Are we lean thinking without even noticing?

Lean thinking starts with customer focused value creation. It brings up questions like: What is the customer ready to pay for? What is the ratio utility/cost? What is the ratio perceived value / cost? Lean engineered products and/or services are consistently structured in order to maximize these kinds of ratio and enhance attractiveness of offers. … Continue reading Are we lean thinking without even noticing?

The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

Until recently in the Lean community, the definition of waste was “simple”: waste is any activity consuming resources without producing value for the customer. In this definition time can be  considered a resource and “customer” is extended to anyone beneficiary of the outcome, like a patient in a hospital getting faster and better care. Focusing … Continue reading The blurring definition of Lean waste in a 4.0 world – Part 1 of 2 – Additive Manufacturing

Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

In the hype of Industrie 4.0, many things have been rebranded 4.0 with the hope to appear modern, trendy, fashionable and up-to-date. At least in Western Europe. Note: in French and German, Industry is written industrie. Phonetically they are the same as in English. >Lisez cet article en français Probe your search engine and you’ll … Continue reading Lean 4.0: does Lean need a version numbering system?

Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quickly

In the hype of digital transformation, the appeal of new technologies and the hope to buy turnkey solutions to lasting problems may eclipse the good old Lean, even so all the potentials of the latter haven’t been fully exploited. Now here are 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quickly: Digitizing wasteful activities is … Continue reading Digital transformation: 5 good reasons not to ditch Lean too quickly

Why is the Logical Thinking Process so hard to sell?

This is probably the greatest frustration for Logical Thinking Process (LTP) fans: why don’t more people get interested in? Why is the Logical Thinking Process so hard to sell? Please understand “sell” with the quotation marks, I mean promote, advertise, grow the community, attract participants to seminars and courses altogether. This post is a reflection … Continue reading Why is the Logical Thinking Process so hard to sell?