Cake But Not Eating It

Guest Post: Takt Time Competition

Henry Ford Learned from Sears & Roebuck?

A Lean Enterprise Transformation is Like a Marathon

How Many Times Do You Pull the Andon Cord Each Day?

Another Way of Learning to See

The Secret of TPS

Kaizen and the Way of the Ninja

Kaizen Photos! Now Help Me Write this Blog Entry

A Few More Kaizen Ideas Involving Tennis Balls

101 Kaizen Templates: Workplace 5S Audit Sheet

101 Kaizen Templates: PWINT Kaizen Worksheet

Improving Healthcare Delivery by Studying Toyota

The Week in Lean Blogging: Wk. 11, 2008

101 Kaizen Templates: Production Control Board

Fixed Position Stop System

Visual Management that Doesn't Really Satisfy

101 Kaizen Templates: Kaizen Newspaper

Considerations on Maintaining the Fairness of Kaizen Ideas Reward Systems

Key Points for Managing Kaizen Idea Systems

101 Kaizen Templates: Kaizen Idea Suggestion Form

Three Essential Supervisor Skills for Standard Work

101 Kaizen Templates: Lean Leadership Self Check

101 Kaizen Templates: Daily Hansei Sheet (Pluses & Deltas)

Is Lean a Superstition?

101 Kaizen Templates: Motion Economy Chart

The Seven Steps to Zero Thinking

101 Kaizen Templates: Spaghetti Diagram

Kaizen Your Life with the Ten Lessons for Good Health

101 Kaizen Templates: Changeover Analysis

Management by Kaizen Events

101 Kaizen Templates: Takt Time Calculator

Exploring the "Respect for People" Principle of the Toyota Way

The Secret Lives of Toyota Term Employees, Episode 6

Breaking Down Barriers to Continuous Flow

Sustainability, the New Buzzword. But Is It Sustainable?

101 Kaizen Templates: ECRS Worksheet

What Can We Learn from Boeing's Lean Supply Chain Stumbles?

16 More Ways to See Motion Waste when Standing in the Circle

101 Kaizen Templates: Minor Motion Analysis

Lay First the Foundation of Humility

The Pros and Cons of Model Lines for Lean Implementation

101 Kaizen Templates: Safety Calendar

101 Kaizen Templates: Stand in the Circle

The Secret Lives of Toyota Term Employees, Episode 5

101 Kaizen Templates: The Checklist

The Cadence of Kaizen

How to Sustain Kaizen? Follow Up with the Tenacity of the Terminator

Comments on Toyota President Watanabe's New Year's Greeting

101 Kaizen Templates

Tap Your Breaks Early and Often to Keep Work Flowing

Lean Management Means Shifting from PPT to PPS

Lean Enterprise Rules of Three

The Secret Lives of Toyota Term Employees, Episode 4

Start Simple, Go Back to Basics, Repeat

Toyota's Suggestion System: 56 Years and Still Going Strong

Lean Journey Advice from an Optimistic Hungarian Scientist

Direct Instruction, Standardized Work and Kaizen

Sensei and Sensibility

Muri, Hubris and the Laws of Proportion

Five Questions to Ask When You Hear "We're too busy for Lean"

What I Learned About TPS from Ratatouille

Jim Womack Interview in IndustryWeek - Nation Full fo Kaizen Consultants

The Three Habits Required for Built in Quality (Jidoka)

Four Things to Do Before Letting the Lean Consultants in the Door

A3 Problem Solving as a People Development Process

Management by FACTS!!

Top 10 Problems with Problem Statements

What is the Standard?

Free Videos on Lean Healthcare, Toyota Production System

Three of the Lessons Learned from Gemba's 2007 Hoshin Kanri

Why a Kaizen Newspaper is Called a Kaizen Newspaper

Thank You, Thank You, Sam-I-Am

Stumbling on the Lesser Category of Obstacles

Do You Understand the System of Profound Knowledge?

Seeing Problems for What they Are, Or Lean Insights from G.K. Chesterton

Alignment of People, Process and Purpose

Steelcase to Bring Lean Office to China?

