In the spirit of continuous improvement, I regularly read Lean books and troll a variety of websites focused on making operations better. I often see comments that imply that if a company does not precisely follow Toyota’s methods, it is doing Lean wrong.
I agree that Toyota has contributed a great deal to the Lean community, and suspect it will continue to do so, but the world is constantly evolving. And when things change, we often continue to trust old evidence and fail to collect new facts. So, in this month’s featured article, I am going to discuss a sacred topic. I am going to question whether Toyota is still the undisputed champion of Lean.
This Month’s Highlights
What’s New?: We’ll be launching an ‘Ask an Expert’ feature this month. We are also going to be trying out a ‘WebiLean’ concept to add another way to bring you great Lean content.
Featured Products: We revamped our class catalog last month, so will be offering a 30% off coupon to our subscribers. It’s good for all of our Lean PowerPoint presentations and student guides.
As always, best wishes on your Lean journey.
New Terms on Gotta Go Lean
We go through spurts of progress on The Continuous Improvement Companion, and have gotten many new terms posted this month. We’ve also set it up so new terms go out on the Gotta Go Lean blog feed. Sign up so whenever we post a new entry to our online reference guide, you can find out about it right away.
We’ll also be formally rolling out our ‘Ask an Expert’ feature this month.
If a question is of general interest, we can add it to our list of frequently asked questions, publish it as an article on the Gotta Go Lean blog, or even discuss it in our upcoming ‘WebiLean’ experiment. We may even surprise you with a guest expert from time to time.
So, let’s get the ball rolling right now. If you have a Lean question you’d like me to tackle, let me know about it by emailing me at Info@Velaction.com.
The WebiLean Experiment
What’s ‘WebiLean’? It is an experimental idea that combines a webinar, a podcast, and a radio show, and churns out something new, and hopefully much better. I’ll be broadcasting in a live webinar format that you can attend. It gives you the opportunity to ask questions, and lets us throw in a few interactive things you can’t get in a regular broadcast. We can also add some visuals to what we are talking about. We’ll record the event, and then post it just in case you could not attend the initial broadcast. We’re working with someone to be a regular on the show, so stay tuned.
We’d love to hear your thoughts on the WebiLean concept. Contact us at the email address above to tell us what you think or offer ideas.
Is Toyota Still the Champ?
Toyota has unquestionably been instrumental in promoting Lean principles through its production system. The evolutionary, and sometimes revolutionary, path it has followed has been emulated by many, and is often held out as the beacon of Lean in the continuous improvement community.
We’ve retooled our Lean Training System, and have updated our catalog page. The new look showcases our modular approach to training. Instead of investing in big packages, you can buy just the training you need, in just the format you want.
In order to celebrate the new look and expanded selection of our course catalog, we are offering a 30% off coupon. It’s good for any of the PowerPoint presentations or Student Guides that are currently listed in our catalog.
Use coupon code OCT30PPTSG when making your purchase. Expires October 31, 2010.