Another excellent podcast from the Lean Blog: Dr. Jeffrey Liker.
Dr. Liker discusses the subtleties of doing actually doing lean versus talking about doing lean. Dr. Liker has authored: The Toyota Way, The Toyota Way Fieldbook and The Toyota Product Development System: Integrating People, Process And Technology. His consulting firm is: Optiprise.
True lean management is not instant pudding. The more knowledgeable people are about lean practices the less they focus on quick fixes and the more they talk about deep changes. And yet some quick gains are possible. The challenge is to use early gains to build the capacity of the organization for the truly remarkable possible long term gains.