Top 10 Lean Education Mistakes (and a Few Recommendations)

Lean Specialists, Lean Generalists and the Benefit of Half-Persons

The Open Office Comes to Silicon Valley

The First Step to Kaizen the Environment: Problem Awareness

Highlights from Lean Manufacturing Journey to the West

Guidelines for Continuous Moving Lines

Things to Leave Behind When Jumping Out of Airplanes

The Challenge of Lean Human Resource Development, and A Modest Proposal

Questions About Lean Manufacturing in China

Kaizen Song: Kits

Prioritizing the Elimination of the 7 Types of Waste

Ten Topics for Hansei After Kaizen Event

One Person, One Piece Flow

Work is Love Made Visible

Top 10 Success Factors for 5S

11 Ways to Improve Customer Service

Something Lacking in the TPS House

Gary Convis on the Role of Management in Lean Manufacturing

We Live in a Pull Universe

This Too is a Kanban

How the Skill Matrix Enables Downstream Pull

Push, Pull, Paper Clips & Problem Solving

Keep Your Kanban Cards Close to Your Genbutsu

The Push vs. Pull Diversion Diversion

The Secret Lives of Toyota Term Employees, Episode 3

What Are You Building?

Change Leadership, Not Change Management

Awareness of a Problem Does Not Mean Much

Hope for Chrysler

Job Breakdown Sheets for Teaching TPS

The Secret Lives of Toyota Term Employees, Episode 2

Kaizen Song: It's a Long Way to the Top (Teaching Takt, Flow, Pull)

Getting Started with Lean in the Office

Autonomous Maintenance in the Office

Lean Sigma Supply Chain

Top 10 Books on Lean Thinking

The Toyota Production System is Practice, Not Theory

Why You Need A Tatakidai

The Secret Lives of Toyota Term Employees, Episode 1

Target, Actual, Please Explain

Kaizen Song: We Demand Visual Controls

Is Your Lean Deployment "Made to Stick?"

The Essence of Shop Floor Management

Is the Theory of Constraints (TOC) a Theory?

45 Ways to Strengthen Kaizen Habits

Road Trips, Bad Directions & Going to Gemba

5S Know How from the Last Century

A Bureaucracy Which Enables Kaizen

Newt Gingrich Wants to Kaizen the U.S.A.

Toyota Production System Applied to Software Development

Three Key Points to Kaizen Your Communication

Tell Us Your Lean Failure Stories

Chrysler's (Lean?) Six Sigma Future

New & Improved Free Skill Matrix Template (v. 7.31.07)

Is IT the Key to Improving Healthcare Quality and Efficiency?

Why Is Your Lean Effort Failing?

The Importance of "So What?" in A3 Kaizen

A Closed Mitt and an Open Mind

Free Skill Matrix Template

TPS & the Tao

A Kaizen Team's Secret Ingredient: Negative People

Kaizen Song: Downstream Pull

There is No Honor in Muri

Lean for Airports (Dare to Dream...)

Challenge, Kaizen, Genchi Genbutsu, Respect, Teamwork

12 Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. to Inspire Change

Q&A During a Recent Gemba Walk

Is Michael Moore a Lean Thinker?

Top 10 Improvement Tools Named After Lean Sensei

New Metric for Lean Leadership: MTBFTFTBF

Three More Ways to Increase Personal Productivity through 5S

Toyota Production System A to Z

Your Lizard Brain Wants to Help You Be Lean

Intuition, Information and the Toyota Production System

The Apple iPhone Experience is Not Lean Consumption

Standard Work for the CEO

The Secret to Calculating Takt Time in Your Head, Fast

Taiichi Ohno's Revolution of Awareness

10 Common Misconceptions About Lean Manufacturing

This Week in Kaizen (Wk #25, 2007)

How Many Ways Can You Do Kaizen at Your Company?

What Does the Observer Have to Do with the Observed?

Job Instruction for Lean Transformation Leaders

Half of the intel in Google is wasted

Want to Learn Kaizen? Forget About It

A Standard Way of Starting Your Day

The Top 10 Suggestion System Stumbles and How to Avoid Them

Putting the Zen Back in Kaizen

Kaizen Song: Hey, Juneka

How to Reduce the Distance Between Management and Gemba

Three Mini Reviews of Lean Books

Lean in Japan, Or Not

How to Get Your Time Back

Kaizen of the Month for May 2007: Windows Hack *or* Chopping Away at the Six Big Losses

Habituation , Sensitization and Being Yelled At By Taiichi Ohno

How Does Lean Thinking Apply to Strategy?

