Joining me for Episode #285 is my friend and colleague, Karen Martin. She was previously a guest on Episode #151 where we discussed her book The Outstanding Organization and #190 we discussed her book Value Stream Mapping book. We’ll be doing another podcast later this year about her next book, which is titled Clarity First: How Wise Leaders and Organizations Achieve Outstanding Performance.
Karen reached out with a provocative question that’s easy to discuss, but hard to answer: “Is Lean Dead?” The reason she asked is that she’s heard murmuring and read articles that ask “is it time for something new?” or if we’re somehow in a “post-Lean” world.
I hope you enjoy the discussion where we explore this question and topic. We’d love to hear your thoughts about this if you’d like to leave a comment here on the post.
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Topics and Questions
- Is Lean Dead? Are there more people saying Lean is ineffective and we need to try something new?
- “What’s beyond Lean?” is something people have asked
- Are the reports of the death of Lean exaggerated?
- Do people try something and conclude it doesn’t work?
- Is it about the methodology or the approach they took?
- What are the short-term and the long-term results that are seen and should be expected?
- Who decides what’s “right” or “wrong” when it comes to Lean and the approach organizations take?
- An example of a “Lean Sigma” curriculum that doesn’t include much Lean
- What books do you recommend for people who are learning about Lean?
- Is it hard for outsiders to see the totality of the Lean / TPS approach?
- Blog posts on “Motivational Interviewing“
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