Supply Chain

Click on the Lean articles belows to find out more about how Lean Thinking and Practice is being applied to Supply Chains and for relevant events and workshops.

Visit our Lean Book Store to view publications on Lean in Supply Chains here

  • PDCA
  • Seeing the Whole Value Stream 2nd Edition
  • Go2gemba
  • Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream
  • If you don’t try to change something then you don’t learn

    In the run up to our Sharing Day on April 3rd I’ve been reading through the abstracts we have received from people wanting to share their stories and bring their questions. One reflection is that if you don’t try to change something then you don’t learn.

    {continue reading}

  • Seeing the Whole Value Stream 2nd Edition

    Daniel T Jones, James P. Womack, David Brunt and M. Lovejoy


    It's time to see and then to optimize the entire value stream from raw materials to customer

  • Supply Chain Walks

    Dan Jones takes a walk through two complete supply chains. The first from vegetable grower through a consolidation warehouse to a Distribution Centre and then to a Tesco store. The second a virtual walk through the supply chains of an aerospace manufacturer. He reflects on the learning points.

    {continue reading}

  • Building a Lean Fulfillment Stream

    Robert Martichenko and Kevin Von Grabe


    A step-by-step implementation process for optimising your entire supply chain and logistics to create maximum value at minimum total cost.

    Screenshot 2020-02-14 09.16.05

    Lean Supply Chains & Risk

    Ensuring the safety of people during the Corona Virus is the most important issue, but it is also affecting business. Yesterday JCB, the UK maker of yellow diggers, announced it is cutting production and working hours at its UK factories as it faces component shortages from China.

    {continue reading}

    Which way are you going?

    Reflections from our Learning Event

    This article first appeared on Planet Lean in June 2019 to help explain the reason for holding an event where educationalists and industry professionals could learn from one another on the subject of Lean Thinking. Post the event, there are a few reflections to share on our discussions.

    {continue reading}


    Good Practice Makes Perfect

    This article first appeared on Planet Lean at the end of November 2019. As Roberto Priolo and I watched one of Rio de Janeiro's famous samba schools practice we discussed the parallels between learning and implementing Lean Thinking and attaining a good level of musical ability.

    {continue reading}

    Screenshot 2019 09 06 122802

    Lean Learning and Capability Development

    Of the five dimensions John Shook identified in the Lean Transformation Framework capability development is probably the least understood and researched. We’ve posed two questions to explore this further.

    {continue reading}

    UK Lean Summit 2015 Lean Transformation Developing The Capability To Improve The Work Photos From The Event 38

    First Global Learning Lean Summit

    Lean Thinking is a learning system. Join us at our 2019 event to learn how the best companies are using lean to develop learning and capability for customer value and continuous improvement.

    {continue reading}

    Save the Date: UK Lean Summit 24th & 25th October 2019

    Since we organised our first UK Lean Summit way back in 1997, we've always tried to push the frontiers of Lean Thinking - both in terms of lean research and lean practice. For 2019 we've partnered with The Learning Trust in order to bring a Summit linking the world of business with learning.

    Lean Leadership Workshops in Dublin, 2018

    The Lean Enterprise Academy have teamed up with Dublin City University and EIURA (European Industry University Research Association) to bring a series of public Lean Workshops to Ireland. They will be held in Dublin at the DCU Campus during the week of 5th March 2018.

    More Articles