Medicare May Stop Paying for Hospital Errors

Toyota Number One in the World... in Recalls?

Do Kaizen Like Toyota

Announcing the 5S Challenge Winners!

Lean Manufacturing by the Numbers

About this Blog

Zero Equals Seven in the Kaizen Mind

To KPO or Not to KPO?

5S Challenge: Which S Is Most Difficult and Why?

Will the Real TPS Sensei Please Stand Up?

Seven Ideas Towards a Healing Workplace

Five Lean Ideas to Reduce Hotel Energy Waste

100% Dissatisfaction is Our Goal

Standards, Abnormality and the Ideal

Warusa Kagen is a Revolution of Awareness

We Are Now Shipping Taiichi Ohno's Workplace Management

Seek the Simple Solution from Many People

Wisconsin Continues to Lead in Lean Government

How to Use a Kaizen Newspaper

Lean Sourcing: The Top Three

Theme Blogging Week: Lean Sourcing

Building Quality Into the Teaching of Medicine

Ten Reasons Why One Piece Flow Will Not Work

What Would You Do If You Had No __?

The Best Visual Control in the World

A3 Report Title: PICK UP YOUR TOYS!!

Thank You

Review of The Elegant Solution by Matthew E. May

What I Learned Today of Value

A Fairly Lean Healthcare Experience

Layoffs, Strategy and the Bimodal Hump

How to Get What You Want in Four Easy Steps

Skill Matrix Tutorial, Part 1

Is Zero Defects Possible?

The Largest Room in the World

Why So Much Confusion About Kanban?

The Value of Figuring It Out for Yourself

White Space Muda

The Art of Nemawashi

Twelve Reasons to Tell Customers About Your Lean Manufacturing Efforts

Here are 4.5 Signs that Your Lean May be L.A.M.E.

Work in Process in Knowledge Work

Safety Glasses Are a Sign of Unsafe Processes

Reading Lean for Dummies

The Kaizen Mindset Requires Starting with Scarcity

Nine Rules for Fighting Endless Meetings

Taking the Toyota Production System to City Hall

Lean for People of Average Intelligence

The War On Waste

Quick Changeover and SMED for the Office

The 5 Why Questions, Like All Roads, Lead to Rome

Build a Workplace You Can Be Proud Of

Give Me 60 Minutes and I'll Give You a Lean Transformation

How Do You Sustain Improvement?

Lean Culture in a Temporary Workforce

Top 5 Things I've Never Heard from a Kaizen Team Member

How Much Should We Pay for Kaizen Ideas?

Scott County Schools Trying Out the Toyota Way

Genchi Gembutsu at the Starbucks Coffee Company

The Seven Habits of Toyota People

Lean Six Sigma is Not Lean

Let's Establish a Waste and Efficiency Tip Line... and then Another One

Getting the CEO on a Kaizen Team is Like Pulling Teeth

The Trouble with Exploring "all options" at Chrysler

Not Enough "Toyota Way" in Factory Air?

Toyota Rebrands in Canada

Standard Work Needed for Use of Windows

Rarely Has Ranting Been This Good

Building a Lean Video Library

How to Calculate Standard Work in Process (SWIP) Quantity

The Toyota Way is Doing Obvious Things

We Made Someone at Toyota Headquarters Unhappy

How to Motivate People to Change, Part 3

How to Motivate People to Change, Part 2

How to Motivate People to Change, Part 1

Toyota Production System Implementation at Japan Post, Year 4

Free Scholarship at the Lean Six Sigma Academy

Kaizen of the Month at Gemba, December 2006

Lean Manufacturing: A Five-Year Fix?

Japan Kaikaku Experience Field Report, January 2007

TPS Kids

Toyota Owes Grandpa Ford

Why Not Chase the Rabbit?

How Can They Not Change?

Does Lean Manufacturing = The Toyota Production System?

