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Apr 11, 2014

Are You Really Different? Lean Flow for Skilled Repair Work

A story about how an aircraft repair facility, made up of many skilled tradesmen, was transformed into an effective lean team....More
Karyn Ross, Liker Leadership Institute
Mar 14, 2014

Micromanage the Process by Respecting People

Micromanagement doesn't have to be viewed as a negative if you manage the process so that team members can be successful....More
Jeffrey Liker
Mar 07, 2014

Is OEE a Useful Key Performance Indicator?

The only good argument for OEE is that at a macro-level in a plant it provides a high level picture of how your equipment is functioning....More
Feb 10, 2014

Is Lean a Waste Elimination Program or Striving for Excellence?

Focusing on problems in the current state drains our energy, while building a positive future vision to strive for builds positive energy for change....More
Karyn Ross
Jan 31, 2014

Improve People First

When we teach our team members to identify and solve problems, we give our organization the competitive edge needed to satisfy and create loyal....More
John Drogosz
Jan 24, 2014

Lean Product and Process Development

Lean Product Development is about eliminating waste not just in development processes but across the enterprise....More
Dr. Mark Jaben
Jan 17, 2014

How Your Brain Gets In The Way: Why Lean Works and When It Doesn't

Is the way your brain works a barrier to or a facilitator of change?....More
Jan 10, 2014

Continuous Improvement Is Not Enough

Improvement is not enough; direction is needed to complete the equation....More
Dec 27, 2013

Getting Holiday Gifts through Lean: Zingerman's Mail Order

Before lean, it seemed to take Zingerman's 50 weeks to recover from a two-week tsunami of holiday orders....More
Dec 20, 2013

The Best Investment a Company Could Possibly Make

The best investment is taking the time to develop talented people to use their potential to reach the company's goals....More
Karyn Ross
Dec 13, 2013

Lean is Even More Important in Services than Manufacturing

If your service organization currently doesn’t practice lean, and you don’t believe it will work for you, here's an experiment that might change your....More
Dec 06, 2013

Confusion Over Standards: Limits or Basis for Innovation?

The standard is never perfectly achieved every time, but with improvement over time it is possible to reduce the variation in processes and then....More
Arturo Medellin
Dec 02, 2013

Lean in Latin Culture

The Toyota Way principles can work in any culture, but it all starts with leaders who are passionate and committed....More
George Trachilis
Nov 21, 2013

Why Problem Solving Can Seem Counterproductive

What we need most in business are leaders able to teach other leaders how to obliterate obstacles....More
Nov 14, 2013

Why Big Changes Require Many Small Changes: Kaizen and Kaikaku

Any breakthrough change requires a great deal of kaizen, some big breakthroughs in concepts and many small steps....More
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Jeffrey K. Liker

Dr. Jeffrey K. Liker is Professor of Industrial and Operations Engineering at the University of Michigan and a professional speaker and advisor through his company Liker Lean Advisors (LLI), an...

George Trachilis

George Trachilis is a co-founder and president of the Liker Leadership Institute. He is also the founder and president of an international consulting company created in 2001. A Professional Engineer...
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This would be valid if only colleagues could interact. I have seen many workplaces in large organizations where only management can interact. All infomation must flow through managers. To make it worse the work layout does not support interactions. ... If you want the benefits of co-location you have to have the right management structure and the right physical structure!!!

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