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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Jeff Liker

Dan Jones: Never Waste a Good Crisis

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: vendredi, février 24, 2012
Falling sales always provokes deeper thinking about what it talks to survive. The starting point is to define the business problem behind these falling sales. Structural shifts often coincide with cyclical downturns of the economy. For instance in the USA health insurance companies are now switching their patients to local district hospitals charging much lower rates. Big expensive teaching hospitals are struggling to adjust to this structural change, which is happening much faster than expected and is unlikely to be reversed. In the UK big cuts in public sector budgets are having a dramatic and lasting effect on public procurement ...

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Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: Waste Elimination Is The Ultimate Development Practice

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: lundi, janvier 10, 2011
Most companies would argue that they’re intent on developing their people, and to do so they invest a substantial part of the budgets in training of all sorts, from technical skills to managerial practices. Mostly, this training is conceived on the university model: an expert specifies the best known way to do something, trainees learn it as well they can and then are tasked to apply it. Because of obvious organizational constraints, training is separated into classroom training with a trainer, and then, hopefully practical application left to the participants. In such training conception, the trainees manager is not particularly ...

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Jeff Liker

Dan Jones: Lean Training and Waste

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: lundi, janvier 10, 2011
The power of the very tight lean definition of waste as only those actions that directly create value for customers is to throw a spotlight on all those actions that clearly do not create any value at all and should be stopped, and to raise questions about those actions that might be necessary to enable the value creating work to be done, such as planning and procurement. This is also true over time looking into the future. We can also distinguish between work that creates value today and work that will create value in the future, in for instance designing future ...

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Is lean about waste?

By , - Last updated: jeudi, décembre 16, 2010
First, I disagree that lean is a "production practice." But that's not really the question, so I'll move on. I agree with Art's description - many people see different things in it. It wouldn't be fair to say that lean is NOT about waste elimination, but it's equally unfair to say it's all about that. As Anais Nin said, "we don't see things as they are. We see them as we are." But let's get back to waste and it's role. Waste is the flip-side of the coin of value. Assuming that lean is just about eliminating waste means that value is ...

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Jeff Liker

Dan Jones: Lean Beyond Waste

By Jeff Liker, - Last updated: jeudi, décembre 9, 2010
The premise behind this question and the Wikipedia definition reveals three common misconceptions about lean. First lean is not limited to production activities. Although the original insight to streamline the flow of work as well as improve the way each step is performed was developed on the shop floor, it has long since been shown to have widespread application to other processes. Indeed over time the principles of lean process design we articulated in Lean Thinking have transformed all kinds of activities from supply chains to service delivery and administration to flows of patients through hospitals. They are even helping ...

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Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: the Way of Waste Elimination (ie: waste elimination as a heuristic)

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: mardi, novembre 30, 2010
Clearly, there is more to lean than waste elimination. And then again, maybe waste elimination IS the whole point. Let me go out on a limb here. Why would a french sociologist consider Toyota to be a role model? I was all set to follow the traditional path of critical analysis and join the club of naysayers. So: what changed my mind? It's not like it's an ideal company. it's not even as if it's a radical new organizational design. What it does have is an orginal intent: a project to be better than it is, all the way down to ...

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Jerry Weinberg: Is anything other than value-added-for-customers considered to be waste?

By , - Last updated: lundi, novembre 22, 2010
According to Wikipedia, ""Lean," is a production practice that considers the expenditure of resources for any goal other than the creation of value for the end customer to be wasteful, and thus a target for elimination." First, do you agree with this characterization (and, if you don't, why not)?
Michael Balle

Michael Ballé: Waste elimination (in dire straights) as a key to competence increase (and saving the day)

By Michael Balle, co-author of The Gold Mine and The Lean Manager - Last updated: dimanche, juillet 11, 2010
How about a 40% production cost reduction and a few million Euros cash flow improvement in less than a year? I’m not sure this is the best lean success story I’ve come across, but it’s the most recent. One plant of a large global group produces components for the tier one plants, and was losing its bid for the next generation product and facing shutdown because of a price difference of 20% with Low Cost Country competition. The group recognized that once you lose production, you lose development, and once that has happened, it’s really hard to bring work back, ...

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