Leanology 101

We explore whether lean would benefit from taking on a scientific approach

Principles and purpose

Science of lean: Jeffery Liker, professor at the University of Michigan and Mike Rother, leadership speaker, explore whether treating lean as a practical science could see results improve.

Lean as folk medicine: Jon Miller, partner at the Kaizen Institute and founder of the Gemba Academy, analyses the parallels between traditional medicine and lean theories.

Leannovation: Chairman of the Lean Academy, Dan Jones, entrepreneur Jean-Claude Bihr and author Michael Ballé, discuss plan-do-check-act and the importance of blending action and theory.

What makes lean a science: Author Michael Ballé shares his ideas on how lean’s emphasis on each individual learning makes the theories a unique scientific process.


Case Study

Less speed, more haste

John Bouthillon, CEO of PO Construction, provides a case study about the construction industry and 10 lessons he’s learnt on being prepared, anticipating problems and running a lean organisation


Special feature

Human Lean- the key to lean sustainment is an engaged leader

Mark Gregory explains how the secret to lean lies in the employee engagement proposition not in the productivity benefit that a lean tool set provides.


Sector Focus: Lean Production

LMJ speaks to the team at Synlait Farms, a world leader in introducing lean principles to the dairy farming industry.


Lessons from Deming

A lesson on how fear in the workplace will ruin any organisations goals of lean- and how to avoid it in the first place.