Positioning Lean for Success

Previously when I was discussing, Let’s make Lean Simple Again, I had introduced the SALES Acronym for providing an overall scope to the effort and provide direction for the participating team. However, there is another challenge and that is ensuring we understand better the level of perspective we are facing. We want to understand the highest leverage Read More …

The 5 Big Questions for Lean Marketing

In the book, The Lean Strategy, the authors compare the 5 Key Questions of Michael Porters’ seminal work on strategy to Toyota’s strategy. Michael Porter’s Strategy Model Shaped by 5 Key Questions How do you respond to the bargaining power of customers? How do you increase our bargaining power over suppliers? How do you counter the Read More …

Let’s make Lean Simple Again

I was taught Lean is simple: Find a problem, Solve a problem. It really is that simple to get started. Using my interpretation of Lean thinking, we start by: Capture what you are doing (CAP-Do) Create your Standard Practice (SDCA) Take one of those practices improve on it (PDCA) Try something new explore (EDCA) The percentage Read More …

Putting a Lean Strategy into Action

Dan Jones is a management thought leader and advisor on applying lean, process thinking to every type of business across the world. He is the founding Chairman of the Lean Enterprise Academy www.leanuk.org in the UK, dedicated to pushing forward the frontiers of lean thinking and helping others with its implementation. He is also the co-author of the Read More …