Giving A Shout Out to a Few Gemba Bloggers

Words of Taiichi Ohno Sensei, Part 4: It's a Race to Get People to Think

When Times Are Tough, Do You Make Better Decisions?

Buy Ford, Sell GM, Hold Toyota (but don't take investment advice from me...)

Top 5 Lean Manufacturing Books for Beginners

Endless Creativity, Inquisitiveness and Pursuit of Improvement

Top Five Non-Lean Things Gemba Did In 2006

Selecting a Management and Improvement System

Being an Improvement Agnostic

Holiday Shopping is Wasteful

Note to Toyota: Top Five Things to Do in 2007 as World's #1 Automobile Manufacturer

Ford CEO Mullaly's First Impressions

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 37: The Standard Time Should be the Shortest Time

When is Point Kaizen OK?

The Starfish, the Spider and the Span of Five

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 36: Only the Gemba Can Do Cost Reduction

Making a Business Out of Organizing (Making You Feel on Top of Things)

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 35: The Monaka System

And Now We Have "Kakushin" (sigh...)

When the Customer Defines Value, But They Define It Poorly What Do You Do?

How to Put Kaizen into Your Culture

One-Hour Low Tech Lean Introduction

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 34: The Pitfall of Cost Calculation

Hansei on Hansei

The ROI of an Open Office

Dilbert Rips Six Sigma

The Toyota Way is Total Company Discipline, Partial Study is GM's Failure

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 33: The Difference Between Production Engineering and Manufacturing Engineering

Thankful but Dissatisfied

How to Stay Out of Trouble with Mr. Convis

The Water Spider: What's in a Name?

What is a Kamishibai?

Dissatisfaction: The Essence of Toyota Management and the Kaizen Mindset

Top 5 Things I Learned in China Last Week

Why Six Sigma is Essential for Kaizen Success

Seeing the Lean in Milton Friedman's Ideas

Believing You Can Get Lean Makes You Leaner

Kaizen of the Month at Gemba, November 2006

The Toyota Preparation System or the “Bank of Preparation”

Applying Lean Manufacturing to University Libraries

Kaizen vs. Kaikaku

Toyota Botches Lean Implementation at Japan Post?

Things They Say at Toyota: Being Busy is Shameful

Taiichi Ohno's Book "Workplace Management" Returns to Print in 2007

Undivided Wholeness in Flowing Movement

Reflection (Hansei) is the Noblest Teacher

Don't Talk to Us About Toyota

Continuous Improvement Video from Genie Industries

How to Use 3P to Work Out Process Design Alternatives

Kaizen Suggestions at Nokia Factory in India Improve Quality

Educating People is Key to Operational Excellence

Lessons from Toyota's IT Strategy

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 32: Operational Availability vs. Rate of Operation

Things They Say at Toyota: Ask "Why?" Five Times

How Wipro Adapted the Toyota Production System to IT Work

How Do U Spell Quality?

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 31: There is a Correct Sequence to Kaizen

The View from the Other Side: Stop the Kaizen!

Learning English the Toyota Production System Way!

Free Turnaround Advice to All Struggling Airlines

Scottish Local Authority Wins Award for Kaizen

Operational Excellence Requires Kaizen and Respect for People

Toyota Production System as a Learning System

Not Trying to Coin A New Buzzword, But...

Copy + Kaizen = Yokoten

The Little Chip Fab that Could

Applying the 80-20 Rule to Kaizen

Things They Say at Toyota: Protect Your Own Castle

October: A Month of Lean-free Blogging

Lean Government Buzz in Scotland

Good Example of Pokayoke through Software Code

My Early Kaizen Days

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 30: Seiri Seiton Seiso Seiketsu Shitsuke

One Sign of a Lean Culture: Kaizen or Get Out

Lesson in Visual Management from GOL

A Workplace that Encourages Movement Gets Good Results

It's Not Really "Go See", It's "Go Observe"

Healthcare Costs Can Be Cut

How to Learn the Fundamentals of the Toyota Production System in 30 Days

What Experience Do You Have in My Industry?

Lean by Any Means Necessary

What is Flexibility for Lean Manufacturing?

