Lean Blog Interviews — 216: Dan Jones, Lean Outside of Manufacturing

Podcasts are sponsored by KaiNexus and their continuous improvement software platform — www.KaiNexus.com Returning to the podcast after his first appearance in Episode #188 is Daniel T. Jones, founder and chairman of the UK-based Lean Enterprise Academy. You can find him on Twitter now as @DanielJonesLean. Dan collaborated with Jim Womack on the books The Machine That Changed the World, Lean Thinking, and Lean Solutions and published other books through the LEA. He is also a senior advisor to the relatively new website and journal “Planet Lean.” In this episode, we talk about some of the progress being made in areas outside of manufacturing. Dan says there’s “awareness everywhere” but asks if there’s “real depth” in Lean progress? We’ll discuss how we can reframe Lean for the public sector and healthcare as a way of going beyond mere cost cutting programs. What does Dan seeing happen in software and startup sectors with Lean in companies like Spotify in Sweden? How is interest in the core “respect for people” leading to a search for “more holistic management methods?” For a link to this episode, refer people to www.leanblog.org/216. For earlier episodes of the Lean Blog Podcast, visit the main Podcast page at www.leanpodcast.org, which includes information on how to subscribe via RSS or via Apple iTunes.