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Reflections on Hoshin Planning
Guidance for Leaders and Practitioners

ISBN 9781482299786
Published February 4, 2016 by Productivity Press
224 Pages 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The conditions in which leaders apply Hoshin Planning today have changed substantially since the method was established in the 1950’s. There is better and more broadly distributed understanding of statistical process improvement principles and practices in today’s organizations. Executives seem to rotate in and out of organizations with more frequency. Organizational structures are often more fluid and open. Markets change much faster, employees have greater expectations for stimulation and growth from their work, and technology is central to everything we do. To correctly apply Hoshin Planning, we must consider this modern, more complex environment.

Unfortunately, a solid understanding of Hoshin mechanics, techniques, and tools isn’t always enough to achieve outstanding performance. This book examines Hoshin Planning a little less through the controllable lens of methodology and more through the ever-shifting and imperfect lens of daily life in organizations.

Picking up where many Hoshin "how-to" books leave off, this book presents practical ideas and tools for overcoming the messier obstacles faced by today's executives and planning professionals. You will learn ways to work your strategic planning productively in the face of sometimes tough challenges, such as working with unions, planning during an acquisition, and dealing with measurement fatigue.

This book addresses these and other issues with a candid, practical, and compassionate eye. Using real stories and examples, Boisvert shares valuable observations she’s made through nearly two decades of consulting with organizations.

Inevitably, your organization will experience unplanned events and surprising results that will require modification of what looked like perfectly good plans. A reliable practice of Hoshin stays on its toes. Flexibility, alertness, pragmatism, and thoughtful, hardworking leadership are the themes of this book.

Table of Contents

Hoshin Planning Overview
Reasons for Hoshin and Its Role in Planning
Special Features of Hoshin Planning
Challenges to Implementing Hoshin Planning
Hoshin Planning

Organizing for Hoshin
Hoshin Roles
Organizational Structures and Tools that May Support Hoshin
Leveraging Traditional Human Resource Practices
Space as Tool for Organizing Hoshin Work
Labor Unions
Organization of Hoshin Meetings
Organization as a Hoshin Enabler

Strategy and Hoshin Preplanning
Hoshin Planning ≠ Strategy
Some Sources of Strategy
A Test Before Going "Live" with a Strategy
Building the Ramp Up to the Hoshin
Setting a Solid Foundation for Choosing and Implementing
the Hoshin

Measuring to Support Hoshin
Metrics as a Pathway to Consensus about the Business
Types of Hoshin Metrics
Valuing Measurement Behaviors as Well as Results
Summary of Effective Measurement Practices

Building Leaders
Star Qualities among Hoshin Leaders
A Few Hoshin Leadership Principles to Consider
Some Essential Hoshin Leadership Team Practices
Leadership Team Self-Evaluation
Hoshin as a Leader Builder

Hoshin Disruption
Changing a Familiar Organizational Habitat
Professional Identity and Change
Climbing Change
Actively Advancing the Change
Change and Growth via Hoshin Planning

Hoshin and Acquisition
Establish a Plan for the Hoshin during the Transaction and Integration Periods
Use Measureable Results to Maintain Hoshin Visibility
Prioritize Communication
Conduct a Review
Redirect Hoshin Resources Proactively
Consider the Human Side
The Intention of the Hoshin May Matter
Hoshin as an Organizational Organism

Hoshin Hacking: Planning Lessons from Startup Companies
Vocab Words
Hoshin Planning Lessons from Startups
Is There a Hacked Hoshin for Startups?
Hoshin Planning as a Flexible Planning Practice

Appendix: Hoshin Tools



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Lisa Boisvert has consulted with organizations in the application of Process Improvement and Hoshin Planning in such areas as electrical power generation; the manufacture of vaccines, laser fabric cutters, roofing material, industrial surface conditioning brushes, and insulin testing kits; the processing of chicken and bread; banking; and the delivery of patient care and human services.

Prior to forming Business Centered Learning™, LLC in 1999, Boisvert served as general manager for the services division of GOAL/QPC. Earlier, as the company’s Research Director, she convened and published the collective work of leaders from around the world in the application of Process Improvement and Hoshin Planning to manufacturing, health care, and financial services industries. Her work with these early Hoshin practitioners, progressive executives and Quality Management subject matter experts continues to inform her work with leadership teams today.


"An engaging read with critical insights for leaders on achieving strategic success through the power of Hoshin Planning."
—John Hamilton, Vice President, Quality, Philips

"This book is a significant contribution to the Hoshin body of knowledge. There is no such thing as a perfect solution for any of these real challenges to implementing Hoshin Planning, but in all cases, Boisvert creates a useful point of departure for practitioners to craft their own best solution."
—Mike Cowley, coauthor of Beyond Strategic Vision: Effective Corporate Action with Hoshin Planning