Hoshin is 5S for Your Head

Workflow Design: Horizontal Handling vs. Vertical Handling

That's Not Cost Reduction, That's Stealing

A Heijunka Economy

Look Up from Your Work and Ask: "Could We Flow This?"

One Point Lesson: Operational Availability vs. Rate of Operation

Ouch! Change Hurts

While We're Promoting Lean Author Interviews on other Blogs...

Lean Blog Interview with Dr. Jeffrey Liker

What is Jishuken?

Can I Get an A3 Report with those 2.38 Million Recalls?

E-mail 5S

That's What I Call Cosmic Irony

The Kaizen Turnaround Kings at Danaher

The Environment Where Takt Time is Ideal

Kaizen Song: Ship It

This Is An Experiment

Lean Healthcare Plumbs New Depths at ?? Hospital

How Can American Government Meet Its Productivity Challenge?

I Mean It. Be Dissatisfied in the Work You Do

Visit Got Boondoggle? for the 10 Lessons to Kaizen the Kaizen

Top 3 Ways Kaizen Events Enable Culture Change

Kaizen in Software Development: Start by Seeing the 7 Wastes

Learning Lessons from Big Mistakes

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 29: Become a Reliable Boss

One Key to a Lean Culture: Be Dissatisfied in the Work You Do

When did Toyota Get to be a Company Like This?

One Definition of Lean Manufacturing

Lean Manufacturing, Chicken Knife. Six Sigma, Cow Knife.

I Want to Own a Chinese Sweatshop

Error Proof the Pokayoke to Build in Quality

See It, Smell It, Shanghai is Changing

Getting in the Habit of Change

Standard Work is Kaizen Instruction for Managers

Kaizen Song: g.e.m.b.a

What's Next After Lean?

Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno, Chapter 28: Wits Don't Work Until You Feel the Squeeze

Kaizen Secrets of the Toyota Mind

Words of Taiichi Ohno Sensei, Part 3: The Top 8 Pearls of Wisdom on Kaizen

Words of Taiichi Ohno Sensei, Part 2: Foreword from the First Textbook on the Toyota Production System

Words of Taiichi Ohno Sensei, Part 1: "I Never Said There Were 7 Types of Waste"

Spending Money to Hinder Leadership

Copy This: How AIRSpeed Copies Kaizen Ideas

How Toyota Used IT to Cut New Product Development Time in Half

Every Day is a Good Day for Daily Kaizen in Lean Healthcare

No One Does Lean Like the Japanese

Gemba Keiei Chapter 27: We Can Still Do a Lot More Kaizen

5S in the Office Saves Space, Expense Money and Time

The Top 10 Reasons to Start Lean Office and Lean Manufacturing at the Same Time

Kaizen Song: I Stop the Line

Credit Suisse Does Gemba Research

Gemba Keiei Chapter 26: There Are No Supervisors at the Administrative Gemba

How Toyota Uses Information Technology (IT) for Kaizen

Trying Out Herman Miller's New Cubicle: Not for the Lean Office

Doing More with Less in the Lean Office

Do Heijunka with Your Kaizen Efforts

Toyota Feels the Heat from Hyundai

Gemba Keiei Chapter 25: Work is a Game of Wits with Subordinates

The Lean Ranger in: The Workshop of the World, Part II

NHS Confederation Releases "Lean Thinking for the NHS"

Sell Complacency, Buy Kaizen

Lean Thinking & Google's 9 Notions of Innovation

Kaizen Song: Cycle Times They Are A-Changin’

Some Thoughts on Future State Value Stream Mapping

Gemba Keiei Chapter 24: Fight the Robot Fad

Lean Manufacturing Mantras

Giving Lean Healthcare a Bad Name

Kaizen Consultant Asks: "Why is this Here?"

Physiognomy & Phrenology vs. Root Cause Analysis & Kaizen

Kaizen the Design, Recall the Part

Gemba Keiei Chapter 23: Producing at the Lowest Possible Cost

Before Kaizen, Ask "If You Had Enough, Would You Know?"

Kaizen in the School System: Reading, Writing, Arithmetic and Problem Solving

Construction Executives Visit Toyota, Learn Kaizen

The Lean Office & The Typewriter of the Future

Gemba Keiei Chapter 22: Shut the Machines Off!

