John Shook, Chairman and CEO of Lean Enterprise Institute, explains LEI’s Lean Transformation Model. Mr Shooks take the Lean (Toyota inspired) house as a base for the explanation. This house or temple has many variants and is variously (mis)understood. While drawing the house on a whiteboard, John Shooks gives explanation in a very simple and … Continue reading Lean Transformation Model by John Shook
I sincerely believe that experimenting with Lean tools was key to spread Lean awareness, ease the principles and tools acceptance and contribute to the Lean popularity. This was particularly okay in the “tools age”, when Lean was understood as a nice and handy toolbox. Yet limited and non sustainable successes were hints that Lean could … Continue reading Doing wrong things much better
I never liked the (Toyota inspired) Lean houses and their many variants. First all these models are generally understood as prescriptive rather than descriptive, thus those new to Lean tend to adopt and copy one model without necessarily understanding its real meaning. The building blocks of Lean houses are principles, methods and tools, reinforcing the … Continue reading Why I don’t like Lean houses, except one
A gemba walk is paying a visit to the “real place”, “where it happens”, the gemba. This visit is a critical one, as the visitor wants to make his mind about a problem, about the way things are done or in a broader sense, to check if it is possible to walk the talk. In … Continue reading What is a gemba walk?
The only “lean house” I like is LEI’s Lean transformation model presented by John Shook. Unlike other houses or “temples”, this one does not suggest a generic template to be copied but a framework to define one’s own Lean transformation. When I first listened to John Shook’s explanations, I “saw” Theory of Constraints‘ Logical Thinking … Continue reading Lean transformation model as TP trees
Lean Principles Respect for people: it starts with saying hello Lean transformation Lean Transformation Model by John Shook Why I don’t like Lean houses, except one Lean transformation model as TP trees Lean Thinking Value, value-added, value stream Why this lean obsession about waste? If tool age didn’t pave the way of management age Lean … Continue reading Lean Management
This post is inspired by some pictures* in Mike Rother’s book “Toyota Kata”, very relevant in our actual changing times and complex situations. I really like the figures that remind that the journey towards a goal requires entering unclear territory at some point. Experience from the military tells that no plan, regardless how carefully it … Continue reading You are entering unclear territory