Lean: The New Buzz Concept
By Jamie Flinchbaugh < The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Lean >
I’ve read my share of articles on lean, and its no wonder people are confused about what’s up and what’s down. Here’s the latest bit of confusion, from Australia:
I don’t even know where to begin with how bad this is. I used to carry a magazine cover around with me that showed on the cover “5S Leads to Lean.” After all my harping on how tools do not lead to lean, I was distraught to see people advocating, so prominently, that “do this and you will be lean.” See the cover here, and the corresponding article here. Worse yet, I know the editor and he’s a good guy who does his homework, but this missed the mark.
Perhaps its time we expected more from our media on the topic. Why is this important? Because many people receive their education about what’s going on and what works through their regular magazines. If they learn the “wrong” stuff, we are all fighting an uphill battle. What can we do? Write to editors and writers. Educate them. Share your reactions. Open the dialogue. Complain, yes, but complain back to those doing the writing so that it gets better.
Who’s doing a good job writing about lean? Here are three magazines I believe do a respectable job and digging past the dirt to the real stories.