Hoshin Kanri Lesson: No Plan Goes According to Plan

Going Back to School for Hoshin Kanri

Lean Manufacturing in the Construction Industry

Good News! Hospitals are Healing Themselves through Kaizen

Gemba Keiei Chapter 21: Rationalization is Doing What is Rational

Five Practical Ways to Stay on the Sunny Side of Lean

Interview with Darius Mehri, Author of "Notes from Toyota-land"

Lean Production Does Not Respect People

Human Kanban

War, Oil and Lean Production

From the Mechanical Side to the Dark Side of Lean...

The 5 Steps to Building Jidoka Equipment

Gemba Keiei Chapter 20: What I Learned About Forging Changeover from Toyota do Brasil

Designing Processes to Fit Lean Manufacturing with the 16 Catch Phrases of 3P

The Top 5 Reasons for Using Production Preparation Process (3P)

Tame the Hedgehog, Name it Kaizen

Lean Manufacturing, Industrial Engineering & HRD: No Animals Today

Bill and Barry Grapple with the Lean Manufacturing Elephant

Following the Kaizen Process Out of the Lion's Den

Lean Broadcasting? NHK Calls Toyota for Help with Kaizen

Kaizen in a Petri Dish

Gemba Keiei Chapter 19: Toyota Made the Kanban System Possible

Lean Food Service: Cut Overproduction, Feed the Hungry

Job Shop Kaizen

First Face of Innovation: Go to Gemba

Gemba Keiei Chapter 18: Supermarket System

Reflections on Standard Work

What is Lean Government?

Gemba Keiei Chapter 17: The Goal - Improve Productivity Ten-Fold

TPS from the Horse's Mouth: View the Videos & Take the Quiz!

You've Gotta Go to Gemba More Often Than That!

Toyota Seeking Top Talent: Tightwads Only Need Apply

Gemba Keiei Chapter 16: Grandpa Sakichi's Jidoka Idea

5S Your Desk: And Other Tips for Office Productivity

The Problem of Excessive Executive Compensation for Lean Manufacturing

Gemba Keiei Chapter 15: Just In Time

Herman Miller NT Furniture is NoT Lean

College Dean Concludes: Kaizen Best Learned by Doing

The Link Between Gemba Kaizen and Human Resource Development

Gemba Keiei Chapter 14: Do Kaizen When Times Are Good

For Built-in Quality, Simple is Best

The Takt Time for Your Question is 42 Seconds

How Exactly Does Toyota Put People on the Balance Sheet as Assets?

Put People on the Balance Sheet

Lean Manufacturing Institute in Iowa: Will They Get it Right?

"Simple Slim" Engine Production Powers Profits at Toyota

Gemba Keiei Chapter 13: Improve Productivity Even with Reduced Volumes

Work Hard, Complain, and Do Kaizen

Better Safety and Ergonomics through Kaizen

State of Maine a Leader in Lean Government

Aberdeen Authority Reinvests in Kaizen Blitz Team

Why GM and Ford Can't Embrace the Toyota Way

Kaizen Resultant Gets Lean Government Results in Scotland

Experience Kaikaku, Day 5: What I Learned about Kaizen

Experience Kaikaku, Day 4: The KTC Way

Experience Kaikaku, Day 3: The Thinking Behind TPS

Experience Kaikaku, Day 2: Fun with Pipes & Joints

Experience Kaikaku, Day 1: The Airport

Minding the Length of a Toy Duck's Neck

Chief Quality Officer of GE: Six Sigma is Dead

Lean Office "Open Room" Foils Unethical Recruiter

We Don't Need a Big Culture Change at Ford. No Wait, Yes We Do!

The "Lean Manufacturing Push" at Chrysler

Reflecting on Toyota's 2,411,117 Recalls in 2005

How to Give Lean Manufacturing a Bad Name

Gemba's Consulting Work Featured on NIST Website

Pandemic Preparation: Just in Time or Just in Case?

