A common lament that I hear from most companies, incluing my old company, is the difficulty they have getting employees to frequently contribute quality ideas (suggestions) to improve the performance of the organization, and even their own work. The good old “suggestion box” has been around for decades with varying degrees of success but mostly ineffective. [...]
I spend at least 50% of my time teaching classes for people who for various reasons are interested enough in lean to spend a week immersed in experiences designed to cause them to understand and apply lean principles to what they do. The focus of the week is creating breakthrough thinking that will shift beliefs about [...]
On the surface this really sounds like a dumb thing to say particularly coming from someone who has co-authored a relatively successful lean book. It is also counterintuitive. Shouldn’t you always read books specifically about the subject you are trying to master? What I recently discovered is that I’m learning more about lean by reading seemingly unrelated books. […]
At some point on the lean journey you must have looked at your “lean work” as just that, an extra task on the list or another project on your list that earned its place based on the fires you had to fight and immediate pressures. Many times lean begins as work done in 3-5 day events, as the work that is done early in the morning or at the end of the day or by someone else such as a lean co-ordinator– extra work. There is a point in time that you and those you work with truly integrate lean into how you work.
Those of you who know me are aware that I have been slow to embrace the power and value of social media. Fortunately my friend and partner, Jamie Flinchbaugh, has convinced me of the error of my ways. This is my 1st foray into the blogosphere and I hope to be a valuable contributor. Although it is becoming less common, unfortunately it is still not uncommon to find employees, and even entire departments, unwilling to participate and contribute ideas or suggestions to improve their organization. The reasons are wide and varied and often would take a psychiatrist’s couch to understand. The following is a tale of an extremely important department in a company, we will call them AAA, that was not only unwilling to be engaged, they were downright militant about it. […]
In this video, Andy Carlino and Jamie Flinchbaugh discuss lean in a union environment. This is not about pro-union or anti-union, but a recognition that having a union does affect how you deal with change. When it comes to lean transformation, it presents some challenges but also some advantages, because you know the rules and have [...]