194 pages | 25 B/W Illus.
Leaders in Lean organizations must encourage and foster new ideas. Yet as humans we are naturally wired to feel discomfort around newness. Fortunately, there is a large body of knowledge on the leadership behaviors needed to create an environment for innovation that has been developed alongside the development of Lean thinking. Because this knowledge has been developed in large part outside of the Lean community, Lean managers, leaders, and practitioners are often not familiar with it, and when they become familiar, they struggle to integrate with the Lean tools they have learned. This book presents critical creativity skills in the context of Lean continuous improvement and Lean product development approaches.
Essentially, is your Lean implementation lacking a creative spark? Do your employees struggle to bring ideas forward? Do you need them to bring you more creative ideas and better improvements? Does your company need more innovative new products, and do you need your people to build and strengthen their ideas more effectively? Learn how you can leverage learnings from creativity studies and brain science to build more innovation into your Lean continuous improvement and Lean product development efforts.
Chapter 1: Humans: The Great Innovators – and the Great Obstructers Chapter 2: Innovation as a Necessity for Organizations – and People Chapter 3: Your brain on Innovation Chapter 4: Innovation and Lean Thinking Chapter 5: Lean Thinking in a Nutshell Chapter 6: Lean Product Development, Set-Based Design, and Learning Cycles Chapter 7: Meet Creative Problem Solving Chapter 8: Try it Now – POINt Chapter 8: Creative Problem Solving in the Lean Company Chapter 9: Your Turn Appendix: Book Club Guide Questions for Each Chapter