Governor Vilsack Plans to Create Lean Manufacturing Institute in Iowa

Hope for Lean at Local Government Levels

Respect for People? Labor Unrest at Toyota Kirloskar

American Workers Embrace Kaizen Culture at NUMMI

Pit Crew Kaizen

Kaizen Means Thinking "Now Things are the Worst Ever"

Happy New Year, and Genchi Gembutsu

Business Process Outsourcing, Meet Value Engineering

Crossing the Chasm of Lean Transformation, Part 2

Crossing the Chasm of Lean Transformation, Part 1

How to Kaizen Boxing Day

Are they Nuts? Lean Team Shouts "Do It First and Think Later"

Lean Engineering and Taking Down the Walls

Faça Primeiro e Pense Depois: What I Learned from Japan in Brazil

I'll Have Some Innovation Please, but Hold the Kaizen

Dueling Views on Role of Kaizen Events for Lean Transformation

The Cheerful Delusion of the Kaizen Mind

A3 Report Title: 189 Apologies

Heads Firmly in Sand, Motor City Chairmen Speak Out

This Blog Has Been Kaizened to Accept Your Comments!

Lean Food Service in Korea Factory Cafeteria

Kaizen Blitz for Project Teams

Quick and Easy Kaizen for Project Teams

Workstream Kaizen for Project Teams

Workgroup Kaizen for Project Teams

Making the Case for Kaizen for Project Teams

The Kaizen Cops Clobber Government Waste in Kenya

Introducing Kaizen for Project Teams

Run Faster, Team

Gemba Keiei Chapter 12: Agricultural People Like Inventory

Triangulating the Problem of American Manufacturing, Part 2

Triangulating the Problem of American Manufacturing, Part 1

Norman Bodek Blogs about Kaikaku

The Perils of Not Going "Genchi, Gembutsu" (On Site, With the Actual Things)

Time for an Ohno Prize?

Setting the Bridges to Nowhere to the Torch

NAVAirspeed Merger to Take Kaizen to Next Level

Eric's Japan Lean Benchmarking Trip, 3

Peter Pan, Kaizen and Joseph Lieberman

GM Red Tags Dealer Inventory

Gemba Keiei Chapter 11: Wasted Motion is Not Work

In Defense of Mr. Rogers

Skill Matrix Enables Suggestion System

Lean Government Update Nov. 9, 2005

Eric's Japan Lean Benchmarking Trip, 2

Recommended Book: China, Inc. by Ted Fishman

Genchi Gembutsu in Aceh, Indonesia

Client tells Gemba: "We're Wasting Our Money by Paying You"

Eric's Lean Benchmarking Trip to Japan, Part 1

Design Process Around People

Gemba Keiei Chapter 10: The Misconception that Mass Production is Cheaper

Toyota Loves France!

Toyota is No Friend of the Earth, Say Greens

Tune into NUMMI Tour Tales

Kaizen Mindset at the Head of Chrysler

How Not to Spend $453 Million

Highlights from an Interview with Masaaki Imai

No Pushing

Tough Love for Delphi Leadership

Lean Applied to Food Service

Small Companies Playing With Big Company Rules

Toyota Kaizens... a Shrub?

Kaizen, Kangaroos & Kiwis

First, it's about People. Second...

Gemba Keiei Chapter 9: Reduced Inventory, Increased WIP

Kaizen in the Arabian Peninsula

Robots, Rabbits and Kaizen

What's so Bad about Assembly Line Healthcare?

What I Learned from a Marxist about Lean Manufacturing

Governor Vilsack Brings Lean Government to Iowa

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 8: Limited Volume Production is to Produce at Low Cost

Virtual JKE - Final Entry

Ford Adopts Toyota-style Supplier Strategy

Virtual JKE Day Five

Virtual JKE Day Four

Sitting Work vs. Standing Work in a Lean Manufacturing Workplace

Virtual JKE Day Three

Virtual JKE Part Two

Virtual JKE

Postal Service Provides Model for Lean Government

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 7: Don't Fear Opportunity Losses

Effective ERP Implementation

Work Content for Line Leads

Strong Supervision: The Key to Long-term Kaizen

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 6: The Blind Spot in Cost Calculation

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 5: Misconceptions Hidden within Common Sense

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 4: Go See What Didn't Work with Your Own Eyes

Wipro Studies TPS to Achieve Lean Transactions

Mr. Toyota Goes to Washington

Three Useful Phrases for Kaizen

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 3: Misconceptions Reduce Productivity

Developing Team Leaders through Kaizen

The Best Lean Factory in the USA?

