Continuous Improvement - Lean Alone No Longer Cutting It by Tonya Vinas, IndustryWeek:
Well I would agree "lean," as it is commonly implemented, is not enough. I believe additionaly ideas from Deming that are missing from many lean efforts would be helpful (Toyota applies Deming's ideas to a much greater extent than those modifying Toyota's practices for their organization). Those concepts will mainly aid long term continual improvement of the organization (rather than provide short term quick fixes).
I think moves away from lean, that are the result of gut reactions to such worries, are likely. Also I feel that the rapidly movement of managers and their desire to "make their mark" in their new job, results in new managers making changes (away from lean) mainly to show the impact they have (or because they are not familiar or comfortable with lean concepts). Neither are good reasons for changes, in my opinion.
I think the article raises some interesting questions. I, also, believe the practice of lean is increasing. I would be interested if the readers of our blog think lean thinking is increasing or is on the decline.