Aug 27, 2008

Great thinking from all over

My fellow lean bloggers are doing an awesome job sharing their thinking or discoveries, so rather than adding to your backlog of reading, I'll mention some of those I recommend reading right now:

Mark Rosenthal, The Lean Thinker: Toyota Profit Slips 28% as Truck Sales Fall
Profits, not losses

Kevin Meyer, Evolving Excellence: Toyota: Pioneer of Momentum
Wharton attempts to describe one of Toyota's strengths, but can't make their message intelligible.

Joe Ely, Learning about Lean: There's Clutter, then there's Clutter
Arguments for and against arranging stuff all over your desk. My memory is geographic which is part of the reason I keep stuff kind of messy. But really, we need to discuss why I have so many projects in progress, which is inventory in itself.

Lee Fried, Daily Kaizen, Real and Transparent
A year after the usual "happy talk" meeting, this organization's leadership had changed. In a recent meeting...Individuals and teams spent time in front of their peers showing their “dirty laundry” and discussing some of the bigger problems that we still don’t know how to solve.  Leaders were no longer pretending to have all the answers and often talked about the PDCA process and learning.  There was a tension I could feel in the room that I think was healthy.  A tension created from a culture that is in transition and opposing mental models at play.  (Note  from Karen: I've been dipping into Peter Senge's Fifth Discipline lately and this is what he describes as a "learning organization.")

Pascal Van Cawenberghe, Thinking for a Change, The Business Value Game: v1.0 released
Ideas from Belgium -- Pascal and Vera Peeteres have been working on training simulations and asking for feedback. We simulate a situation where a group of salespeople sell projects to [onsite] customers  and need to decide what the development team will implement. The goal of the game is to make money by releasing features and by keeping customers happy (by releasing features).

Hal Macomber, Reforming Project Management, Latest Discussion of 8th Waste
Hal considers a recent debate over the 8th Waste and uses it to illustrate two wastes he and Greg Howell have spotlighted: Not listening and not speaking.  (Note from Karen: Aren't those the things come up in all our close relationships? It reinforces how work is really a network of relationships among people with a common goal. That's one of the themes that's emerging in the book I'm coauthoring about a world-record-breaking marathon of singing "Danny Boy." Let me know if you want our brand new sample chapter.)

Good job, guys!

1 comment:

Ralph Bernstein said...

Karen - I also enjoy reading other lean blogs, including Kevin Meyer's.
But his blog is called Evolving Excellence.
I write the Lean Insider, at

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