From our search engine stats I can see that there is considerable interest in the lean programme at Starbucks. We wrote about it back here in our Starbucks Lean Improvement post and this one on Lean:Crossing the Atlantic with your Coffee and we could spend a lot more time writing and trying to understand the application and implementation of lean in Starbucks US, from over here in the UK.
However there are people closer to it, who “see” the reality on their visits to the stores, so if you are looking for insight on the latest lean thinking at Starbucks then can we recommend that you visit this page http://www.leanblog.org/2010/09/controversy-over-new-standardized-work-at-some-starbucks-stores/
Over at the Lean Blog, Mark Graban takes comments on the lean implementation from the Starbucks Gossip website and puts them into perspective, which can be afforded by an experienced lean practitioner.
So if you are looking for a good source of lean stories and the progress at Starbucks, you would be well advised to visit the Lean Blog and have a search around.
Does anyone know if Lean at Starbucks has landed on these shores yet? or when it is due?