Tag: Womack

Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

Lean is a “Generic” Term for TPS (and The Toyota Way), Says Dan Jones

People often say Lean is pretty simple (or that it’s just “common sense“). Yeah, some of the concepts are simple… but sometimes deceptively so. Or, we find that it’s easier to describe Lean (as a management system, a set of methods, and a culture) than it is to say how an organization should transform itself […]

By September 29, 2014 1 Comments Read More →
This Newbie Has a Good Grasp of Lean

This Newbie Has a Good Grasp of Lean

I get a lot of emails from regular readers or people who have just stumbled across my blog. I try to be as helpful as I can (although I’m not really a good connection for Lean healthcare jobs that people are always looking for). One email was from somebody who has recently discovered Lean and […]

Podcast #188 – Daniel T. Jones on 25 Years of Lean & the Future of Lean

Podcast #188 – Daniel T. Jones on 25 Years of Lean & the Future of Lean

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 31:13) My guest for Episode 188 has been a leading voice in the Lean community for 25 years, Daniel T. Jones, founder and chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy, based in the UK. Dan collaborated with Jim Womack on the books The Machine That Changed the World, […]

By December 18, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Belated Book Review: The Machine That Changed The World

Mark’s note: Christina Kach is back with a new post, this time a review of what should probably be considered a “Lean classic.” Come back tomorrow for my first podcast interview with one of the co-authors, Dan Jones. You can find my previous podcasts with Jim Womack on the Lean Podcast main page. Maybe this […]

By December 17, 2013 4 Comments Read More →
PDF of “Triumph of the Lean Production System” is Finally Available

PDF of “Triumph of the Lean Production System” is Finally Available

When I wrote the post  The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article back in September, I was frustrated that this groundbreaking article was NOT available for viewing or even purchase through MIT Sloan Management Review. The Lean Enterprise Institute has now made the article available […]

By November 11, 2013 0 Comments Read More →
The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article

The Term “Lean Production” is 25 Years Old – Some Thoughts on the Original John Krafcik Article

People often ask me where the term “Lean” comes from. It’s not an acronym, so it shouldn’t be spelled “LEAN” (but it often is). Lean is not a synonym for “lacking or deficient” in resources, as some dictionaries will tell you or as it gets used in news headlines about “surviving the lean economy.” The […]

By September 23, 2013 9 Comments Read More →
What the Book “Lean Thinking” Said About Healthcare in 1996

What the Book “Lean Thinking” Said About Healthcare in 1996

When the book Lean Thinking  (by Jim Womack and Dan Jones) was originally published in 1996, it seems likely that hardly any was applying Lean principles in healthcare. Sure, you had organizations applying TQM or CQI principles (or even some of the lessons of Dr. W. Edwards Deming) and Joan Wellman did some of her […]

By August 14, 2013 2 Comments Read More →
Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Toyota’s Jamie Bonini on Organizational Culture

Last week at the Lean Healthcare Transformation Summit, I really enjoyed the presentation by Jamie Bonini,  General Manager of the  Toyota Production System Support Center (TSSC). Jamie started his career at Chrysler (where he knew Jamie Flinchbaugh, a good friend of this blog) and both Jamies, like me, are graduates of the MIT Leaders for […]

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

April Fool: Announcing my Next #Lean Book Project – Baby’s First Lean Book

After the nice response to Lean Hospitals and  Healthcare Kaizen, I often get asked, “So, what’s your next book going to be?” (other than the upcoming  Executive Guide to Healthcare Kaizen, that is). I’ve had people suggest writing something about Lean in ambulatory care and outpatient clinic settings. Or maybe an introductory Lean book for […]

Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean

Toyota, Respect for People (or “Humanity”) and Lean

A principle that has been often discussed (and hopefully practiced) in the Lean community over the past few years is usually described as “respect for people.” A certain British rabble rouser recently said at a Lean conference “all this respect for people stuff is horse sh*t,” and that it is a “conventional Western management interpretation.” […]

By February 26, 2013 33 Comments Read More →
#LeanStartup Conference 2012 Notes – Get Out of the Building

#LeanStartup Conference 2012 Notes – Get Out of the Building

In his kickoff to the Lean Startup Conference, Eric Ries promised that there was so much content and so many speakers crammed into the day that we would all have a headache at some point. Yes, that came true for me. But, it was a very inspiring and thought-provoking day… with over 700 attendees in […]

By December 6, 2012 13 Comments Read More →
“L.A.M.E.” in the News; These Three Articles Get Lean Wrong

“L.A.M.E.” in the News; These Three Articles Get Lean Wrong

As the creator of the admittedly awkward L.A.M.E. acronym (meaning Lean As Mistakenly Explained or Lean As Misguidedly Executed), one burden is that I often get emails tipping me off to L.A.M.E. sightings. In a nutshell, it’s L.A.M.E. when a company does something awful that’s not at all in line with accepted Lean or “Toyota […]

By September 14, 2012 12 Comments Read More →
Join Me at the Northeast Shingo Prize Conference, Sept 25-26

Join Me at the Northeast Shingo Prize Conference, Sept 25-26

I hope you’ll join me and a lot of Lean friends at the 2012 Northeast Shingo Prize Conference, to be held in Worcester, MA September 25 and 26. I’m honored to be part of a great program (PDF), with keynote speakers including Jim Womack, Steve Spear, Bob Miller (all previous guests on my Podcast). On […]

Interview with Former ThedaCare Leader Kathryn Correia

Interview with Former ThedaCare Leader Kathryn Correia

Here’s a nice interview with Kathryn Correia, CEO of HealthEast in Minnesota, a former ThedaCare executive: “Lean approach at HealthEast.” From the piece: Correia is a firm believer in “Lean Business,” a management framework popularized in the 1997 book by James Womack and Daniel Jones. The goal of the “lean” approach is to help companies […]

New Lean Blog Charity Auctions – Great Books on #Lean, #Quality, #Deming!

New Lean Blog Charity Auctions – Great Books on #Lean, #Quality, #Deming!

Update 5/1/12 – more auctions! Back in October, we raised about $1000 for Friends of the Orphans through a charity auction, for which authors and publishers generously donated books. Now, I’m happy to present another auction that comes as a result of me “5S-ing” my home office as my wife and I prepare for our […]

Frequently Highlighted Passages in “Lean Hospitals”

Frequently Highlighted Passages in “Lean Hospitals”

I love my Amazon Kindle (I have had a 2nd generation 3G Kindle for about two years). Amazon has recently made the device more “social,” where you can share highlights and notes that you take about a book via Twitter, Facebook, or the web. Here are my notes that I’ve made publicly available. It’s also […]

Podcast #118 – Jim Womack on GM, Toyota & Lean Six Sigma

Podcast #118 – Jim Womack on GM, Toyota & Lean Six Sigma

Please upgrade your browser MP3 File (run time 29:14) Episode #118 is a follow up to podcast #116 with  Jim Womack, founder and former Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Institue, now their Senior Advisor and author of the new book “Gemba Walks,” available in paperback, Kindle format, iBooks, and other formats. In this episode, we […]

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

Fox News Channel Understands “Lean” Better than the WSJ

On Friday, there was yet another Wall Street Journal article about Lean (fixating as they always do on the “Just In Time” component). The article titled “For Lean Factories, No Buffer” yet again takes an outdated 1980s view that Lean is about low inventory. On the flip side, I was more pleasantly surprised that Fox […]