Lessons from the Road

Lessons from the Road: Making Oobeya Work

12.07.2016

It’s hard to sound more jargony (yes, I made up that word) than oobeya, but its functionality for improving communication and collaboration for teams is unparalleled. And so, after IndustryWeek’s Jill Jusko described it in Obeya: The Brain of the Lean Enterprise, that opened the door for me to cover it in my Lessons from […]

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Where’s your lean team? [Lessons from the Road]

10.05.2016

This year, for my Industry Week column, I’ve tried to take on topics that may have many people disagreeing with me. It is one way to move the conversation. This is a topic that isn’t controversial as much as it is political and messy: where in the organization should I position my lean team? There […]

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White space for important work [Lessons from the Road]

02.29.2016

In 2016 I am trying, with my column Lessons from the Road, to stretch people’s thinking and not just refine it. I hope that most of my columns will generate some disagreement or at least some questions. This month in White space for important work I am addressing Leader Standard Work and whether it is […]

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IndustryWeek’s Lean Leadership Guidebook

12.20.2015

I was flipping through the latest copy of IndustryWeek and came across this page. I wasn’t aware it was being run, but it’s nice to know that IW considers my columns useful enough to put them together in a guidebook. You can download the Lean Leadership Guidebook here.  

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How to Engage with the Lean Community [Lessons from the Road]

12.07.2015

From the conferences I’ve attended to the unsolicited emails I receive, I’ve been continually impressed by the quality of engagement throughout the lean community. There is plenty of interest in learning, sharing, and collaborating. I wrote my regular IndustryWeek column on how to engage with the lean community, as there is plenty to learn by […]

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The Need for Training Within Industry [Lessons from the Road]

06.09.2015

In this installment of my IndustryWeek Lessons from the Road column, I address some of the needs and challenges of Training Within Industry, after reflections from my keynote at Lean Frontier’s TWI / Lean HR Summit. In The Need for Training Within Industry, I don’t so much cover the basics as explore some of the […]

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Beyond the Lean Initiative [Lessons from the Road]

04.08.2015

Through my IndustryWeek column, Lessons from the Road, I’ve been exploring some of the issues associated with the ongoing maturing of a lean journey. In this installment, Beyond the Lean Initiative, I explore issues with making lean an integral part of the organization. It can no longer be an initiative. It has to be, plain […]

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Losing Control of Your Lean Journey [Lessons from the Road]

02.11.2015

Do you feel a little out of control of your lean journey? Good. The lean journey is not one that can be so self-contained that one person or team can keep their arms around it. If they can, it either hasn’t reached that important transitional point, or you are choking it off. In this month’s […]

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Building a Strong Lean Foundation [Lessons from the Road]

11.30.2014

Organizational transformation is a tricky challenge. Many, if not most, of the questions I received have to do with how to transform an organization. And a small organization is just as challenging as a large organization, but for different reasons. In the last installment of Lessons from the Road, I addressed some key issues in […]

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The Lean Starting Line [Lessons from the Road]

10.02.2014

It’s time for another installment of Lessons from the Road, my column for IndustryWeek. In the next few installments, I will talk about the lean roadmap, or how to handle the change management of the lean journey. This month, I am talking about the beginning of the journey, The Lean Starting Line. Here is an […]

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