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 May 9, 2015
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Steven Spear

Steve Spear: Measure outputs generated by pathways of connected activities

By Steven Spear, - Last updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013
For technical systems, the logic is self evident that we link independent variables (e.g., "settings") and dependent variables (e.g., "states") through a causal logic, and measure both to be sure we are tracking well.  When we are not, the gap between anticipated and actual is trigger for corrective action--both immediate containment and update to a better model of input-output causality. Organizational measurement often fails by the being irrigorous in comparison. -- what objectives are being pursued are ill defined. -- what factors can be controlled to affect outcomes are ill chartered. -- how behavior affects consequences is not logically ...

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The Lean Global Network: Is there a lean way to measure productivity?

By , - Last updated: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Many companies compare production hours to standard hours. Several still use indirect/direct ratios. Is there a specific lean way to measure productivity?
Jamie Flinchbaugh

Jamie Flinchbaugh: How would you measure lean success?

By Jamie Flinchbaugh, - Last updated: Sunday, May 29, 2011
The question asked was "what counts as 'lean success'?" Albert Einstein once said: Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts. I see most people making mistakes when trying to evaluate success. They try to measure lean success as if it is a program. What's the easiest way to measure a program? Activity! Yet we should not confuse activity with productivity. Lean programs are measured by means such as the number of people trained or the number of improvement events held, yet these activities do not a lean journey make. They are only inputs. And even ...

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Mike Rother

Mike Rother: How to Measure Lean Success

By Mike Rother, - Last updated: Saturday, May 28, 2011
Question: How would you define lean success? Manufacturers have made many improvements in quality and productivity. There’s no question that our factories are better than they were 20 years ago, and that significant progress toward world-class manufacturing status has been made. But the world doesn’t stand still. A question for me is how organizations can keep improving and adapting - systematically - along unpredictable paths, as a part of what they do every day. Capability development So I agree with Jeff Liker that there is no end point to lean success, only transformation leading to continuous improvement toward your vision (which, by ...

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