Lean Frontiers: Are they differences in getting middle management on board from getting executive management support?
Are there differences in getting middle management from executive management on board for 1) developing the lean enterprise and 2) direct engagement on their part? What are the differences, if any?
Posted on 9 mai 2015
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The Lean Edge

Twenty years later, have workplaces moved to multi-process cells or do you still find many isolated operators?

By The Lean Edge, - Last updated: dimanche, décembre 15, 2013
When I discovered lean twenty years ago, Toyota was mostly teaching us to move from muti-machine single process halls to multi-process cells that flow a complete product (it was the days of moving machines around during the night). As you visit gembas, has this transformation happened or is it still rare? I must admit that I still come across many plants with single process machines to a hall and a broken process, and that in service, such as IT, banking, etc. flow multi-process cells are exceedingly rare - rare enough to be noticed. What is your experience?
Mike Rother

Mike Rother: We Can Tell You How to Find the Answer

By Mike Rother, - Last updated: vendredi, juin 28, 2013
Question:  How can Lean be sustained across a decentralized group geographically spread out? The daily behavior of people -- the social side of Lean -- is primarily what defines a culture of continuous improvement. Lean behavior as observed at Toyota is fractal. That is, each element of the organization is using the same basic pattern of working -- the way we do things around here. This in sum produces the organization's processes, products, services and business results. If 'sustaining in a decentralized organization structure' is your current challenge, then I think you should apply your organization's Lean behavior pattern (kata) to that ...

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Samuel Obara

Sammy Obara: A good leader will show the way, a lean leader will have the follower find it

By Samuel Obara, - Last updated: jeudi, mars 29, 2012
I think the ability to influence other people and the skills needed to do so would be somewhat similar to both types of leaders, provided they are both good leaders. Perhaps a distinguishing trait between the two leaders can be perceived by observing how they interact with their followers.    While the lean leader will frequently challenge their followers beliefs and paradigms, the good traditional one will put a lot of weight in the praise and motivation. Maybe implicit in the lean leader's approach is the opportunity to learn and develop the thinking.  A good leader will show the way, a lean leader will have the follower find it. In the ...

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Jeff Liker

True North: Find the gap to the ideal state to stretch yourself

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: dimanche, octobre 9, 2011
"True North" is used quite a bit around Toyota, though the hard-core TPS folks do not like it preferring "ideal state."  Either concept has a similar meaning which is that you should understand the gap between the ideal and the actual so you can see how far you need to go.  Toyota Business Practices, which replaced practical problem solving, has an explicit step to define the ideal state.  Then the gap between the ideal and the actual is broken down to manageable steps and an explicit target for the kaizen activity.  Then root cause analysis proceeds for the gap relative ...

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