Notes from the Field: Implementation and Continuity Safety Nets

Lean Healthcare: Increase Value or Reduce Waste?

Kaizen in the Naval Air Command

Lean Thinking at the LAPD

What About the 8th Waste?

Toyota Raises Prices, but Not for That Reason

Kaizen Teams & the Wisdom of Crowds

What You Can Learn in Traffic about Lean Manufacturing

Qingdao Haier's Bids for Maytag: LeanSigma Goes to China?

95% Cost Reduction: That's Kaikaku

Lean & Assembly Line Throughput Times

Making Work As Simple as Possible (but Not Simpler)

Holding Up the Top Half of the Value Stream Map

The Forest and the Trees: a Lesson in Change

Teaching Lean without Words

Balancing Market Leadership and Social Responsibility at Toyota

Book Review: One Small Step Can Change Your Life - The Kaizen Way

The State of Lean Healthcare: Critical Mass is Building

Hyundai Throws Down the Glove

It is Not Enough that Toyota Succeeds, GM Must Also Not Fail

Toyota's Lean Manufacturing Metrics

Lean Manufacturing with a Temporary Workforce

100% Efficiency is Not the Goal

Walls & Cubicles: Waste Multipliers in the Office

Subtle Shifts in the 7 Wastes of Lean

Motivating Smart People to Learn about Lean

Kaizen Event Fait Accompli

The Perfect World or Our Ideal World?

The Power of Mapping

Build a Lean Enterprise on a Stable Foundation

On-time Delivery Starts with Trust

OEE Basics from Europe

The Four Elements for Sustaining Kaizen

Keys to Sustaining 5S

Value Stream Maps & Right Brain Thinking

Where to Start the Lean Journey: 5S or with VSM?

Why does Toyota Share the Secrets of TPS?

Planning a Lean Journey? Take the Toyota Way

Genchi Gembutsu

TPS is the Thinking People System

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 2: If You Are Wrong, Admit It

A Sense of Urgency Like Smokey & the Bandit

Gemba Keiei, Chapter 1: The Wise Mend their Ways

The Trap of Managing by Computer Screens

TPM Metrics & Financial Impact

VP of Lean Enterprise Plays 20 Questions with Lean Managers

Introducing Gemba Keiei by Taiichi Ohno

Ownership Generates Success

Where Does Lean Apply in Hospitals?

Keeping Minds Nimble, Bodies Limber at Toyota

Streamlining Eye Surgery: Innovation in India

In the News: Overproduction in Detroit

The Power of Ideas from Everyone

The Toyota Job Description: Follow Standards & Find Better Ways

Selling Autonomous Maintenance to the Machine Operator

One Piece Flow & Standard WIP

If You Want to Pull, Don't Deliver

Why Kaizen Teams Should Be Cross-Functional

Kaizen: Start with Production or "The Office"?

Flow Counterclockwise for a Good Reason

Making Standard Work Stick

Product Development Performance Metrics

Lean and Green

Takt Time for Executives

Extreme Programming & the Lean Office

Throughput, Bottlenecks, and Capacity: It's All in the TPCBP

Lean Fundamental: Do Today's Work Today

Sustaining Results in the Lean Office

Lean Customer Service

Questions from the Field #3: Lean Engineering

Questions from the Field #2: Lean Engineering

Questions from the Field #1: Lean Engineering

Quality & Law Enforcement: Detection vs. Prevention

Kaizen Events Build Buy-in

Kaizen is Like Climbing a Mountain: Drive Stakes in Along the Way

Kaizen is for Everyone, Everyday

Making Sense of Takt-Flow-Pull

Applying Flow to Healthcare

What is Jidoka? Test Drive a Minivan

Lean Practitioners Beware: You May be Tampering

Focus on Flow Streamlines 5S

Be Careful What You Measure, You Just Might Improve It

Attacking Waste in Knowledge Work

The Lean Factory is Not an Orchestra

Pockets of Improvement