INFOPACKS

A3 Thinking: This guide provides an introduction to the fundamentals of "A3" thinking, an elegant and structured approach to root cause problem solving. This Infopack explains what an A3 is, why you'd want to use it, and highlights common mistakes. 

Value Stream Mapping: A short primer on the basics of value stream mapping. This Infopack identifies the key components of a value stream map, and suggests how to introduce it to your organization. 

Bridging the Gap: Sometimes the basics get lost in the heated discussions over the various ways to develop strategy. This short Infopack presents four key principles that you don't want to forget, irrespective of your preferred approach to making strategy. 

ASSESSMENTS

Fit Organization: Is your organization fit or flabby? Use this self-assessment to identify where you're doing well and where you need some work in the six critical areas for operational excellence. 

Organizational Efficiency: What people commonly perceive as time management challenges are actually symptoms of underlying problems in organizational efficiency. This assessment will help you identify where the root cause lies. 

Individual Lean: Your organization may be well on its lean journey, but what about your own work habits? You might be surprised at how much waste in all its myriad forms is hidden in your own work. Take this assessment to learn where -- and how -- you can improve the way you work. 


ARTICLES

 

In Praise of Ignorance | Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Insights

Organizational Structure, Organizational Clutter | Business Transformation & Operational Excellence Insights

Smart Power Personified | Rotman Management Journal

The Fit Organization: How to Build a Continuous Improvement Culture | Rotman Management Journal

Lean Fitness: The Individual vs. The Organization | The Lean Post

How Visual Systems Make it Easier to Track Knowledge Work | Harvard Business Review Blog

The Perils of Vertical Thinking | Industry Week

Smarter Work: Applying Lean to Our Own Gemba | Planet Lean

Go To Where the Actual Work is Being Done | Harvard Business Review Blog

No One Likes to Be Changed | Harvard Business Review Blog

The Folly of Stretch Goals | Journal of the Institute of Management Services

How to Break Free From Email Jail | Harvard Business Review Blog

A Factory of One Webinar | Gemba Academy Lean Thinker Webinar Series

The Folly of Stretch Goals | Harvard Business Review Blog

Information 5S | Management Services Journal

What’s Your Job? | Productive! Magazine

A Flurry of Inactivity | Quality Progress Magazine

To-Do Lists Don’t Work | Harvard Business Review Blog

How Broken Promises Can Benefit Your Company. | Amex OPEN Forum

Inspiration Doesn’t Come From A Box Of Cocoa Puffs | Amex OPEN Forum

One snowstorm. Three leaders. One lesson in lean management | Reliable Plant Magazine

Time Management Training: A Waste of Time | Chief Learning Officer

Think You Have a Time Management Problem? Think Again | Amex OPEN Forum

Why Isn’t ‘Thinking Time’ Part Of Your Standard Work? | What Do You Want From Them

Making Time For Business | California Lawyer

TPS – The Thinking Production System | The Manufacturer

The New Frontier of Lean | Industry Week

Lean Methods, Lean Planning | Industry Week

Get Lean, Get Innovative | Industry Week

How to Make an Office Lean | Industry Week

Webinars

Building the Fit Organization | Karen Martin Group

Building the Fit Organization | KaiNexus