November 2012

Lean Management Journal - November 2012

WHEN THINGS FALL APART - Analysing the reasons why many lean programmes fail and the importance of learning from mistakes

IN THIS ISSUE:


PRINCIPLES & PURPOSE

  • Back to basics: Deploy lean without a plan for culture change in place, and your implementation will be set up to fail. Author Larry Rubrich discusses a lean model that builds on the methodology’s core principles.
  • When things go south:Mike Riungu of Wood Group PSN, which provides services to the oil and gas industry, talks to LMJ about lean failure and how the company was able to re-energise a shaky lean programme.
  • Get it wrong to get it right:The mistakes made at the beginning of a lean implementation and the lessons learnt are powerful tools that a company can use in order to succeed. David Howells of Renault-Nissan Consulting explains the journey of discovery the French car manufacturer undertook.

SECTOR FOCUS: HEALTHCARE

  • The model line approach:The Palo Alto Medical Foundation is a multi-specialty group practice in California that went for the rapid adoption of lean as a management system. James Hereford, Joy Hereford and Katie Anderson discuss the power of the model line.

INTERVIEW

  • A design for excellenceRoberto Priolo speaks with Kevin Duggan, Founder of the US-based Institute for Operational Excellence, who analyses the differences between lean and operational excellence and explains why the latter is critical to ensure an organisation’s rapid and lasting success.

IT’S A LEAN WORLD

  • Lean au coeur:In its November special, LMJ travels across the Channel and meets with France’s leanest companies. The case studies featured this month are Faurecia, Louis Vuitton, PO Construction, CHU Grenoble and Thales Group.

LETTERS AND COMMENT


BOOK REVIEW


LEAN DIARY

  • Once you pop you cannot stop:A year after SCGM set off on its lean journey, CEO Sandra Cadjenovic shares with LMJ the results that were achieved, and discusses what’s next for the Serbian manufacturer.

THE FIFTH COLUMN


SPECIAL FEATURE

  • Super-lean shop floor: Will Stirling attends a workshop organised by the Lean Factory Group at the JCB Academy in England. Here he shows what he saw and learned.

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