When front-line employees open the eyes of management

INTERVIEW – The CEO of a Scottish health board takes us through the organization’s long lean journey, reminding us that allowing people to take the initiative often leads to the most impressive disco…

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Making Our Lean Roll-Out Work

How we are rolling out lean in our chain of stores FEATURE – When Praktiker decided to turn to lean thinking, they were faced with the challenge of rolling out its principles and practices to 20 DIY …

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The Elementary School Embracing Lean and Digital

The school undergoing a lean and digital transformation CASE STUDY – An elementary school in Budapest is trying to bring innovation to the education by harnessing the power of lean thinking combined…

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The Lean Fire Department

INTERVIEW – Is “lean fire-fighting” an oxymoron? It isn’t if you are the Grand Rapids Fire Department, which has not only turned itself around but is also leading a city-wide lean transformation. I…

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How Lean Companies Ensure Quality

THE TOOLS CORNER – This month, the author discusses how we can ensure quality problems are identified early, tackled swiftly and prevented from reoccurring. Words: Michael Ballé, lean author, execu…

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Why the mining industry desperately needs lean thinking

FEATURE – Lean thinking is still largely absent from the mining industry. The author explains the great opportunities that lie ahead for an industry with a huge potential to improve. Words: Laura Mot…

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Why You Can’t Go Without Lean Accounting

FEATURE – Without a solid accounting function no transformation can ever succeed. The author explains why lean accounting should be part of your strategy. Words: Nick Katko, lean accounting …

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The Short Guide to Successfully Using SMED

THE TOOLS CORNER – For the second article in our new series, the author offers a guide to the origins and use of one of lean’s most important tools: SMED. Words: Michael Ballé, lean author, …

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The Clinical Process as Product

FEATURE – This article (and video) explains how Michigan Medicine applied lean product and process development tools and methods to their clinical processes. A powerful experiment. Words: Jim Morgan…

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如何让重复性劳动变得更有趣?

Lean Leaper著,刀锋译  重复性的任务会使员工觉得工作太无聊而让士气变得低落,缺乏工作动力,而一支失望的队伍将严重妨碍精益变革。那么你该如何处理重复性任务带给员工的不满呢?改变工作有用吗?还是不需要改变…

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