Are Lean and Agile Equal Partners?

An industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, Product Portfolio Management, Scrum and Agile Design, Alan Salloway helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas. He is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives In a past podcast (Related Podcast and Transcription: Shalloway Continue reading

Challenging the Traditional Pillars of Lean?

Today’s businesses are increasingly complex — and traditional pillars of management are obsolete, says Yves Morieux. He says, it falls to individual employees to navigate the rabbit’s warren of interdependencies. In this energetic talk, Morieux offers six rules for “smart simplicity.” (Rule One: Understand what your colleagues actually do.). His Continue reading

The Differences between Standard Work and TWI

In last weeks podcast with Alain Patchong, the founder of the TheOneDayExpert and author of a series of books on Standard Work, I discussed with him the differences and the similarities of TWI and Standard Work. Below is an excerpt from the conversation. The related transcription and podcast can be Continue reading

Old Style Thinking of Plan – Do

One of my favorite authors (even though he has turned me down several times for a podcast) is Jim Highsmith. Jim has authored, several books with my favorite being Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products (2nd Edition) which comes as no surprise to most readers of this blog. One of Continue reading

Solutions – Simple Enough for Everyone to Master

Alain Patchong is the founder of the TheOneDayExpert and author of a series of books on Standard Work. TheOneDayExpert is built around the simple idea that in today’s highly competitive environment, industry, which has already harvest low-hanging fruits, cannot rely anymore on single-minded or one-size-fits-all tools. TheOneDayExpert leverages 20+ years Continue reading

Respect in Lean

I asked Michael Balle in a past interview (Related Podcast and Transcription: Pushing Kaizen Beyond the Walls) what the term “respect” means in Lean. Michael Ballé is the co-author of, The Gold Mine, and The Lean Manager. His most recent book is Lead with Respect. Joe:  You touched upon a point Continue reading

When Not To Use Standard Work

TheOneDayExpert is built around the simple idea that in today’s highly competitive environment, industry, which has already harvest low-hanging fruits, cannot rely anymore on single-minded or one-size-fits-all tools. Experts with holistic view and deep insight are needed. Yet solutions must be made simple enough for everyone to master and own Continue reading

Why use all Three? TOC, Lean, Six Sigma

A favorite podcast of mine was with Bob Sproull,  an experienced manufacturing executive with a distinguished track record of achieving improvement goals in Manufacturing, MRO, Quality, Product Development, and Engineering. In the podcast (Related Podcast and Transcription: Can Theory of Constraints, Lean and Six Sigma Co-Exist), I asked Bob; “Why Continue reading